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Restaurant industry to Congress: Curb ADA lawsuit abuse

Restaurants and other businesses should have a period of time to investigate and fix alleged accessibility problems before lawsuits are filed, the National Restaurant Association said in testimony submitted to Congress recently.

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Weekly Update: What does the Supreme Court ruling on health care mean for restaurants?

More than a week after the Supreme Court has upheld the 2010 health care law’s individual mandate, restaurateurs look to industry insiders to help them navigate through the changes to come.

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Seattle Paid Sick Leave Rules Finalized, Posters/Brochures now online

The Seattle Office of Civil Rights, after modifications resulting from feedback by the WRA, Seattle Restaurant Alliance, and operators throughout Seattle, has come out with a finalized version of the rules governing the upcoming paid sick/safe leave mandate set to go into effect September 1.

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Distributors to Defend LCB Rulemaking in Law Suit

In June, the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) and the 1183 Coalition filed a lawsuit over the Liquor Control Board’s (LCB) unauthorized rulemaking to implement 1183. The lawsuit will challenge the rulemaking in five areas.

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What health departments expect from new restaurant owners

There can be many hidden surprises when you buy a used car. The same can apply when you buy a restaurant, bar or food cart.

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IRS issues guidance on tax treatment of tips vs. service charges

Rev. Rul. 2012-18 provides guidance in a question-and-answer format regarding social security and Medicare taxes imposed on tips under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA), including information on distinguishing between tips and service charges, the credit under Sec. 45B for employer social security and Medicare taxes, and the rules for reporting the employer share of FICA under the notice and demand provisions of Sec. 3121(q).

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Plan now for health care law, experts say

Restaurateurs need to begin preparing to implement the health care law’s requirements for employers even though key regulatory guidance is still missing and legislative changes may be necessary, the National Restaurant Association’s labor and workforce team told NRA members.

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Operators to increase capital spending through 2012

Restaurateurs are planning for more capital spending throughout the rest of the year, the National Restaurant Association reports.

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WRA joins tip pooling lawsuit against U.S. Dept. of Labor

WRA members are understandably vocal about their desire for major reform to the state’s minimum wage law. Realistically, the WRA recognizes that this will be a significant challenge; however, there is still much ground work that can laid to help ease the incredible burden of labor costs on the state’s restaurant operators. The WRA has long advocated for tip pooling, an allowance that would deliver a greater amount of pay equity between tipped and non-tipped employees.

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Weekly Update: WRA announces major change to Retro claims management

The Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) is excited to introduce its new claims management company, ERNWest. Effective Aug. 1, 2012, ERNWest will assume the WRA’s Retro member’s claims services for the entire Retro Program. This change is a result of an extensive evaluation by the WRA’s Retro Task Force, MSC board and several member risk managers. The WRA launched the Retro Task Force as a means to ensure our members are getting the greatest value and the greatest service from our providers, which resulted in an in-depth review of our program. The entire process took 12 months, and after careful consideration of several key factors, the MSC Board has decided to switch from Integrated Claims Management (ICM) to ERNWest.

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Corn woes could affect feed prices, protein supply

The ongoing drought in the Midwest is threatening the nation’s corn crop, which will result in even higher food costs for the restaurant industry, a commodities expert said.

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Restaurant industry to Congress: Curb ADA lawsuit abuse

Restaurants and other businesses should have a period of time to investigate and fix alleged accessibility problems before lawsuits are filed, the National Restaurant Association said in testimony submitted to Congress recently.

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Weekly Update: What does the Supreme Court ruling on health care mean for restaurants?

More than a week after the Supreme Court has upheld the 2010 health care law’s individual mandate, restaurateurs look to industry insiders to help them navigate through the changes to come. The court called the mandate a tax under Congress’ tax-and-spend authority as cited in the U.S. Constitution.

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Health Care Watch: What the Supreme Court ruling means for you

More than a week after the Supreme Court has upheld the 2010 health care law’s individual mandate, restaurateurs look to industry insiders to help them navigate through the changes to come.

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Health care law: compliance efforts move forward

The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold most parts of the 2010 health care law means full steam ahead for employer compliance with the law — at least in the near term, according to legal experts from the restaurant industry.