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.

FEATURES


Hurdles expected to remain in place in 2015 for restaurant operators

In addition to record-high commodities prices, labor inflation, technology costs and health care/menu labeling regulations, there is also intensified competition in foodservice.

The wait is over: FDA issues final menu labeling regulations

The FDA's 395-page document includes menu labeling by the slice, not the whole pizza, a ruling applauded by the restaurant industry.

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.

'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.

Will Burger King’s competition take advantage of merger backlash?

Fans, politicians are calling for a boycott of Burger King after company establishes Canadian headquarters.

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.'

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NEWS


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.

Canadian 'Express Entry' program will remove caps on cooks, managers

Currently, cooks and foodservice managers are capped in the Canadian Federal Trades stream. Caps will be removed from all streams with Express Entry, which launches Jan. 1.

Int'l Franchise Association adds two executives

The International Franchise Association has added two government relations and public policy professionals to its team. They include: Elizabeth Hays Taylor, most recently chief counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, will join IFA Dec.

Restaurant groups deride lack of Renewable Fuel Standard decision

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it will delay the 2014 ethanol volume mandate, a move that will continue to affect commodities costs. The announcement was greeted with strong opposition from restaurant industry organizations. "We are disappointed that the...

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.

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.

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.

Senators introduce NLRB Reform Act on heels of McDonald's ruling

Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Lamar Alexander have introduced the National Labor Relations Board Act on the heels of the NLRB's decision ruling that McDonald's is culpable for wage theft accusations raised by its franchisee employees. In response,...

Franchise owners head to Capitol Hill to voice opposition of McDonald’s decision

Franchise owners across a number of industries are in Washington, DC, today to voice their opposition to the recent National Labor Relations Board ruling against McDonald's that stated the company shares joint employer status with their franchiees. Because of the...

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.

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.

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