Laws. Rules. Regulations.
When you run a restaurant, you’ll need to be very familiar with them all. But it’s often the day-to-day activities – like hiring, paid time off, and medical leave – that can really get operators in a bind if they don’t follow the laws to a T.
Today, we’ll break through the confusing legal jargon and explain in simple terms the most common ones that affect you and your employees.
To start, a couple of disclaimers. We’re not attorneys and don’t play one on TV (or the internet). We didn’t make these laws/rules/regulations (so please be nice to us!). ;)
Acronyms All Around
There are five acronyms that you’ll want to familiarize yourself with:
- FLSA – Fair Labor Standards Act
- OSHA – Occupational Safety & Health Administration
- FMLA – Family Medical Leave Act
- ADA – Americans With Disabilities Act
- ACA – Affordable Care Act
These laws are incredibly complex. So our team has stripped away the layers of confusion and drilled down to the most vital basics of each.
And if you want to learn more, don’t worry! Future posts will cover each law in greater detail, while still keeping the information straightforward and targeted for busy operators.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
FLSA is an intricate law, but in terms of relevance to your day-to-day responsibilities, it would provide guidelines regarding:
– Minimum wages
– Overtime pay
– Meal & rest periods
– Exempt vs non-exempt classifications
– Final wages upon termination