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Member-only health care reform conference calls resume next Friday, March 8

Returning by popular demand, the weekly health care reform conference calls will Donna Steward will resume next Friday, March 8! The Washington Restaurant has retained the services of the health

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State food code undergoes revision

The Washington State Department of Health, under the direction of the State Board of Health, has updated the state food safety rules. The updated rules are based on the 2009 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Code and will take effect May 1, 2013.

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WRA’s Healthcare Reform Resource Guide is now online!

Where to Find Rules and Implementation Guidelines Pertaining to the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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Court notices sent in NRA-opposed swipe-fee settlement

This month the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York began notifying millions of restaurateurs and other merchants about a proposed settlement in the long-running case the National Restaurant Association and other merchant groups filed against Visa, MasterCard and some large banks over card acceptance fees and rules.

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House and Senate take action on WRA’s priority legislation

  This week, the House and Senate advanced versions of the WRA’s priority legislation to correct Liquor Control Board rulemaking that restricted restaurants’ ability to purchase spirits from retailers. In

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FAQ: Changes to Health Plans Under the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes numerous new requirements for what must be included in health care plans sold in the United States. It also includes prohibitions on insurer actions that restrict access to health coverage based on health status.

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Operators to increase customer-facing technology

Operators of quickservice and fast-casual restaurants say they plan to increase utilization of technology at their businesses to make the customer experience even faster and more efficient, research by the National Restaurant Association has found.

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Proposed polystyrene ban a concern to industry

The National Restaurant Association responded to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s call for a ban on “Styrofoam,” saying it wants to work with the city, but has concerns on how the city would achieve the goal.

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Hot Off the Grill: First major Legislative deadline looming

Next week represents the first major cutoff for bills to be considered in the Legislature this year. By Friday February 22, any bills that will be considered further in the legislative process must have passed out of their original committee.

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Restaurants not required to serve allergen-free foods, Justice Department says

Following some confusion over the Justice Department’s stance on how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to food-allergic customers, the Department of Justice published a Q&A reaffirming that the ADA does not require all restaurants to provide gluten-free or allergen-free foods.

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Restaurant industry responds to Bloomberg’s proposed packaging ban

It is important to note that in some cases, a suitable supply of alternatives to polystyrene foam packaging does not exist, or is prohibitively expensive to obtain. This could create a great burden for restaurants, more than 90 percent of which are small businesses, if those concerns are not addressed as the city moves forward.

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FAQ: The Individual Mandate and Penalty Under the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Beginning January, 2014, the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all US citizens to demonstrate that they have health care coverage or be subject to an annual IRS penalty.

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One-quarter of Americans dine out for Valentine’s Day

Restaurant industry experts expect about one-quarter of Americans to dine out this Valentine’s Day, making it the second most popular holiday for dining out after Mother’s Day.

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Education key to adopting sustainable practices

Education will be a key factor in forwarding the message of sustainability to restaurateurs, other business operators and lawmakers, Scott DeFife, the National Restaurant Association’s executive vice president of policy and government affairs said at the U.S. Composting Council’s annual conference in Orlando, Fla.

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Senate Majority Coalition withstands first test with votes on workers’ compensation reform

On Monday, the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, comprised of 23 Senate Republicans and two Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Rodney Tom (D– Medina), withstood their first challenge and were able