2013:Government Affairs Recap
The NYC Hospitality Alliance started with just a few restaurant & nightlife operators in a room talking about how they could unite the industry to advocate for reducing regulatory burdens. In just over one year, that small group has grown to nearly 1,100 members citywide. We are humbled to have been so well received by the NYC hospitality industry, to have been embraced by many long standing business associations, and to have been welcomed as an important stakeholder in the halls of government.
We have issued an abbreviated recap of many of the passed and pending regulatory issues The Alliance has been addressing, since January 1, 2013. Click here to read our 2013 Government Affairs Recap ›
New Blog- Hospitality Job Board Special: 3 Tips to Ensure A Candidate is the Right Fit for Your Company!
The second installment of 'The Voice of Hospitality' Job Board Special is brought to you by Michael Hewitt of The Chef Agency. Hewitt shares 3 tips to guide you in hiring candidates who are the right fit! Read now! ›
US Court of Appeals Upholds Judges' Decision on Who Receives Tips
On Thursday, November 21st, 2013 the United States Court of Appeals upheld the New York Court of Appeal's decision allowing low level supervisors to participate in tip sharing.
The Alliance previously submitted an amicus brief in this case and was proud to report in April, that the judges ruled in favor of our position and strongly against the plaintiffs. Read our full alert here for more information ›
Scam Alert: Restaurants Beware- Review Your Invoices
Multiple NYC restaurant operators are reporting that they are receiving fake invoices from companies for products and services they never purchased.
The Alliance encourages you to carefully review each invoice your business receives to confirm that it is in fact a legitimate invoice. Please alert any of your employees who are responsible for paying invoices about this scam. Read our alert for information about who to contact regarding the scam ›
Auto Gratuities In the News- What You Need to Know
You may have read news stories recently about legislation that was proposed in the City Council, that if passed, will subject restaurants to fines if they do not disclose to customers that they add an automatic gratuity to customers' bills.
Regardless of this proposal, The Alliance takes this opportunity to remind NYC restaurant and nightlife operators that adding Automatic Gratuities is not a good idea as it requires detailed disclosures and adversely affects the tip credit.
If you have any questions about this matter we encourage you to read this important alert previously issued by The Alliance. Click here to read full article ›
Fine/ Violation Cure Period for NYC Businesses?
The NYC Hospitality Alliance is proud to report that as a direct result of our advocacy efforts we expect the City Council to pass the Cure Period Regulatory Reform legislation that we have previously reported on.
A Cure Period is defined as a window of time where a business can correct a violation before receiving a financial penalty from one of the following City agencies: DOB, DCA, DOHMH, DOT, DEP, FDNY, DSNY.
The Alliance had hoped that the total number of violations that this reform would allow Cure Periods for would have been greater, however, we are happy to report that the specific violations that will now allow for a Cure Period represent 25% of all the violations issued by the seven agencies.
We estimate that the Cure Period reform will add up to more than $33 million in savings for small business in NYC.
The NYC Hospitality Alliance will continue to advocate for additional regulatory reforms and Cure Periods under the next administration and Council. Click here to read full alert and access the Cure Period Review ›
We now offer TIPS Training!
The New York City Hospitality Alliance is pleased to announce that we now offer TIPS training to educate your staff in the responsible sale of alcohol!
Contact us to arrange a private class!
TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) training will provide your staff the skills necessary to recognize and prevent intoxication, drunk driving and underage drinking in your establishment.
Serving alcohol is risky. The more employees who are certified, the more prepared and confident your staff will be in handling the alcohol-related issues they encounter.
Reduce your exposure to alcohol liability lawsuits, penalties for alcohol violations and the risk of losing your liquor license, by getting your staff certified today! Find out more and register here! ›
NYC Checklist for Required Signs for Restaurants and Bars
Restaurant and nightlife businesses are required to post a variety of federal, state and city signs & permits conspicuously to their employees, customers and inspectors.
Keeping track of all of them can be time consuming and confusing!
Wouldn't it be great if your business had a comprehensive checklist of all required postings??? Now you do! Click here for more information & to download the checklist ›