Dining Services Contract - Holiday Labor Subsidy?

  • 1.  Dining Services Contract - Holiday Labor Subsidy?

    Posted 01-15-2019 22:08
    Hello! For those with contracted dining services, do you have any sort of subsidy for holiday labor in your contract? For example, paying a percentage of the vendor's labor costs on holidays or days outside of term when you require the vendor to remain open for business.

    Thank you!

    Rebekah Desai
    St. Edward's University
    Senior Director of Business Services
    Austin, TX
    United States

  • 2.  RE: Dining Services Contract - Holiday Labor Subsidy?

    Posted 01-16-2019 08:18
    I would imagine your shut down periods over Christmas, New Years, Easter, spring break, and ThanksGiving would more than compensate any overtime they may be trying to garner.

    Food service is meant to serve primarily the students. When the students are off campus, greatly reduce hours, or better yet, close your venues until the students return. This method conserves your resources to be better utilized and allows you to expand offerings to the students when they return to campus. You may experience kick-back from staff because of the closed venues, but they are a resourceful group that solves the challenge by packing a lunch for those short periods of time when the students are not in session and venues are closed.

    Linda I Moreno
    Director - Auxiliary Services
    Saint Xavier University - Chicago

  • 3.  RE: Dining Services Contract - Holiday Labor Subsidy?

    Posted 01-16-2019 09:31
    I managed a contract for years. It depends on what was in your original RFP and the specs that were provided. If you did not include the required operational hours, then you would need to negotiate. If you are running a cost plus contract, it is up to you. You are basically covering the cost anyway. Labor laws may come into play when you have staff operating on holidays. When in doubt, I would follow your University Holiday Pay policy.

    Daniel Armitage
    Associate Vice President Student Affairs
    University of North Texas
    Denton Texas