In an era where whistleblower and retaliation claims outpace every other type of employment claim, one can never tell when a disgruntled employee may file a frivolous complaint. Accordingly, restaurants should take certain basic steps to review and eliminate common, often overlooked OSHA violations. As a bonus, improved OSHA compliance will also reduce hazards and provide a non-union employer an opportunity to demonstrate interest to its employees, as well as better engage them in the company's success. Such efforts will improve morale, productivity and customer service, and likely reduce employee grievances and legal claims.
Here are some areas of concern, and some practical steps, applicable to any restaurant setting:
One of the basic services expected of an executive search firm (especially a retained one) is to put together valid and thorough professional and character references on short-listed candidates. Obviously, the temptation is to ask said candidates for a list of references, but isn't that tantamount to asking a dog to sit in order to get a treat? Granted, in that list of names, there will be some qualified sources, but not all can be.
Small businesses (including hotels) are often sitting ducks for money-hunters seeking awards or settlements. Some may be real, others bogus, but all are costly in terms of time, legal fees, and payouts (if the business loses or settles). Knowing the problem spots can help you devise strategies for avoiding trouble.
Here are the key problem areas and some ideas for staying out of trouble.
Small businesses are sitting ducks for legal actions. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, abusive lawsuits cost small businesses $88 billion a year.
Even if you are in the right, it can cost you serious time and money to defend yourself. And sometimes, you can be forced to pursue legal action to enforce your rights. According to an SBA report, legal fees of small businesses can range from $3,000 to $150,000. A better course of action is to avoid legal problems. Here are a dozen ways to keep your business safe, or at least as safe as possible.