Maintaining a Pest-free Restaurant

Pests in your restaurant not only harm your customers, affect your staff and damage your restaurant’s reputation—they could also expose you to costly litigation and even lead to your facility’s closure. Work closely with a pest management professional to take preventive measures against common pests like rodents, flies and cockroaches. Focus on Hot Spots Working…

Holiday Parties: Limiting Social Host Liquor Liability

A bartender is legally liable for serving alcohol to a patron who becomes intoxicated and then injures a third party. Does a business face a similar exposure when it hosts a social event where alcohol is served, such as an open house or employee picnic? According to the Insurance Information Institute, liquor liability exposure is…

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Homeland Security has named October National Cyber Security Month. Themes for 2017 have been announced! Week 1: October 2-6 – Theme: Simple Steps to Online Safety. All members of the public can take some simple actions to protect themselves online and to recover in the event a cyber incident occurs. Week 1 will address the…

Food Safety After a Power Outage

Hurricanes and other natural disasters are frequently accompanied by a power outage. Oftentimes, the lack of power is as great a danger as the storm itself. If the power is out for less than four hours, the food in your refrigerator is most likely fine, provided the door was left shut. After four hours, things…

Restoring Your Business After a Flood

Floods can be miserable ordeals, even with extensive preparation. They can spring up with little to no warning and saddle you with the responsibility of a lengthy, expensive restoration period. Your business could be underwater in a flash, and you could be faced with mounting repair bills and extended interruption to your business. But floods…

Named Storm Deductibles

The heavy rainfall, high wind and storm surges associated with hurricanes and other intense storms can devastate any business, even those located hundreds of miles off a coast. Because these storms have the potential to cause tens of billions of dollars in damage, insurance providers generally use special, “named storm deductibles,” to provide coverage in…

House Passes Changes to Overtime Rules

On May 2, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Working Families Flexibility Act (also known as H.R. 1180). If approved, H.R. 1180 would authorize private employers to offer compensatory time instead of overtime pay for nonexempt employees who work more than 40 hours per week. H.R. 1180 still needs approval from the Senate and…