The Changing Tipping Culture

Event Details

This presentation will address the changing culture of tipping at various restaurants in SF and other cities. San Francisco restaurants including Bar Agricole and Tru Normand, along with East Bay restaurants Camino, Comal, and Duende, are abolishing tips in favor of a mandatory 20 percent service charge. Aster is opting to eliminate tips and a service charge altogether, with a plan to raise meal prices. Alimento, a Silver Lake restaurant, is likely the first in the nation to institute a separate line on all checks for discretionary gratuity for the back-of-the-house (kitchen) staff.

California is the only state without a tip credit, and perhaps it is no coincidence that the timing of this change is occurring on the announcement that San Francisco plans to raise its current minimum wage of $10.74 to $15 by 2018, the second highest minimum wage increase in the nation (next to Seattle). Some restaurant owners are unhappy about the prospective change because an increase in wages will impact profitability. The Golden Gate Restaurant Association and the San Francisco Bar Owners Alliance have stated that the increased minimum wage could mean $30-40 hourly wages for front-of-house staff, while back-of-house staff won’t see much of a change in their take-home pay ($15/hour works out to $31,000 per year). One thing that remains to be seen is whether San Francisco patrons will prefer service charges or higher meal prices in lieu of tipping. Only time will tell.

Webinar Pricing:   Members - Free   |   Non-member - $99

Webinar presented by:

Rana Nader,  Senior Associate, Michelman & Robinson, LLP - A member of M&R's Commercial & Business Litigation Department, Rana Nader has litigated more than 100 cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Her practice primarily focuses on business and tort litigation. Ms. Nader has represented clients in a wide array of disputes under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, as well as a class action lawsuit arising federal securities laws, shareholder derivative actions, and contested mergers and acquisitions.

Ms. Nader has expertise in the areas of business litigation, consumer law, professional malpractice, real estate, title insurance, construction defect, and insurance defense law. Her experience includes drafting and arguing numerous motions in state and federal courts, taking and defending depositions, attending numerous mediations and settlement discussions, and preparing experts and witnesses for trial.

She is a certified mediator, having acquired her certification from the Pepperdine Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, and has experience mediating small claims court cases.