Judge sides with Moe's Southwest Grill co-founder over franchisees

Moe’s franchisees alleged that Martin Sprock stole money through a deceptive kickback scheme connected to its supply chain. A federal judge has rejected their claims, saying evidence demonstrates that Sprock's negotiations actually saved franchisees money.

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State of the Union puts minimum wage, 30-hour work week, joint employer issues in the spotlight

It's been a busy week in Washington. From the State of the Union address to the Supreme Court to more on the minimum wage, here's a round-up of hot public policy topics for restaurants.

Why operators need to know about patent trolls

Patent trolls could cost restaurants money and slow innovation. Here's what operators need to know about patent trolls.

Strong growth ahead in 2015, predicts the IFA, but threats are looming

While the economic forecast is strong, headwinds caused by the NRLB's joint employer ruling, minimum wage hikes and ACA implementation could curtail QSR franchise growth in 2015.

'Hidden compliance cost:' Restaurants with 50+ full-time employees must start ACA reporting in 2015

Though not mandated to offer health care coverage to employees until 2016, restaurants with 50 or more full-time employees are still required to track data monthly throughout 2015.

Who's the boss? Tips for avoiding joint employer liability

Franchisors must clearly define their roles to exclude control over the terms and/or conditions of franchisee's employees.

5 steps for keeping your restaurant from getting ICE'd

The US government has stepped up its immigration enforcement efforts in recent years, and all employers -- not just large ones, or ones that employ non-citizens -- are at risk of failing an audit.

Health Care Law upheld, restaurant industry responds

The United States Supreme Court upheld a majority of the provisions within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), introduced and signed by President Barack Obama in 2010.

Feds charge a suspected major cyber thief

Everyone in retail can breathe a little easier today knowing that federal authorities have charged David Benjamin Schrooten, or as he is known in cyber space “Foretezza,” with multiple counts of credit card theft.  Allegedly, Schrooten, who is a Dutch national, and his U.S. accomplice, Christopher A.

Start spreading the beverage news

The move by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to impose limitations on the size of sugar –based beverages permitted for sale in New York City (a 16-ounce limit) is outrageous. It is an intrusion into the lives of the people...

The most important issue facing restaurant owners today: tip reporting

I’ve worked many years for tips. I began my restaurant career when I was 14 (don’t tell the Labor department).

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NLRB issues complaint against Au Bon Pain for unfair labor practices

The National Labor Relations Board is alleging Au Bon Pain is discouraging its workers at Philadelphia International Airport from engaging in union activities, according to Law360. The NLRB, in response to cases opened by Unite Here Local 274, has filed a complaint against Au Bon Pain.

After July 1, NYC will say goodbye to polystyrene foam single-use packaging

Polystyrene foam is not recyclable, and can interfere with recycling and waste reduction efforts by contaminating other recyclables.

Jimmy John's noncompete agreements to be investigated by NY AG

New York's Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman reportedly plans to investigate the legality of Jimmy John's noncompete agreements.

NRA webinar on menu labeling regulations available for playback

The regulations affect entities with at least 20 locations nationwide operating under the same name. Attorneys discussed the law’s complexities and answered operator questions during the webinar.

Dickey's, franchisee reach settlement in Utah lye burn case

While terms of the settlement are confidential, a joint statement issued by the three parties indicated that the claims were resolved amicably and measures have been put in place to prevent similar incidents.

Akerman law firm forms National Restaurant Industry Group

The new group includes nearly 30 lawyers and regulatory professionals with broad experience representing restaurant industry clients in major U.S. and international markets.

San Francisco restaurant workers get $4M in back pay

Workers at Yank Sing restaurant were granted back pay for minimum wage, meal, rest period and other labor code violations.

Jimmy John's customers file class action suit over data breach

Plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages and free credit fraud monitoring for three years.

North American Securities Administrators Association issues new guidance for franchise disclosure documents

The guidelines clarify the distinctions between single-unit, area rep and area development offerings and urge uniform terminology in franchise disclosure agreements.

Webinar to address pitfalls and perils of I-9 compliance

Webinar will help restaurant operators understand the importance of I-9 paperwork.

Jimmy John's settles lawsuit over delivery accident

A motorcyclist injured in a crash with a Jimmy John's driver claimed the company's 'freaky fast' delivery policy put drivers under pressure that caused them to disregard safety.

Jimmy John's confirms data breach

Intruders gained access to data via stolen POS login credentials.

Restaurant organizations urging return to 40-hour full-time definition

Returning to a traditional 40-hour definition would benefit employees through more hours and income, say trade organizations.

Former CEO sues Smashburger over severance payout

David Prokupek alleges Smashburger fudged on performance so it could lower its severance obligation.

Jimmy John's settles lawsuit over left out sprouts

Customers slighted by sprout omission offered voucher.

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