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Weekly Update: Persuader Rule Blocked in Federal Court – Victory for Employers

Employers won big in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, which blocked a federal rule that would have forced attorneys and clients to report details of confidential attorney-client relationships, complicating employers’ efforts to seek legal counsel in opposing and dealing with unions.

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Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Finding Employees in a Tight Labor Market

That’s great news if you’re one of the many college students entering the workforce after graduation. It’s also glad tidings if you’re among the unemployed, but if you’re an employer, it’s a challenge.

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New App Helps Combat Human Trafficking in Hotels

The next time you snap pics on vacation, consider stopping to take a picture of the hotel room you’re crashing in: It could save a human trafficking victim. A new app, TraffickCam, is compiling a database of hotel room photos to detect patterns in carpeting, furniture, room accessories and window views to catch traffickers using hotels as their venue. (Triple Pundit)

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4 futuristic innovations for foodservice

While the buzz of The 2016 NRA Show floor has quieted since May, NRN takes another look at some of the futuristic products you may have missed, from a salad-making robot and coffee maker allowing guests to skip the line, to self-monitoring hoods and flues and up-to-the-minute, in-demand menu management. These new products show how smart technology can offer convenience to the customer and to restaurant operators. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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2016 Top 100: A look at the 10 fastest-growing chains

If the future of the restaurant industry is found in its fastest-growing chains, then we will all be eating a lot of chicken. Four of the 10 chains that posted the largest growth in U.S. systemwide sales are chicken brands serving chicken fingers, wings and sandwiches in more locations and with more volume. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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10 takeaways in the battle for market share

It was a year of market share growth for chains in the Beverage-Snack, Pizza, Chicken, LSR/Mexican, C-store, Bakery-Cafe and Limited Service/Specialty categories. Explore this gallery to get to a look inside key market share battles within the foodservice industry. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Employers Enjoy First Round Victory: PERSUADER RULE BLOCKED!

Describing the federal government’s controversial persuader rule as “defective to its core,” the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas today blocked the rule in its entirety. Had it not been stopped, then beginning on July 1, 2016, the new rule would have forced attorneys and their clients to report in open records the details of their confidential attorney-client relationships, making it complicated for employers to seek legal counsel in opposing and dealing with unions. (Fisher Phillips)

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Tacoma business owner wins national award for policy efforts

Yesterday, Tacoma business owner Reggie Frederick was awarded the Ruben A. Dankoff Award for his public policy and legislative work. The award was given to Fredrick at the 2016 Bowling

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The Current State of Keyless Entry at Big Hotel Brands

Last year marked a pivotal moment in terms of keyless room technology, as Starwood, Hilton, Marriott, and other brands announced investments in the mobile tech. And while there is consumer uptake, this still feels like a transitional technology that has us asking: What’s next? (Skift)

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Latin American foods and flavors are a source of snack inspiration

Snacking is a way of life for life for US consumers, and as restaurants and food manufacturers seek to expand their snack offerings many of them are turning to Latin American foods and flavors for inspiration. Eighty-three percent of consumers surveyed this year said they snack on a daily basis, up from 73% in 2014, according to research from Technomic. (SmartBrief)

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Arby’s continues buying up small franchisees

At a time when many older restaurant brands are selling locations to franchisees, Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. is going in the other direction: It’s buying locations itself. The Atlanta-based quick-service sandwich chain announced a deal this week to buy 19 locations in Knoxville, Tenn., from longtime franchisee T.G.J. & Co. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Kellogg’s Cereal as Dining Event? Welcome to the Experience Economy

In a new branded café in Times Square, Kellogg’s presents familiar cereals as premium experience. Will customers buy it? (Wall Street Journal)

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Retailers, restaurants find ways to cope as minimum wages start to climb

It’s about to get more costly for businesses to operate in the nation’s second- and third-largest American cities. The cities of Los Angeles and Chicago both have local minimum wage ordinances going into effect July 1 that will increase the mandated hourly wage 5 percent to $10.50 per hour from $10 previously. (CNBC)

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Trouble Ahead? Look for These Five Red Flags in Your Restaurant Financial Statements

When the red warning light on the dashboard of your car goes on, it’s a very clear red flag that something is wrong and requires an urgent investigation and response.


ServSafe Alcohol (HERO)

ServSafe Alcohol® is a vital, practical and current responsible alcohol service training programavailable and accepted in 47 states, including Washington. Developed by the National Restaurant Association, ServSafe Alcohol implements the same