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

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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.'

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.

Factors driving interchange rates down

Competition is offering merchants new ways to accept payments and this will lower fees over time.

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

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

How a government shutdown could affect the restaurant industry

A shutdown means the FDA will limit its activity to high-risk recalls; most routine food safety inspections will be suspended.

Restaurant industry applauds delay of Obamacare employer mandate

Businesses with 50-plus employees now have an extra year to comply with coverage.

Restaurant groups applaud Senate immigration bill, call for stronger verification

Congress is expected to take up immigration reform in July.

How the health care law will affect your restaurant

Scott DeFife, the executive vice president of Policy and Government Affairs with the National Restaurant Association, said there were 400 to 500 restaurant operators who stopped by the new Solutions Center Booth during the recent NRA Show to inquire about...

Tourists are coming: Is your restaurant ready to accommodate?

Since most foreign tourists won't have access to a PC during their trip, it's critical to offer mobile-based feedback mechanisms featuring short, multi-language surveys.

Has the food truck bubble burst?

Operators need to be prepared for unique challenges such as staffing, weather, equipment — repair and maintenance — regulatory permitting fees, insurance and gasoline costs.

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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.

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...

Sonic finds itself in the gun debate crosshairs

Sonic Drive-In is the latest restaurant brand to receive a petition from the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America group, following similar campaigns at Chipotle, Starbucks and Jack in the Box. The organization’s petition was written after a...

Jack in the Box embroiled in open-carry debate

Last week, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launched a national petition calling on Jack in the Box CEO Leonard Comma to enforce the company’s existing no-firearms-in-stores policy after a rifle-carrying demonstration took place at a Fort Worth,...

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...

Congress votes to bring 'full-time' definition back to 40 hours

The U.S. House of Representatives voted today in favor of H.R.

Bill introduced to make restaurants' 15-year tax depreciation schedule permanent

U.S. Representatives Mike Kelly, R-Pa., Richard Neal, D-Mass., Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., and Ron Kind, D-Wis., this week introduced H.R.

CFOs, chain restaurants council caution against minimum wage hike

The divide over the minimum wage seems to be growing deeper, with employees staging strikes across the country in favor of an increase, and U.S. CFOs cautioning against such a move. In a new Global Business Outlook survey released by...

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