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:
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.