The gold standard legal kit for restaurant owners and operators

How to comply with employment laws and prevent employee lawsuits.

  • Plain-English breakdown of legal obligations

  • Step-by-step directions to handle everyday staff issues

  • Lawyer-drafted templates to use in your restaurant

Watch Intro Video

Employee lawsuits are a colossal waste of time and money

This is what you need to prevent them.

I’ve yet to meet a restaurant owner who was intentionally thumbing their nose at the law. Restaurant owners don’t break the law on purpose. They break it because it’s extensive and complicated and sometimes flat-out contradictory (I’m looking at you, marijuana laws). So they google a thing or two, make the best call they can, and pray that it won’t be the reason that everything comes crashing down.

But there is such a better way.  

This kit is the answer to your “what the heck am I supposed to do here” prayers. Video lessons on what you need to know to comply with federal law from hire through fire, plus downloadable, lawyer-drafted templates that you can immediately use in your restaurant.  

Doing a background check? Snag the consent form to comply with the FCRA.

Using a tip pool? Download the template for the proper notice under the FLSA.

Your employee request a disability accommodation?  (Would you even recognize it if they did)? Follow the step-by-step checklist to handle it like an ADA pro.

This kit gives you CONFIDENCE (and yes, explanations of those sweet little acronyms). Confidence that you know what you’re supposed to know, confidence that your forms say what they’re supposed to say, and confidence that you can breathe easy on the employment law front and focus more of your time, money and sanity on running that killer restaurant.

  • Video Lessons

    Taught by me, Lexi, who spent years with a front row seat to how it can all go wrong, so that you can make it all go right. We're talking every major risk area, from hire through fire.

  • Downloadable Word Templates

    Clean + Lawyer-Drafted. Just throw them on your letterhead and you're ready to rock and roll.

  • Checklists + Quick Reference Cheat Sheets

    Step-by-step directions to keep your restaurant on the legal straight and narrow.

THE WHOLE SHEBANG.

  • 1
    The Basics
    • An Intro Note from Lexi - You just made your smartest move yet.
    • The Basics - Are they my employee or an independent contractor? The one word that determines the difference. Plus, how to know which laws actually apply to your restaurant.
    • VIDEO: Lexi explains exactly what can happen when you don't prevent employee lawsuits. Hint: It has to do with bankruptcy, million dollar judgments, and a lot of other problems you probably can't afford.
    • Downloadable PDF: A slick as a whistle statute chart to help you pinpoint in 20 seconds or less what laws you need to care about and which ones don't apply to you.
  • 2
    Discrimination
    • Discrimination - The Golden Rule to avoid discrimination, even if you can't remember a single, solitary protected class. Also, the danger lurking in your seemingly neutral policies.
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through discrimination, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • Downloadable Word Template: Discrimination Policy + Complaint Procedures for Employee Handbook
  • 3
    Job Descriptions
    • Job Descriptions - The very first thing that can make or break you. How to lay them out, the legal implications and the one section you absolutely must have to combat THIS type of discrimination suit.
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through job descriptions, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • Downloadable Word Template: Job Description - Assistant Manager
    • Downloadable Word Template: Job Description - Prep Cook
    • Downloadable Word Template: Job Description - Host
    • Downloadable Word Template: Job Description - Server
    • Downloadable Word Template: Job Description - Dishwasher
    • Downloadable Word Template: Job Description - Bartender
  • 4
    Job Applications
    • Job Applications - The second thing that can make or break you. The 4 armored statements you must include and the 2 things to almost never ask.
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through job applications, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • Downloadable Word Template: Job Application Template
  • 5
    Interviews
    • Interviews - The most sensitive (but necessary) topic to discuss. Plus, stereotypes, entrapment and a $12 million mistake.
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through interviews, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • Downloadable PDF: Dicey Interview Topics: Exactly What Not to Say + Exactly What to Say Instead
    • Downloadable PDF: Step-by-Step Guide to Conduct a Legally-Solid Structured Interview
    • Downloadable PDF: Final Interview Prep Checklist to Confirm You're Ready to Rock 'n Roll
  • 6
    Background Checks
    • Background Checks - What you NEED TO KNOW if you're sleuthing through their social media. Plus, criminal history, drugs and what's flat out illegal if you ask at the wrong time.
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through background checks, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • Downloadable Word Template: Consumer Disclosure for Background Check
    • Downloadable Word Template: Consumer Authorization for Background Check
    • Downloadable Word Template: Reference Check Authorization + Release Form Template
    • Downloadable Word Template: Drug + Alcohol Policy for Employee Handbook
    • Downloadable Word Template: Drug + Alcohol Testing Consent Form Template
  • 7
    Non-Exempt Employees
    • Non-Exempt Employees - The simple mistake employers walk into again and again. Hint: You're the master in all areas, except for THIS.
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through non-exempt employees, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • Downloadable Word Template: Overtime Policy + Procedures for Employee Handbook
    • Downloadable Word Template: Payroll Deduction Authorization Form Template
  • 8
    Exempt Employees
    • Exempt Employees - If the word "exemption" makes you want to hide under the table. Plus, the 3 misclassification mistakes that can cost you, BIG.
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through exempt employees, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • Downloadable PDF: The easy peasy questionnaire to nail down exemptions once-and-for-all.
  • 9
    Tips + Tip Pooling
    • Tips + Tip Pooling - New law alert, baby! Exactly who can share tips and when. Plus, the increased penalty for sharing a single red cent with THESE folks.
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through tips + tip pooling, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • Downloadable Word Template: Tip Credit Notice With Pooling Agreement
    • Downloadable Word Template: Tip Credit Notice Without Pooling Agreement
    • Downloadable Word Template: Minimum Wage Pooling Agreement
  • 10
    Written Pay Practices
    • Written Pay Practices - The single greatest reason your employees will want to sue you. Learn from the mistake this celeb made in her (now closed) restaurant.
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through written pay practices, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • Downloadable Word Template: Pay Practices Policy for Employee Handbook
  • 11
    Breaks
    • Breaks - Rest, lunch and the risk in making guarantees.
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through breaks, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • Downloadable Word Template: Break Policy for Employee Handbook
  • 12
    Harassment
    • Harassment - What's actually illegal vs. what's just not politically correct.
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through harassment, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • Downloadable Word Template: Harassment Policy + Complaint Procedures for Employee Handbook
  • 13
    Sexual Harassment Part 1