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How should a restaurant disclose that it is charging extra for providing employee health insurance? Or should it all?

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How should a restaurant disclose that it is charging extra for providing employee health insurance? Or should it all?

ipsedixit | May 11, 2010 03:55 PM

I was recently at a restaurant in San Francisco where the menu stated something to the effect of the following:

"A 4% charge provides sick leave and health insurance for all employees"

Now, I have no problem with a restaurant charging more in order to provide decent wages and health benefits for its employees. In fact, on balance, I'm probably in favor of it. But that's not the point of this post.

What I am curious about is whether it is necessary to disclose it in such an obvious fashion.

Is it really necessary that a restaurant says it will add X to your bill so that its employees can get medical coverage?

Couldn't the restaurant do the same just be adding a %increase across the board for all its menu items, and the diner wouldn't be the wiser?

Do you care that a restaurant specifically tells you how much higher its prices are (or how much higher your tab will be) in order to provide certain benefits to its employees?

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