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

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

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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.

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).

Value Menu: The top 12 benefits of digital menu boards [Infographic]

We surveyed QSR and fast casual operators to learn the top benefits of digital menu boards. We turned the results into this cool infographic.

When is food service NOT a restaurant?

If you own a place that sells prepared food for people to eat, you're in the restaurant business, right? Not necessarily. While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to finally issue its final rules on menu labeling required...

But I thought it was being done – Inspecting the expected

We may have too much faith that it cannot happen, or won’t happen or we’re simply naïve. Perhaps we don’t seek, therefore we don’t find.

Wrestling with a million dollar baby - skimming

The restaurant industry is rife with ways to lose profitability. Just when you think you have things buttoned up, a new twist comes along that can threaten your business and you may not even know about it.

Fast Casual Executive Summit: NRA calls for activism

Sue Hensley, senior VP of communications for the National Restaurant Association, speaks with FastCasual.com's Joseph Grove on how operators can help take on the big issues facing the industry.

Disproving the Top 3 employee tax credit misconceptions

Technology has transformed the process of qualifying employees for tax credits and collecting Uncle Sam’s incentives. What was a manual, red tape-ridden process ripe with high potential for errors has become a streamlined digital transaction. In my last column, I...

Drive productivity, compliance and revenue through automation

The use of too much paper cuts hiring efficiencies and weighs down your business. In fact, when reviewing the hiring practices of a publically traded restaurant chain, we found it spends $76,000 a year just to print applications. That's roughly 76 tons of paper. Automation, on the other hand, isn't the future.

Menu labeling and the impact on operators

Betsy Craig shares some points from her presentation at the 2011 Pizza Executive Summit.

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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.

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.

N.C. Dunkin’ Donuts sued for religious discrimination

A Seventh-Day Adventist in Asheville, North Carolina, has filed a lawsuit against Dunkin’ Donuts for religious discrimination, claiming his scheduled working hours violated his religious beliefs. According to USA Today, Darrell Littrell filed the suit against franchisee Citi Brands LLC...

Russian courts uphold closing of three McDonalds

Russian courts have upheld the temporary closure of McDonalds' three units in Moscow.

NY councilman proposes ban on toys in kids' meals that don't meet nutritional standards

New York Councilman Ben Kallos has introduced a bill that would set stricter nutrition standards for kids’ meals that come with toys.

International Franchise Association launches ad campaign battling portion of Seattle's new wage law

The International Franchise Association today has launched an ad campaign battling back against a portion of Seattle's new wage law, alleging proponents of the law have an agenda to undermine the franchise model.

California legislature passes bill making it harder to terminate franchising agreements

The California legislature approved a law Aug. 8 that will make it harder for franchisors to terminate franchising agreements with franchisees, according to MSNBC.com. The bill will now return to the Senate for final approval.

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.

Shanghai asking restaurants, others to post product source info

The city of Shanghai has asked several major restaurant chains to post information about product sources in the wake of a supplier scandal.

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...

McDonald’s ordered to pay $27M in teens’ death trial

On Wednesday, a Texas jury awarded a $27 million verdict against McDonald's after finding that lax security at one of the chain's restaurants contributed to the deaths of two Texas teenagers in 2012. According to a news release, Blinn College...

McDonald’s largest franchisee named a ‘best place to work’

Arcos Dorados, McDonald’s largest franchisee with more than 2,000 restaurants in Latin America and the Caribbean, has been ranked No. 4 on the “best places to work in Latin America” list, compiled by the Great Place to Work Institute.

California repeals requirement for glove use by restaurant workers

California lawmakers repealed a regulation requiring restaurant employees to use gloves or utensils to handle food going directly to diners, according to the Fresno Bee. The regulation would have gone into effect on July 1. The regulation was similar to...

District of Columbia bans polystyrene food, beverage containers

The Washington Post reports that Washington, D.C. lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban the use of plastic-foam food and drink containers by 2016.

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