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10 legal issues for restaurant operators to watch

Article originally published by Nation’s Restaurant News

With the election of Donald Trump as president, labor-related stress that restaurant operators have experienced in recent months may soon relax. However, new federal, state and municipal regulations will impact operators in 2017. Regardless of federal policy, restaurants will face uncertainty when it comes to [...]

FDA delays menu-labeling requirements

Written by Jonathan Maze of Nation’s Restaurant News

Restaurants scrambling to comply with upcoming federal menu labeling requirements now have a little more breathing room, after the Obama Administration delayed the compliance date by a year on Thursday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, citing the need for the agency to provide more [...]

How overtime pay proposal could impact restaurants

Written by Jonathan Maze of Nation’s Restaurant News

Tens of thousands of additional restaurant workers and managers could become eligible for overtime pay under a new rule President Barack Obama proposed Monday that would double the threshold for overtime eligibility.

The rules could significantly impact the restaurant industry and operators’ labor costs. [...]

Guidance for Industry: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments; Small Entity Compliance Guide

This guidance represents the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) current thinking on this topic. See the original post here. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and does not operate to bind FDA or the public. You can use an alternative approach if the approach satisfies the [...]

California lawmakers introduce ‘fair scheduling’ bill

Large food, retail employers would be required to schedule shifts two weeks in advance according to this article from Nation’s Restaurant News by Lisa Jennings. State lawmakers in California introduced a bill Tuesday that would require large food and retail employers to schedule workers at least two weeks in advance, or face penalties [...]

Reading labeling: FDA regulations

By Sara Rush, Senior Associate Editor, Restaurant Business Online

They’ve been kicked around since the idea was first given life in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act. Now, at last, the Food and Drug Administration has released final menu-labeling rules for chains, and operators have a year to fall in line. [...]

Restaurant groups seek to change definition of ‘full time’

A coalition of restaurant, retail and franchise groups has expressed confidence that they could push changes in the Affordable Care Act’s definition of full-time workers in the new Republican-led House and Senate.

Industry groups seek to revise the ACA’s definition of a full-time workweek from the current 30 hours to “the more historic [...]

Casual Dining Restaurants Suffer 5.4% Decline

Casual dining restaurant sales fell 5.4 percent last month after declining 0.6 percent in January and 1.6 percent in December, according to the Knapp-Track Index of monthly restaurant sales. [...]

Minimum Wage Hike Could Impact Food Industry

Managing a restaurant comes with many challenges. In addition to managing daily operations, food service professionals are faced with difficulties surrounding new legislation regarding health care, nutrition labeling and now a potential increase in minimum wage rates.

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif) along with a restaurant owner and two [...]

Menu Nutritional Labeling Rule Date Set

The time for implementation is growing closer for the “Food Labeling: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments,” as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law on March 23, 2010. The FDA’s rule requires nutrition labeling of standard menu items [...]

Out of Pocket: The Price of Interchange Fees

During tough economic times it is imperative that restaurants remain vigilant regarding where their money is going. Everyday operational tasks like debit-card swipe fees, (also known as interchange fees) can severely cut into an establishment’s bottom line. However, a piece of legislation introduced last year called the “Durbin Amendment” seeks to lower the [...]

Preparing for Change

By: Nicole Reed, Communications Manager, MenuMax

Are you ready for the new menu labeling law requirements? Almost one year ago on March 23, 2010 President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 into law. Upon enactment, this federal law sets the requirements for nutritional labeling of food items [...]

Tax Law Watch: More Paperwork Forecast for Restaurants

A Detroit Free Press article on what Businesses can expect to tell IRS about suppliers informs us of a new Internal Revenue Service reporting requirement that could add a considerable paper trail between small business owners and their suppliers.

As the law stands now, businesses must issue 1099 forms to contractors providing at [...]

How do Restaurants Comply with Menu-Labeling Laws?

U.S. Menu-labeling laws as of Feb. 2010

As this map from Feb. 2010 shows, several U.S. cities, counties and states have already passed menu-labeling laws, and Section 2572 of the U.S. health care reform package creates such guidelines for the entire country. Proponents of the legislation say that people might not order [...]

N.J. Senate passes menu-labeling law

On Jan. 13, New Jersey inched closer to joining the handful of states who require at least some restaurants to label their menus with calorie counts and other nutritional information. Gov. Jon Corzine has said he will sign the bill into law.

The New Jersey Restaurant Association takes credit for expanding the limitations [...]