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Restaurant Law Center holds first legal summit

Above: Celebrating the inaugural law center summit are, from left, RLC chair Jay Stieber, NLRB chair Phil Miscimarra, NRA director of labor and workforce policy Shannon Meade and Angelo Amador, the law center's executive director

Legal experts from around the country joined the Restaurant Law Center recently for a lively discussion on legislative and regulatory issues affecting our industry.

In brief: The Restaurant Law Center, an independent public policy organization affiliated with the National Restaurant Association, was created to provide courts with the industry’s perspective on legal issues that significantly impact restaurants. It made its official debut in 2016. The law center aims to enhance the industry’s legal advocacy initiatives, and protect and advance its businesses.

What went down: The inaugural legal summit took place last month in Chicago. Angelo Amador, the law center’s executive director, hosted the event with Jay Stieber, the law center’s chair and executive vice president and general counsel for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. Among the topics discussed:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Overtime rules
  • The NLRB’s redefinition of joint-employer
  • The status of ADA standards

Food for thought: Education sessions included Wage and Hour Developments in the Trump Administration, Year One; Litigation Trends in the Digital Age; Key Labor and Employment Law Developments; and Keeping the EEOC Out of Your Restaurants.

During his keynote speech, NLRB chair Phil Miscimarra gave attendees his first-hand perspective on changes this year to that board as well as a summary of some of its recent, most significant decisions and their effect on business.

The result: An invitation-only event, the summit brought together general counsel representing our industry’s diverse business models. Amador said the law center intends to hold the event annually.

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