The Industry Publication: Year In Review 2022

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The Industry Publication: October 2022

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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Confirms Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements in Restaurant Delivery Company Employment Contracts

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Restaurant delivery services such as Grubhub became nearly ubiquitous during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and remain part of the food service industry for the foreseeable future. Because employment disputes within this niche of the industry are common, the contracts that restaurant delivery companies use with their employees often contain arbitration provisions. But are…

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RIW Business and Banking Litigation Attorney Roger L. Smerage Leads Legal Workshops at Folly Cove Intensive Entrepreneurial Seminar

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On July 13th and 20th, 2022, Roger L. Smerage led legal workshops as part of the Folly Cove Intensive, a week-long seminar held at Folly Cove Studio in picturesque Lanesville, Gloucester. The seminar is designed for small business owners who are seeking to grow and adapt their products or services. This year’s seminar focused on…

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The Industry Publication: July 2022

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Don’t Drown In the Tip Pool: An Overview of the Massachusetts Tip Pooling Statute

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Tip pooling is the practice of taking gratuities received from patrons and either pooling all or part of them to be distributed to other employees. It is the typical practice for restaurants, banquet facilities and other places where prepared food or beverages are served to implement some form of tip pooling as part of their…

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The Industry Publication: June 2022

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Client Alert – Proposed Increase to Alcohol Retail License Cap

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Proposed Massachusetts Ballot Initiative Would Increase Retail Liquor License Cap A proposed ballot initiative is currently pending with the state legislature and, if the requisite signatures are obtained by the July 6, 2022 deadline, would appear on the ballot this November. The petition, titled “An Initiative Petition for a Law Relative to 21st Century Alcohol…

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Key Considerations for Restaurant Construction Contracts

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Restaurant owners are well aware of the financial risks associated with running a restaurant, especially after over two years of pandemic-driven impacts across the restaurant industry. Just as important, however, is an awareness of the financial risks associated with building the restaurant space in the first place. Although no contract can completely shield an owner…

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Ari N. Stern Joins Ruberto, Israel & Weiner as a Shareholder in the Litigation Department and in the Franchise Law and Hospitality Practice Groups

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RIW is pleased to announce that Ari Stern has joined the firm as a shareholder in the Litigation Department and in the Franchise Law and Hospitality Practice Groups. Ari utilizes a pragmatic, interest-based approach to assist companies and executives in high-stakes commercial and employment disputes. Ari is a nationally-recognized franchise attorney whose expertise and leadership are a valuable addition to a…

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