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Legal Issues in the Food Service Industry

Restaurant and hospitality services are especially susceptible to legal liability. Restaurants are unique in this respect because they serve a significant number of customers and have a number of employees performing physical activities on a daily basis. This means restaurants are subject to more injuries and property damage resulting in more legal liabilities. There are four areas where restaurants can face legal obstacles:

Licensing and Permits

You will need to obtain a variety of licenses and permits to operate a restaurant:


In case of property damage, it will be important to get property coverage insurance. For potential accidents to customers, you will need to look into getting a general liability policy.


If you are running a franchise, make sure to check with the franchise contract for any restrictions.


Hiring and keeping employees will involve abiding by certain employment laws and requirements. Common issues associated with employees include:

Getting Legal Help

Food Safety defense lawyers can provide comprehensive legal service in order to keep your restaurant protected and operating. From transactional issues noted above to complex litigation matters, a Food Safety defense lawyer can guide you toward the most cost effective decision for the business.

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Last Modified: 12-13-2013 04:24 PM PST

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