YOU KNOW THE LEGAL PART IS IMPORTANT, BUT...

You're juggling a million balls, and employment lawyers cost thousands, and you wouldn't even know where to begin anyway. I have you covered.

The gold standard legal kit for restaurant owners and operators

The tools you need to comply with employment laws, prevent employee lawsuits and run your restaurant like a pro.

  • Ready-made legal forms + templates to use in your restaurant

  • Step-by-step checklists so you can follow the law every time

  • Plain-English breakdown of risks you need to know

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Employee lawsuits are a colossal waste of time and money

This is what you need to prevent them.

I’ve yet to meet a restaurant owner who was intentionally thumbing their nose at the law. Restaurant owners don’t break the law on purpose. They break it because it’s extensive and complicated and sometimes flat-out contradictory (I’m looking at you, marijuana laws). So they google a thing or two, make the best call they can, and pray that it won’t be the reason that everything comes crashing down.

But there is such a better way.  

This kit is the answer to your “what the heck am I supposed to do here” prayers. 


  • Doing a background check? Snag the consent form to comply with the FCRA. 


  • Using a tip pool? Download the template for the proper notice under the FLSA.


  • Your employee request a disability accommodation? (Would you even recognize it if they did)? Follow the step-by-step checklist to handle it like an ADA pro.


This kit gives you CONFIDENCE (and yes, explanations of those sweet little acronyms). Confidence that you know what you're supposed to know, confidence that your forms say what they're supposed to say, and confidence that you can breathe easy on the employment law front and focus more of your time, money and sanity on running that killer restaurant.

LEGAL FORMS, TEMPLATES + WALK-THROUGHS

from hire through fire.

  • 1
    The Basics
    • An Intro Note from Lexi - You just made your smartest move yet.
    • CHART: A slick as a whistle statute chart to help you pinpoint in 20 seconds or less what laws you need to care about and which ones don't apply to you.
    • VIDEO: Lexi explains exactly what can happen when you don't prevent employee lawsuits. Hint: It has to do with bankruptcy, million dollar judgments, and a lot of other problems you probably can't afford.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: Are they my employee or an independent contractor? The one word that determines the difference. Plus, how to know which laws actually apply to your restaurant.
  • 2
    Discrimination
    • TEMPLATE: Discrimination Policy + Complaint Procedures for Employee Handbook
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through discrimination, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: The Golden Rule to avoid discrimination, even if you can't remember a single, solitary protected class. Also, the danger lurking in your seemingly neutral policies.
  • 3
    Job Descriptions
    • TEMPLATE: Assistant Manager
    • TEMPLATE: Prep Cook
    • TEMPLATE: Host
    • TEMPLATE: Server
    • TEMPLATE: Dishwasher
    • TEMPLATE: Bartender
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through job descriptions, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: The right way to lay out job descriptions, the legal implications and the one section you absolutely must have to combat THIS type of discrimination suit.
  • 4
    Job Applications
    • TEMPLATE: Job Application
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through job applications, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: The 4 armored statements you must include in your application and the 2 things to almost never ask.
  • 5
    Interviews
    • SCRIPTS: Exactly What Not to Say + Exactly What to Say Instead
    • GUIDE: Step-by-Step Guide to Conduct a Legally-Solid Structured Interview
    • CHECKLIST: Final Interview Prep Checklist to Confirm You're Ready to Rock 'n Roll
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through interviews, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: The most sensitive (but necessary) topic to discuss in interviews. Plus, stereotypes, entrapment and a $12 million mistake.
  • 6
    Background Checks
    • TEMPLATE: Consumer Disclosure for Background Check
    • TEMPLATE: Consumer Authorization for Background Check
    • TEMPLATE: Reference Check Authorization + Release Form
    • TEMPLATE: Drug + Alcohol Policy for Employee Handbook
    • TEMPLATE: Drug + Alcohol Testing Consent Form
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through background checks, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: What you NEED TO KNOW if you're sleuthing through their social media. Plus, criminal history, drugs and what's flat out illegal if you ask at the wrong time.
  • 7
    Non-Exempt Employees
    • TEMPLATE: Overtime Policy + Procedures for Employee Handbook
    • TEMPLATE: Payroll Deduction Authorization Form
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through non-exempt employees, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: The simple mistake employers walk into again and again. Hint: You're the master in all areas, except for THIS.
  • 8
    Exempt Employees
    • QUESTIONNAIRE: The easy peasy questionnaire to nail down exemptions once-and-for-all.
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through exempt employees, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: If the word "exemption" makes you want to hide under the table. Plus, the 3 misclassification mistakes that can cost you, BIG.
  • 9
    Tips + Tip Pooling
    • TEMPLATE: Tip Credit Notice with Pooling Agreement
    • TEMPLATE: Tip Credit Notice without Pooling Agreement
    • TEMPLATE: Minimum Wage Pooling Agreement
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through tips + tip pooling, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: New law alert, baby! Exactly who can share tips and when. Plus, dual jobs vs. side jobs and the increased penalty for sharing a single red cent with THESE folks.
  • 10
    Written Pay Practices
    • TEMPLATE: Pay Practices Policy for Employee Handbook
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: The single greatest reason your employees will want to sue you. Learn from the mistake this celeb made in her (now closed) restaurant.
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through written pay practices, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
  • 11
    Breaks
    • TEMPLATE: Break Policy for Employee Handbook
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through breaks, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: Rest, lunch and the risk in making guarantees.
  • 12
    Harassment
    • TEMPLATE: Harassment Policy + Complaint Procedures for Employee Handbook
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through harassment, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: What's actually illegal harassment vs. what's just not politically correct.
  • 13
    Sexual Harassment Part 1
    • TEMPLATE: Sexual Harassment Policy + Complaint Procedures for Employee Handbook
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through sexual harassment, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: The full extent of what's illegal. Hint: There are 2 types of sexual harassment and 5 meanings for the word "sex."
  • 14
    Sexual Harassment Part 2
    • CHECKLIST: Step-by-Step Checklist to Handle a Sexual Harassment Complaint
    • TEMPLATE: Sexual Harassment Incident Report/ Complaint Form
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through handling a sexual harassment complaint, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: Handling a complaint: The single most important factor in whether or not an incident becomes a lawsuit.
  • 15
    Retaliation
    • TEMPLATE: Retaliation Policy + Complaint Procedures for Employee Handbook
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through retaliation, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: Punishment, protected activity and protecting yourself against pretext claims.
  • 16
    Religious Accommodations
    • TEMPLATE: Accommodation Policy + Request Procedures for Employee Handbook
    • TEMPLATE: Religious Accommodation Request Form
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through religious accommodations, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: Their right to religion vs. your right to run your business. Also, the uniform battle on image + safety.
  • 17
    Disability Accommodations
    • CHECKLIST: Step-by-Step Checklist to Handle Religious + Disability Accommodation Request
    • TEMPLATE: Disability Accommodation Request Form
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through disability accommodations, what to look out for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: Who is entitled to a disability accommodation and how to determine what's reasonable.
  • 18
    Discipline
    • TEMPLATE: Written Warning Letter
    • TEMPLATE: Termination Letter
    • VIDEO: Lexi walks you through discipline, what to look for and how to get around it like a pro.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: The ONLY right way to discipline. Plus, bulletproofing your restaurant against a wrongful termination claim.
  • 19
    Extras You Need to Know
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: Youth Employment + Child Labor Restrictions - Breakdown by age of who can do what and for how long.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: Recordkeeping + Personnel Files - Exactly which documents you need to keep in exactly which personnel files. Hint: Every employee needs at least 3.
    • LEGAL BREAKDOWN: Plain-English Breakdown of Employment Laws - This is what it prohibits. This is what it requires. Period.
  • 20
    Bonus Templates
    • TEMPLATE: Offer Letter (Terms + Conditions for Lower Level Employees)
    • TEMPLATE: Rejection Letter
    • TEMPLATE: Employment Agreement (Terms + Conditions for Executive Level Employees)

