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Question: 
I am currently a server. I recently started taking over the social media for my restaurant, and all our content is hitting it off. Should I get paid for creating posts and taking pictures, aside from my regular serving duties?
Answer: 

Congratulations on your success running the social media for your operation. Many independent operators are finding that it’s beneficial to have one or more employees...

Question: 
I know that my donated food is protected by the Good Samaritan law, so I can't get sued if it makes someone sick after I donate it. But what about takeout and leftovers from the dining room? For example, if a customer packs up half an entree, leaves it in the sun, and gets sick a few days later, am I responsible?
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In this column, we previously addressed proper procedures...

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I am up for an executive chef position at a cafe-style place. For my test, what would be a good entree to make?
Question: 
Our health inspector told me to buy a pH meter for sushi. What do I get, and where?
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Sushi is best made with rice slightly warmer than room temperature. Over a service period, that means that the rice—a potentially hazardous food—is kept in the danger...

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My employer wants me to come in on my day off to scrub the whole iron fence around the patio and the iron tables and chairs, and clean lights and ceiling fans. Is this legal?
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In this column, we have previously addressed an employer’s...

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If my boss charges me for opening a duplicate bottle of wine, does the bottle of wine now belong to me? They charge us the full price, not the cost. Then they keep the wine and sell it.
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In this column, we’ve previously discussed whether it is allowable to...

Question: 
We use a co-packer who has developed the rubs used by both Corky’s BBQ and Rendezvous in Memphis, Tenn. Can we use their name in our label, such as “used by Corky’s BBQ”?
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I think there are two ways to look at this question:

  • Can you indicate who else is using the same private-label product you are?
  • Should
  • ...
Question: 
My workplace requires us to wear black pants, non-slip shoes, black socks and an undershirt, as well as a chef coat and bistro apron with our logo on it. I have no problem paying for the pants, socks, undershirt and shoes because I can use those for street clothes as well. The chef coat and apron I don’t feel like I should pay for, because I cannot wear those outside of work. It is getting expensive because it is $10 per coat and $10 per apron. Is it legal to make us pay for the chef coat and apron?
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This is another policy where best practices in the industry may not be consistent with what is possible or legal. While state laws may vary, the...

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