Dates To Note:

Vine Solutions will be closed Monday, February 21 in observation of President's Day. We will assume normal business hours the following Tuesday. 

Follow-up Links

W-9 Forms!

Do you currently contract any individuals/small businesses to do work at your restaurant? We need to collect their      W-9 forms for Tax ID purposes! Please have all W-9 forms faxed to your respective Vine AP individual at             415-927-4289.
Restaurant Spotlight

AOC Winebar

Gone are the days of large, oversized entrees spilling over the confines of the steroid-induced dinner plates. The trend towards smaller, flavor-infused "bites" have become the way of the upscale dining direction.

Caroline Styne and Suzanne Goin, the original masterminds behind the famed Lucques, have crafted yet another innovative and exciting venue. Named AOC Winebar, after the French wine region, Appellation d'Origine Controlee, AOC offers over 50 varieties of wine,
with 23 brands priced just under $7.00 a glass. Indeed, Styne was quoted as saying...."I wanted a well-priced list." This list, though not overly complicated, is still revered as extremely impressive and focuses mainly on wines from the varied regions of France, Italy and California.


Goin, the recipient of the coveted award of Best New Chef in 1999 by Food and Wine, whips up her bite-size culinary masterpieces from locally sourced ingredients and responsibly-farmed produce. Much of her inspiration is found at the local Farmer's markets, eyeing the array of seasonal and colorful varieties. The result; an artfully crafted menu focusing on robust, meaningful flavors in small portions, not entrees. In addition, AOC offers an enticing charcuterie and cheese bar.

The artfully crafted menu, alongside their versatile and welcoming list of wines by the glass, carafe, or bottle make AOC LA's premier food and winebar.


AOC is open 7 days a week. Monday-Thursday  from 6:00-10:00pm. Friday from 6:00-11:00pm, Saturday from 5:30-11:00pm, and lastly Sunday from 5:30-10:00pm. For reservations, call (323) 653-6359.


Important Updates for 2011

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Minimum Wage

San Francisco minimum wage will increase from 9.79 per hour to 9.92 per hour, effective January 1, 2011. The ordinance requires employers to display an updated poster with the new wage information. This must be displayed in area readily accessible to employees and must be in English, Spanish, Chinese and any other language spoken by at least 5% of the workforce. The ordinance further provides that a notice containing the employer's name, address and telephone number must also be given to every employee at the time of hire. The state minimum wage stays at 8.00 per hour-no action required.


Healthy San Francisco-San Francisco's Health Security Ordinance

On January 1, 2011, employer contribution rates will increase. Employers with 100 or more employees rates will increase to $2.06 per hour and the new rate for employers with 20-99 employees will increase to $1.37 per hour.


Mileage Reimbursement

Mileage reimbursement rates increase from .50 per mile to .51 per mile beginning January 1, 2011.


Organ and Bone Marrow Donor Leave

California employers with 15 or more employees must now provide the following paid leaves to employees who choose to donate organs or bone marrow:

  • Organ donors - must be provided a 30-day (workdays) leave of absence in any one-year period 
  • Bone marrow donors - must be provided a leave of absence up to five workdays in any one-year period

The statute says that such leave does not run concurrently with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). However, state law cannot override federal law. Therefore, leave for the purpose of donating bone marrow or an organ may run concurrently with FMLA if the employer is a covered employer and the employee is eligible for FMLA.


Workers' Compensation Posting Requirements

The posting and notice requirements were amended in 2010 to require additional information about Managed Professional Networks (MPNs). Employers with MPNs that provide treatment for workers' compensation claims must display the required workers' compensation poster (Notice to Employees - Injuries Caused by Work) as well as additional information about the MPN(s) the employer uses. The workers' compensation pamphlet must also include information about MPNs.


Heat Illness Regulations Revised
A revised heat illness standard went into effect November 4, 2010. In addition to revisions related to shade and other safety precautions, the new standard includes changes to training requirements for both supervisory and nonsupervisory employees. Such training is now required to be given before employees begin work that "should reasonably be anticipated to result in exposure to the risk of heat illness."

New Year Reminders

  • Employee Handbooks should be reviewed and updated to reflect new laws, policies and procedures
  • Post your updated 2011 law posters
  • Inform your employees of the 2011 rules for 401(k) plans
  • AB 1825 (Sexual harassment prevention training) is current for all supervisors and managers.
Business License Renewals

It's that time of year again! The renewal period for most counties' Business Licenses need to be completed and submitted by February 28, 2011. Please forward all renewal forms to your GL accountant at Vine Solutions to complete.  If you have any questions concerning the renewal of your Company's Business License, please contact your GL accountant for further details.
Trans-fat Ban; Phase II

The second phase of California's ban on artificial trans-fats is to
take effect Jan. 1, 2011. California is the only state that bans restaurants and bakeries from using cooking oil that contains trans-fat. Under the first phase, which took effect Jan. 1, 2010, restaurants had to use oil, margarine and shortening with less than half a gram of trans-fat for frying. The second phase gave restaurants time to retool other items like fried yeast bread, such as doughnuts, and baked goods.

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