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Healthcare 101: Key Buzzwords Defined

The health care reform measure that was signed into law in 2010 contributed dozens of new buzz-phrases to the vernacular of health care, including employer mandate, individual mandate, Cadillac plans, and full-time equivalents (FTEs).

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Defeat wage inflation in four easy steps

We’re beginning to prepare for the upcoming year. In our plan, we need to specifically address the increase in wages and impact of minimum wage. What are some ideas to address wage inflation?

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ACA: Nothing changes in 2017

The ACA Employer Mandate / Employer Penalty, originally set to begin in 2014, was delayed until 2015 / 2016. ObamaCare’s “employer mandate” is a requirement that all businesses with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees (FTE) provide health insurance to at least 95% of their full-time employees and dependents up to age 26, or pay a fee. ($2,000 per employee)

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Be proactive with restaurant pest management

Maintaining a clean, pest-free environment is an ongoing task for restaurant owners and operators. Chris Del Rossi, founder of Food and Drug and the Bug integrated pest management company and a speaker at the National Restaurant Association’s 2015 Quality Assurance Executive Study Group meeting, says, “Pests act as paintbrushes.

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Restaurants get big health care win

Restaurants and other small businesses scored a major victory Thursday when the Senate followed the House’s lead and passed the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act.

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Resources to initiate successful employment

For years, the Department of Social and Health Services has invested millions of dollars to provide public assistance for those in need. It has been challenging to get to the next step – to get individuals on public assistance jobs leading to a long term career that’s sustainable.

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Develop and retain your staff

This year has been difficult to find people and keep them. The labor market seems tight and when I try to hire a person, from a dishwasher to a manager the money they’re asking for is higher than what I’m paying my long-term employees.

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Prepping produce? Try our 5 safety tips

As National Food Safety Month continues, we’re focusing on safe food preparation, with particular emphasis on fresh fruit and vegetables.

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8 tips to properly thaw and hold food

In recognition of National Food Safety Month, we’re offering tips to maintain food quality and limit the potential for pathogen growth.

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Health care built for restaurants

When open enrollment season for health care programs looms over employers, many look for new ways to save money while providing the best insurance products for their business and employees.

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Use the five R’s to increase menu profitability

This time of year we evaluate our menu for changes. In the past, we’ve done this on emotion rather than data. Where should we start our analysis?

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Improve performance with results focused training

As we begin hiring for our busier season, we are re-examining our training practices. In the past, it seems like we were constantly chasing our tails as business rapidly improves. I’d like this year to be better than years past. What needs to change to improve performance?

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Overtime pay proposal could have big impact on restaurants

Policies have consequences. In the case of President Barack Obama’s June 29 proposal for new overtime rules, the impact on restaurants could be enormous.

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Allergy-friendly practices to protect guests and increase your business

Accommodating customers with food allergies is no small task. More than 250 food allergens have been identified, and 15 million Americans diagnosed with food allergies look to dine where they feel safe.

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Restaurant industry continues to push for ACA changes

Friday’s Supreme Court decision upholding a major element of the Affordable Care Act ensures that the ACA remains the law of the land — but it doesn’t take away from the need for Congress to make reasonable, common-sense changes to the law, the National Restaurant Association said.