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N.C. Hospitality Law: Preface
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The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Annual Law Review provides crucial information to help your business run smoothly and saves you time and money. The Annual Law Review is the only publication of its kind geared specifically to your needs, focusing on the state and federal laws and regulations that govern the restaurant and lodging industries in North Carolina.



This publication is as complete an overview as possible of the laws affecting you as a food service and/or lodging operator. We have used layman’s terms to explain the often confusing legal or statutory language. To ensure that the information is as accurate as possible, NCRLA updates the Law Review each year to include any changes to laws and regulations.



The Law Review is organized into five sections: Employment Laws, Health Laws, ABC Laws, Innkeeper Laws, and Other Industry-Related Laws. In the back is a convenient resource list with telephone numbers and websites of the government agencies that oversee our industry.



Throughout this publication information on both state and federal laws is given. In most cases, when two laws apply the one most beneficial to the employee is the one to follow. Therefore, with the exception of certain areas (e.g., pension benefits), even if an establishment falls under federal guidelines, the state law should be followed in most cases when it benefits the employee more.



The Law Review is not intended to provide specific legal advice. Rather, it is a guide and information source for the laws that affect your business. You should rely on your own legal advisor for information on any special legal circumstance that you may face.



We encourage you to call us with your questions. The NCRLA Answer Team is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to immediately respond to any questions that you may have.



Understanding and following the law is essential to being successful in this heavily regulated industry. We hope you find our Annual Law Review an outstanding resource and valuable benefit of NCRLA membership.


Please call the NCRLA office at (800) 582-8750 with any comments or suggestions for the next edition.


Access the Law Review here.

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