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.

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'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.

Allergen awareness: Why American brands should be watching the EU

The focus on establishments that serve food items will become more prevalent as the number of people born with allergens continues to increase.

Capitalizing on new school nutrition policies

New nutritional policies offer a great opportunity for restaurants to partner with schools to deliver healthy menu options for students.

McDonald's ruling holds franchisors accountable for franchise employee allegations

The National Restaurant Association claims the decision will impede job creation and create 'big business.'

Menu labeling final regulations on hold: What's the beef?

The legislation has been at a standstill since last year, while the FDA reviews comments and determines the best way forward.

Obamacare delays lessen impact on restaurant operators

The NRA's EVP of Policy and Government Affairs provides an update, including an impending ruling on the FTE definition.

Menu labeling: Here we go again!

While we wait for regulations to be solidified, restaurant operators should use the time to be better prepared.

FCES '13: Carville, Matalin weigh in on D.C.'s gridlock

The couple sparred on immigration reform and the regulatory environment, among other topics.

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Credit card companies agree to reduce fees 10% in Canada

Card companies will reduce credit card interchange fees over five years by about 10 percent.

Restaurant Canada feathers ruffled by government's lack of transparency on chicken pricing

Restaurants Canada is calling on a government commission to be more transparent as it investigates the cost of production formula used in setting the price of Ontario chicken.

Franchise Assoc. hosting call on NLRB Joint Employer Ruling

The International Franchise Association will host a conference call Thursday to discuss the impact of the National Labor Relations Board General Counsel's recommendation that McDonald's Corp. and its franchisees be considered "joint employers." IFA President and CEO Steve Caldeira said...

Restaurant Association’s EVP named a 'Top Lobbyist'

Scott DeFife, EVP of Policy and Government Affairs for the National Restaurant Association, has once again been named a 2014 top lobbyist by "The Hill" newspaper. This is the sixth time DeFife has been selected by the publication for inclusion...

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.

Panera asks customers to leave firearms outside

Panera is asking customers not to bring firearms into any of its stores.

National Restaurant Association announces employee education alliance

The National Restaurant Association has announced a new alliance with Job Creators Network (JCN) effort to provide entrepreneurs and business leaders with tools to educate employees about public policy issues.

National Restaurant Association joins fight against Seattle wage increase

The National Restaurant Association announced in a press release that it is joining the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Asian American Hotel Owners Association, in an effort to stop the city of Seattle from raising the minimum wage.

Franchising association seeks to halt Seattle’s minimum wage increase

The International Franchise Association has asked the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to issue a preliminary injunction preventing the City of Seattle from raising its minimum wage. The IFA says the city's recently enacted law to...

San Diego City Council passes minimum wage hike

On Monday, the San Diego City Council approved an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour by January 2017, according to a report from Reuters. It's not a done deal. Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who has threatened to veto the bill, has 10 business days to act.

Health insurance exchange launches for DC-area restaurants

Industree Exchange, a Washington, DC-based company, has launched to provide health insurance coverage specifically to local restaurants and bars. The Washington Post reports that the company’s objective is to provide affordable options for restaurants as they comply with the Affordable Care Act.

Fizzled out: NYC's soda ban overruled by final appeals court

The proposed ban on large soda drinks in New York City, first introduced in 2012, has officially been overruled. New York State’s Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the ban Thursday, saying the city's health department "exceeded its scope of...

FDA to pressure restaurants to reduce sodium levels

The Food and Drug Administration last week announced it was preparing voluntary guidelines for the food industry to lower sodium levels. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told the Associated Press that sodium is “of huge concern” and that the current level...

Senate Republicans block minimum wage bill

The Obama Administration's objective to raise the minimum wage to $10.10, from its current $7.25, hit a major road bump Wednesday as Senate Republicans voted to block the bill. The measure needed 60 votes to pass, but received a vote...

Restaurant Assoc. conference to feature House Majority Leader Cantor

Eric Cantor, the U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader, and Senator Joe Donnelly, will be the featured speakers during the National Restaurant Association's 28th annual Public Affairs Conference, April 29-30 in Washington, D.C. According to a news release, the conference...

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