Author Archives: William Adams

About William Adams

Attorney at Norton, Moore, & Adams, LLP.

Does Selling Growlers Leave Customers Susceptible to Open Container Violation?

Growlers:  Branding them can make for great marketing.  Holding events around them can develop a loyal customer base.  For smaller breweries, they can be the only cost-effective way to allow your established customers to share your drink with others.  These … Continue reading

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Less Known Alcohol Beverage Licenses in California

California’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) offers a wide variety of license types, required for a wide variety of purposes in California.  Ordinarily, only a few types of licenses are commonly thought of (Types 20 and 21 for off-site sales and … Continue reading

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Tip Pooling Part Two:  Tipping Management and Other Employees

As discussed in Part One of the Gratuity Law Series, California’s Labor Code §351 provides that “no employer or agent shall collect, take, or receive any gratuity” if the patron intended for the gratuity to be given to an employee.  … Continue reading

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Why restaurants account for the most sex harassment claims

Nearly 40% of EEOC claims for sex harassment claims emanate from restaurants.  That’s more than any other type of business.  Why?  See this Atlantic Magazine’s CityLab article

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What’s required to begin franchising a business?

The United States is filled with successful franchises, ranging from small businesses slowly spreading their reach to Fortune 500 conglomerates with a global empire.  Many times, the average consumer is oblivious to whether an establishment is operated by a franchisee, … Continue reading

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Legality of Surcharges to Offset Rising Wages

With the passage of both local and state minimum wage increases, the hospitality industry has looked at surcharges to off-set the costs of a labor force, which has traditionally looked to tips for much of their actual compensation. The state … Continue reading

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CityLab: Can Craft Breweries Transform America’s Post-Industrial Neighborhoods?

Interesting article in Atlantic Magazine’s CityLab by renowned urban economist Richard Florida: Can Craft Breweries Transform America’s Post-Industrial Neighborhoods?

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