Charging For ACA Costs Is Legal Gamble For Restaurants

Law360, New York (March 7, 2014, 7:44 PM EST) -- Restaurants that tack on a charge to customer bills to cover Affordable Care Act costs may attract the media spotlight, but attorneys say businesses that participate in the growing trend are also inviting scrutiny from state consumer protection authorities already primed to crack down on bill-padding surcharges.

Several restaurants in Florida, California and Colorado have caused a buzz in the last week or so over their decision to pass on new health care costs to customers through a specific surcharge. But the practice is an easy...
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