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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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NLRB’s Actions Upend the Joint-Employer Standard

The National Restaurant Association issued the following statement regarding the National Labor Relations Board’s ruling in the Browning-Ferris Industries case. The 3-2 party-line decision – in which the Board ruled that a staffing agency can be considered a joint employer – has broad implications across several industries, including restaurants.

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President’s Column: A place at the table

These are exciting times for restaurants in Washington. Nearly 40 percent of restaurant units now have an ethnic theme, and I fully expect that percentage to continue to grow.

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Weekly Update: WRA urges Liquor Control Board to delay pricing regulations

Yesterday, at a Liquor Control Board (LCB) hearing, the WRA provided comment, urging the board to delay the effective date of its new rules prohibiting preferential pricing, planned to go in effect on September 9.

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Dinerware explains EMV

Dinerware WRA members page What is EMV? U.S. banks are switching up the insides of credit cards. They’re adding something called EMV technology, which stands for “Europay, MasterCard, and Visa.”


Important dates for 2016 health care enrollment

Important dates for 2016 enrollment: November 1, 2015: Open Enrollment starts — first day you can enroll in a 2016 Marketplace plan January 1, 2016: First date 2016 coverage can start January

News Room Washington State

Washington Restaurant Market Watch: What you need to know about Salmonella

Since May, more than 134 Salmonella cases have been identified in 10 Washington counties.

National News Room

National Food Safety Month Highlights Restaurant Industry Best Practices

To spotlight the restaurant industry’s ongoing commitment to food safety, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) today announced this year’s National Food Safety Month (NFSM) theme will be “Let it Flow,” focusing on the flow of food through a restaurant.

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The Importance of Background Checks

Here are some statistics t0 keep in mind before hiring your next employee One-third of job applicants lie on their applications. 5% falsify name, social security number and/or license number.

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A Korean family realizes the American Dream through restaurant ownership

The story behind Sushi Joa began years earlier when owner Greg Kim’s father faced a universal rite of passage for young Korean men by being drafted into his country’s army.

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How a new ‘joint-employer’ standard could hurt franchising

Recent moves by the National Labor Relations Board are threatening franchise independence, and that has franchise owners like Tom Saia worried.

Government Affairs Minimum wage

Seattle Minimum Wage Guide: Crash Course

Feeling a little overwhelmed? We’re finishing off our “Minimum Wage Survival Guide” series with a bare-bones guide of all the most important points we’ve covered so far.

News Room Washington Hospitality Weekly

Weekly Update: WLA board unanimously approves joint operating agreement with the WRA

Late last week, the Washington Lodging Association board unanimously and enthusiastically authorized its Executive Committee to sign the Master Services Agreement and Joint Operating Agreement with the Washington Restaurant Association.

News Room Washington State

Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Salmonella outbreak hits Washington – be prepared

“Salmonella” is a word no one in the foodservice industry wants to hear. Unfortunately, Washington state is dealing with an outbreak of this food borne bacteria. So far, there have been 134 Salmonella cases in 10 Washington counties.

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Large employers find ACA loop-hole effective savings strategy

One of these strategies calls for companies offering a minimum essential coverage (MEC) plan along with an option that offers the usual benefits associated with the Affordable Care Act. The plan is set up so that employees have the opportunity to buy the more expensive coverage, which means the company fulfills its mandate to provide adequate insurance.