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  • Should my New York based business be a Delaware LLC?

    By : Mark Stumer

      The answer is very a simple and unequivocal, “NO.”  I decided to write this post because I get asked that question at least once a month and there is a lot of misinformation on the subject. Despite …

  • Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act Enacted

    By : Mark Stumer

        On April 11, 2018, the New York City Council enacted a package of legislation referred to as the “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act,” described by the City Council as critical to creating safe wor …

  • NYC Cabaret Law Will Be Repealed!

    By : Mark Stumer

    The New York City Council overwhelmingly voted on October 31, 2017, to pass legislation (Int. 1652) that repeals the City’s longstanding Cabaret Law. At the same time, Int. 1652 retains certain securi …

  • TRADE SECRET: Keeping Secrets Secret

    By : Mark Stumer

    In the highly competitive restaurant industry, owners must take steps to protect their proprietary information, such as recipes, techniques, concepts and strategies from theft by former employees. Tra …

  • NEGLIGENCE: SLIP AND FALL LIABILITY

    By : Mark Stumer

      National Safety Council statistics establish that more people are injured in America in slip-and-fall situations than in any other accident scenario. GENERAL RULE: The owner of a restaurant or bar w …

  • SIDEWALK CAFE LICENSE: Can I get one?

    By : Mark Stumer

    Having a sidewalk café can greatly enhance the ambience of your restaurant, increase its revenues, and can have a number of other positive affects on your establishment. GENERAL RULE: To legally opera …

  • POST THE SIGN: AVOID THE FINE.

    By : Mark Stumer

    Every year restaurant and bar owners are subjected to harsh fines, both monetary and criminal, as result of failing to post various signs as required by New York State and City laws. GENERAL RULE: Alt …

  • RESTAURANTS SERVED WITH SEXUAL HARASSMENT SUITS

    By : Mark Stumer

      The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has targeted the restaurant industry as the “single largest” source of sexual harassment claims. With all the media attention on the subject late …

  • EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT: Keeping Key Personnel

    By : Mark Stumer

    As the owner of a restaurant, you should consider providing your key personnel with employment contracts. The employment contract will provide the employee with job security, will clarify all of the c …

  • Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance

    By : Mark Stumer

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is one of the most important national civil-rights laws dealing with the rights of people with disabilities. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of …