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At Your Service March 2012

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March 2012
Volume VI, Issue I


CALENDAR

** SAVE THE DATE **

May 15, 2012
20th Annual Restaurant Trends Seminar
Location TBD
presented by Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, The Boston Restaurant Group and Cafco Construction Management Please visit www.rtseminar.com for more information and to register to attend


Negotiating Assignment of Lease Provisions: How it can impact the sale of your business

Many business owners dream about the eventual sale of their business. If you have a restaurant or retail chain, special care must be given to the assignment of lease provisions in your leases. Failing to prepare for such an eventuality well in advance, can complicate, or possibly kill a sale.

Typically, a landlord will require its consent to the assignment of a lease (or a sublease) and will sometimes agree to not ‘unreasonably withhold its consent’. More sophisticated leases will provide that a change of control of the tenant is deemed an assignment of the lease for which the landlord’s consent is required. In these situations, a sale of the stock or assets of your company would require the consent of the landlord, which could delay or even stifle the sale of your business, especially where there are multiple locations/landlords.


Protect Against Risk of Disclosure of Confidential Business Information Through Employee Owned Smart Phones and Other Mobile Devices

Technology is wonderful. You can get in touch with your employees anytime, anywhere. Smart phones, ipads and other android devices are regularly used in the transaction of business away from the office. Public internet access is everywhere; airports, hotels, trains, coffee shops and public parks. Whether your employee is traveling for business or pleasure, they are always in touch. Some companies issue mobile devices to their employees for business use and others allow employees to use their own mobile devices to transact business. In the latter case, employees are using their devices for the dual purpose of conducting business and personal use. There are benefits and limitations to either choice. Many companies have found it easier and more economical to allow their employees to use their own devices rather than issue the devices through the company. However, if a company allows employees to use their own mobile devices to conduct business it must make sure that it protects against the release of confidential and private information.


Changes to EEOC Regulations Broadens Employer Liability Under ADA

In 2008, Congress passed the Americans with Disability Act Amendments Act (the “Amendments”) in response to several U.S. Supreme Court cases that narrowed the scope of protection under the ADA. On March 23, 2011, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued its regulations and interpretive guidance on the Amendments (the “Regulations”). Per the Amendments’ directive, the Regulations are aimed to substantially narrow the defenses an employer has in response to claim under the ADA.

Not surprisingly, since the enactment of the Amendments, EEOC filings for disability discrimination claims have increased. Disability claim filings have grown from 17,734 filed in 2007 (the last year prior to the Amendments) to 25,742 filed in 2011, an increase of over 8,000 claims per year. With the increase in claims and scrutiny by the EEOC, it is important to understand the change in the landscape created by the Amendment and Regulations.


Marketing Corner

Share the Love

It’s nice for owners/managers to make the rounds… say hi and be attentive to familiar customers and friends, etc.

But don’t neglect the average Joe (and Josephine). People like attention and to be made to feel special. New or occasional customers appreciate a pat on the back as much as longtime patrons.
Make your place, ‘their place’. Treat everyone like a long-time customer and they just might become one.

 


Industry Trends


In the News

Congratulations to Brad Dalbeck and Chris Damian of Legendary Restaurant Group for being named Restaurateur of the Year by the Massachusetts Restaurant Association.


Ruberto, Israel & Weiner attorneys have comprehensive knowledge and expertise in the areas of law in which they practice and the industries served.  Attorneys in RIW’s Hospitality and Retail Services Group have provided legal services to industry clients for over 30 years.

Additionally, our attorneys organize seminars, lecture, write articles, participate in trade associations, and serve on Boards of Advisors for retail, food and hospitality industry companies.

For a full description of our Hospitality and Retail Services Group, including a list of representative clients, click here.

INDUSTRY GROUP ATTORNEYS

Kelly CaralisMergers & Acquisitions and Leasing
kac@riw.com

Bradley CroftConstruction Law
blc@riw.com

Michael J. DuffyLitigation
mjd@riw.com

Stacey FriendsTrademarks and Branding
sfriends@riw.com

Bethany GrazioMergers & Acquisitions and Financing
bag@riw.com

Louis KatzMergers & Acquisitions and Leasing
lck@riw.com

Joe MagnerLitigation
jnm@riw.com

David RobinsonLitigation
dwr@riw.com

Michael D. RosenCommercial Real Estate; Zoning; Land Use; Leasing & Financing and Green Initiatives
mdr@riw.com

Russell SteinMergers & Acquisitions and Leasing
rns@riw.com


ARCHIVES

Click here for past articles on a range of issues including: Finance; Leasing; Data Security; Succession & Estate Planning; Disputes; Construction; and Branding.

Published by Ruberto, Israel & Weiner. Kelly A. Caralis, Esq., Editor.

This material is intended for informational purposes only and is not meant to be construed as legal advice. For a comprehensive understanding of the issues raised in this material, please contact a qualified attorney of your choice. © 2015 Ruberto, Israel & Weiner, P.C.

 

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