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

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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.

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Pizza Inn Holdings Inc. hopes investors will RAVE about new name

Pizza Inn Holdings Inc., the parent company of Pie Five Pizza Co. and Pizza Inn, has announced that it is changing its name to RAVE Restaurant Group Inc., reflecting the company's transition to a multi-brand group.

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.

Competition for talent among hot trends for employers in 2015

The upswing in the economy means competition for talent will heat up in 2015. That means employers need to up their game when it comes to attracting and retaining the best team members.

Going back to the basics always works

Refer to the failures of your company's ancestors because there is a lot to learn there.

Temporary hires can have a lasting effect

Keep an eye out for a team member who takes new peers under their wing; you just might have had an excellent trainer under your nose.

8 tips for heading off holiday scheduling stress

Increased traffic coupled with more requests for time off can add up to scheduling stress. Check out these tips for reducing the stress.

Restaurant organizations apprehensive about Obama's executive action on immigration

It has been estimated that about 20 percent of chefs, head cooks and cooks in the restaurant industry are undocumented immigrants.

Minimum wage: how restaurants are responding to the 'inevitable'

Many restaurant operators believe a minimum wage increase is inevitable, and they are responding in a variety of ways.

'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.

What do restaurant operators need to know about Ebola?

Ebola has grabbed the headlines, but operators need to be prepared for more mundane risks, like influenza and norovirus.

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Red Book Connect launches ACAdvisor module for HotSchedules

The ACAdvisor helps businesses track, manage and monitor ACA employment statuses.

Push is on for paid sick leave

The president is backing The Healthy Families Act, which requires employers with 15 or more employees to offer up to a week of paid sick time.

NRAEF develops first-ever Food And Beverage Service Competency Model

The model provides a framework for understanding career opportunities within the industry, and aligns with other industry models to demonstrate common transferable skills and competencies.

House passes bill defining full-time as 40 hours per week

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 30 this week, which if it becomes law would set the definition of full-time work to 40 hours per week.

NRA study: Most employees proud to work in the restaurant industry

The study details the opinions of nearly 5,100 Americans who currently work or formerly worked in the industry, as well as those who own or operate restaurants.

Red Book Connect announces new bilingual version

Red Book Connect's Manager's Red Book, Kitchen Red Book and Room Attendant Book are now all available in Spanish and English.

Chipotle responds to NYPD 'hands up' flap

A 'spontaneous, unplanned action taken by an individual crew member' toward a group of New York police officers has caused a flap for Chipotle.

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.

NLRB issues complaints against McDonald's as joint employer

The joint-employer model is expected to have a significant impact on franchised restaurant businesses.

Minimum wage employees in 21 states to get a raise in the New Year

Twenty-one states are positioned to raise their minimum wages on Jan. 1. According to a news release from the Employment Policies Institute, other cities and states are expected to follow in 2015. The following states, their current minimum wage and Jan.

Starbucks China opens new reserve store, rolls out partner exchange program

The Chengdu Taikoo Li store features Sichuan-inspired tiles, silk artwork by local craftsmen, and a warm wood tone interior similar to the materials used in the recent refurbishment of the nearby historic Daci Temple.

Snagajob launches video job application feature

Snagajob has released its free app for iOS and Android, designed to make the job posting/hiring process easier by using a smartphone’s or tablet’s video, photo and GPS technology. Employers can currently post jobs for free via the app’s free...

Consumer demand for convenience shifting restaurant priorities

As restaurant brands increasingly jockey for more consumer visits, it's more important than ever for operators to keep a strong pulse on what their customers are looking for when they dine out. According to new research from The NPD Group,...

Int'l Restaurant and Foodservice Show of NY set for March

The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York is scheduled for March 8-10 at the Jacob K.

North Carolina Qdoba target of 'nurse-in' following incident

A group of moms staged a 'nurse-in' at a North Carolina Qdoba in support of another mom who was asked to cover up while breastfeeding her infant son, according to the Gaston Gazette.

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