The Payne & Fears Restaurants and Hospitality team serves a diverse group of clients from local taco eateries to international resorts. We understand our clients’ unique needs to provide them with timely and practical advice about current legal developments, outstanding service, and cost-effective legal services. We provide a broad range of employment, traditional labor, and business services to restaurant owners and managers, management companies, franchisees, and hoteliers.

Our Restaurants & Hospitality Team routinely counsels clients on the following legal issues:

  • Defense of single plaintiff, class actions and PAGA suits for wage and hour, meal and rest break, off-the-clock work and related claims
  • Federal and state law exemption analysis for supervisors, chefs and other frequently challenged positions
  • Pay equity advice and audits
  • Local hotel minimum wage ordinances
  • Rest and meal period issues unique to housekeeping and food/beverage employees
  • Tipping, tip-sharing and service charge issues
  • Pay-per-room compensation for housekeeping employees
  • Health, safety and security issues unique to hotels and restaurants
  • Union organizing campaigns and collective bargaining; unit classification of employees

Representative Restaurants & Hospitality Clients: 

  • American Golf Corporation
  • Balboa Bay Club
  • Lazy Dog Restaurants
  • Monarch Beach Resort
  • Original Pancake House
  • Paul Martin’s American Grill