Category Archives: Restaurants & Bars

How To Keep Your Best Waitstaff

People don’t go out to eat just to eat. Read that sentence again. And again. Of course they come to your restaurant for great food, but they are also looking for a great dining experience. Your customers come to celebrate, connect with friends, do business, escape. Whatever the reason, their overall experience can depend on their server. Your server. (more…)

Workers Compensation: Employee or Independent Contractor?

In the world of workers compensation, the subject of employee vs. self-employed independent contractor is complex. Employers are not required to provide workers compensation coverage for independent contractors. Likewise, employers are not responsible for payroll taxes and other legal obligations that are necessary for employees. However, there are consequences for misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor, so it’s important to understand the difference. (more…)

Creosote in Your Restaurant Kitchen (It’s Not Just in Your Chimney)

Reports of fires involving wood-fired pizza and meat smoking ovens are increasing due to the growing number of restaurants that have added this cooking process. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) data, fire departments responded to an estimated average of 7,640 structure fires per year between 2006 and 2010. Three out of five of those fires involved cooking equipment. (more…)

Ladder Safety Challenge

March is National Ladder Safety Month

The American Ladder Institute (ALI) is made up of 16 ladder manufacturers responsible for developing ladder safety standards. ALI recently announced the launch of an initiative to address ladder-related incidents: the first National Ladder Safety Month. As reported in the March 2017 issue of Safety & Health magazine from the National Safety Council, the goal of this annual March campaign is to: (more…)

Insurance Coverage for Caterers and Banquet Halls

Caterers and banquet facilities understand the details involved with planning exciting events and large celebrations. Society Insurance understands the unique exposures these businesses face on premise, as well as the risk involved when business is conducted away from the main operating location.

Learn more in this video: (more…)

5 Reasons Your Business Needs Video Surveillance

Is your business as well-protected as it should be? Do you really know what goes on when you’re not there to see it firsthand? As a business owner you want to ensure that your investment is protected against loss from the public or from your own employees.

Due to their early and late hours and sometimes short staffing, gas stations, convenience and liquor stores are often subject to more crime and violence, which is a growing concern among many of Society’s policyholders. Other businesses such as restaurants, taverns, and grocery stores experience increasing numbers of slips and falls. Having an effective video surveillance system will help deter shoplifting and employee theft, and it can also prove valuable when trying to document crimes and injury claims by customers or employees. Many of the newer digital systems allow you to review your footage from a smart phone, even if you are not onsite.

So, is video surveillance really necessary at your business? YES. Here’s why: (more…)

Independent Restaurants: How to Stand Out

No one has ever said that running a restaurant is easy. It seems even more difficult if you are an independent operator. Consumer’s tastes are changing, with more dining concepts available than ever before. New technology keeps popping up, but staffing challenges never go away. And then there’s the chains, which seem to get harder to fight against. Indeed, The NPD Group’s Fall 2015 Recount showed independent unit counts declined -2%, while the chains grew +1% from the year before.

With the chains gaining ground in overall units, how can the independent compete? Fortunately, there are weapons at your disposal. Check out these five tips: (more…)

Beware of Protective Safeguards in Your Business Insurance Policy

Protective Safeguards sounds like an endorsement you would want included in an insurance policy, right? Beware! This is actually an endorsement that can exclude coverage in certain scenarios. It’s important to know if this is attached to a businessowners’ insurance policy. (more…)

Salting Winter Sidewalks

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Winter Defense

Slip and falls represent a huge liability for business owners. Outdoor surfaces, such as parking lots, sidewalks and walkways, are one of the leading areas for slip and fall accidents. These areas become increasingly more hazardous in the winter with the accumulation of snow and ice. Slip and falls are the number one source of loss for Society Insurance policyholders for both customer and employee injuries.

If you own your property you are responsible for the snow and ice removal. If you are a tenant who leases your space check your lease agreement to see who is responsible for snow and ice removal; it may be you! Whether it is in an effort to save time or money, some business owners opt out of using ice melt on slippery sidewalks and entryways. By doing nothing, business owners open themselves up to customer liability claims as well as employee injury.  Business owners should have a winter snow removal and ice treatment plan to prevent customers and employees from slipping and falling. (more…)

Emergency Planning for Restaurants & Bars

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Disaster Recovery

It’s 2:00 a.m. The alarm company just called with a power failure at your restaurant. What you do next depends on your emergency plan. Business emergencies can take many forms such as fires, tornadoes, robberies, etc. Having an emergency plan in place will allow your business to react quickly to minimize the impact of the emergency.  This in turn will save you time, money, and possibly even save lives.

Building an Emergency Plan

To build an emergency plan, you should focus on the four phases of emergency management which are mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. An Emergency Plan should have laid out instructions that can be developed and implemented for emergency situations. One of the biggest risks for businesses is the potential loss of day-to-day operations and loss of income. (more…)