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Years ago as a restaurant owner, I experienced the challenges of working with teens under the age of 18. I once had a banquet on a Thursday night, and a 17-year-old prep cook happened to be on the clock past midnight. Another employee tuned me into L&I for the infraction.

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Restaurant industry groups react to Supreme Court ruling

Following the much anticipated Supreme Court ruling today on the constitutionality of the federal health care law, the National Restaurant Association expressed disappointment in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the majority of provisions within the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), including all of the employer requirements which threaten the economic health of the restaurant industry.

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National Restaurant Association expresses concern about Supreme Court’s ruling on health care law

The National Restaurant Association today expressed strong concern about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the majority of provisions within the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),

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I-1183 changed the way you buy liquor, LiquorExchange.org makes it easier

The passage of I-1183 in Washington empowers restaurants, hotels and other establishments to purchase directly from manufacturers, a larger group of distributors and an array of local craft distilleries. It’s a time of transition, excitement and even uncertainty for many liquor licensees; but LiquorExchange.org, a new search tool powered by the Washington Restaurant Association, aims to simplify the adjustment phase.

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Why fast casual works

As fast casual restaurants continue to outperform other industry segments in sales and unit growth, the National Restaurant Association’s Fast Casual Industry Council explored the segment’s secrets to success.

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Health Care Watch: With minimum value’s rules, the devil may be in the details

When we talk to restaurant operators about the health care law and how it will impact them, two questions always come up: what does the law require me to do and how much will it cost to comply with these new requirements?

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WRA files joint lawsuit against Liquor Control Board’s 1183 rulemaking

The I-1183 coalition announced today it has has filed a lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court, challenging the rules adopted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board in the implementation I-1183, the liquor privatization initiative approved last November by 59 percent of Washington voters.

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I-1183 coalition files legal challenge to Liquor Control Board’s rulemaking on initiative

The I-1183 coalition announced today it has has filed a lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court, challenging the rules adopted by the Washington State Liquor Control Board in the implementation I-1183, the liquor privatization initiative approved last November by 59 percent of Washington voters. The I-1183 coalition includes the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA), the Northwest Grocery Association (NWGA) and Costco Wholesale Corp.

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Best Practices Tip: Does Documentation Really Matter?

Yes! Documentation of employee performance aprogressive discipline is very important. In unemployment context, good documentation has a dirbearing on the success of your program. Did you know that about 50% of all avoidalosses for most TALX clients occur due to missingor incomplete documentation or a failure to provmisconduct?

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Deadline for member survey is this Saturday. We need your input!

The deadline for this month’s Washington Restaurant Industry Tracking Survey (WRITS) is Saturday, June 23 and WRA needs more member input.

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Emerging trends could affect supply-chain business, experts say

Supply-chain managers are paying close attention to a number of emerging trends that could affect the way the foodservice industry does business going forward, experts said at the National Restaurant Association’s recent Supply Chain Management executive study group conference.

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Freshen up menus with summer produce

As part of the restaurant industry’s commitment to supporting the healthy lifestyles of our guests, consider bulking up your offerings of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. This can be a sound profitability strategy, as in-season produce is typically very affordable and can freshen up plate compositions.

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L&I marks one-year anniversary of Stay at Work program

One year into its new Stay at Work program, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has reimbursed 568 employers with $2.5 million and helped 1,200 injured workers remain on the job, making it one of the fastest growing workers’ comp programs in the United States.

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Measuring restaurant improvements for the remainder of 2012

Operators who have seen improvements in food and labor costs have started to calculate their prime cost and inventory turnover each week and share the results with their managers and kitchen personnel.

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McKenna and Inslee debate in front of Washington business leaders

State gubernatorial candidates, Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee, squared off in their first public debate this week during a meeting in Spokane, hosted by the Association of Washington Business. Moderated by Austin Jenkins of the Northwest News Network, Tuesday’s debate gave the candidates an opportunity to discuss their views on health care, taxes, education funding and employment, among other issues. The WRA endorsed McKenna for governor earlier this year.