What you missed – September member meeting
Many thanks to Dreamland Bar and Diner for hosting The Seattle Restaurant Alliance in-person monthly meeting yesterday.
Our first presentation was from Ryan Jones from Fisher Phillips law firm who discussed tip pooling practices and spoke to service charge disclaimers from a legal perspective.
Here are a few resources and highlights from the presentation:
Communicate with employees on where tips are going, be transparent.
- Have policies in writing
- If you think you may want to deviate from standards in any way, first talk to an attorney
- Toolkit: Tip Pooling
- Toolkit: Service charge requirements operators need to know
For our second presentation, we had a panel discussion regarding how to effectively utilize different POS and other third-party systems for cost saving and other analysis. This discussion was led by a selected group of members.
Here are a few highlights:
- Although we discussed tools such as Toast, Clover, Aloha, Restaurant 365 there is no one size fits all approach. Do your research to find what tools work best for you.
- Tip Haus is a tool for tip pooling. The SRA allied member contact is Jon Evans: firstname.lastname@example.org (cell: 360-359-0630)
- The Washington Hospitality Association offers an innovative payment solutions with exclusive negotiated members-only pricing.
The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. on Oct 12 at Elliott Bay Brewing in West Seattle (4720 California Ave SW Seattle, WA 98116).