Potluck

Attention hospitality professionals.  Come join me and Sahara Pynes at the Potluck Conference on February 20-21st at the Hudson Loft in downtown Los Angeles.

This new conference is for professionals in the evolving hospitality industry, including hotels, restaurants, venues for private dinners, off-site catering, pop-ups and underground supper clubs.  It is open to innovators from

There’s a new twist in the ongoing soap-opera like saga surrounding the Los Angeles Citywide Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance.  The Hotel Associations that opposed the Ordinance have now dropped their two-year law suit to stop it.

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As we reported here and here, the Ordinance had an effective date of July 1, 2015 for

I was presenting to a terrific group of HR Directors at the LA Restaurant HR Association last week, and a question about California’s new paid sick leave requirements came up. 

One sleeper provision of that new law requires that sick leave be paid at the employee’s “regular rate” and not the base hourly rate.  Of

October is a busy month for presentations on new legal developments and you have a couple of opportunities to hear me speak.

If you work in the hospitality industry and are following the Los Angeles City Council’s recent vote to increase the minimum wage for hotel workers to a whopping $15.37 per hour next July,

The Los Angeles City Council voted last week to raise the minimum wage for Los Angeles area hotels to $15.37 per hour.  The minimum wage will increase for hotels with 300 or more rooms in July 2015, and for hotels with 150 or more rooms in July 2016.  

Of note, this minimum wage increase was