Real Lawyer Material

For the cost of just one lawyer hour.

  • Thirty-Two (32) Lawyer-Drafted, Clean, Downloadable Word Templates

    $15,000 value*

    9 Employee Handbook Policies, 6 Job Descriptions, 4 Letters, 3 Wage Agreements, 3 Authorization Forms, 2 Request Forms, 1 Consent Form, 1 Disclosure, 1 Incident Report, 1 Job Application + 1 Employment Agreement.

  • Seven (7) Checklists + Quick Reference Cheat Sheets

    $4,000 value*

    Step-by-step directions to handle dicey issues like a pro. Plus, zero-fluff specifics so you can nail down what you need in a flash.

  • Eighteen (18) Video Walk-Throughs With Lexi

    Come on, how can you put a value on this?

    Saddle up, partner. I have a lot to teach you.

* Value is based on a hypothetical attorney billing rate of $500 per hour x 30 hours to complete the templates and 8 hours to complete the checklists and cheat sheets. Attorney rates and hours may vary. 

FAQ

  • Does this apply to restaurants in every state?

    All of the forms and walk-throughs are based on United States federal law, which applies to every single restaurant in the country. Generally, where state law differs, I say so, but I don't cover the specific law on every issue in all 50 states. (That would defeat the purpose of offering an affordable, proactive solution, ammiright?). Where state law differs, take these templates to your local attorney and have them tweak them to state specific standards.

  • I already have HR at my restaurant. So, am I good?

    HR professionals are excellent to have on staff for day-to-day employee administration. But here's the difference: I'm an attorney that's been in the legal trenches with employers after it's all fallen apart. So, I know first-hand what particular issues can become colossal problems if handled wrong, and I've designed this material specifically to help employers get them right.

  • You say this will help me prevent employee lawsuits. Is that a guarantee?

    I can't stand in front of the courthouse and tackle an employee who tries to file a suit against you. So no, I cannot guarantee that you won't get sued. But I can tell you this: lawsuits typically don't exist without either a mistake or a misunderstanding. And this material gives you the knowledge, the policies and the templates to help you prevent that from happening.

  • Is this legal advice?

    No, this is not legal advice. This is an educational resource designed to make you aware of your legal obligations as an employer and to provide tools to meet those obligations. It is not a substitute for hiring your own attorney in your own jurisdiction.

  • Does buying this make you my attorney?

    No. That takes way more paperwork and something resembling a blood oath to keep your darkest secrets.

  • Do you offer a refund?

    Due to the digital nature of the product, there is nothing that can be returned and so I’m unable to offer refunds. However, I’m glad to answer any questions you might have to help you make this product work for you! (But, no legal advice, of course).

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