Restaurant industry calls for elimination of auto-enrollment mandate in health care law

Restaurant industry calls for elimination of auto-enrollment mandate in health care law

On Wednesday, the National Restaurant Association commended U.S. House of Representatives members Richard Hudson (NC-08) and Robert Pittenger (NC-09) for introducing legislation that would eliminate the needlessly burdensome automatic enrollment requirement in the 2010 health care law. “The Auto Enroll Repeal Act” would eliminate a 2010 health care law provision requiring employers with more than 200 full-time employees to automatically enroll new full-time employees in health care coverage by their 91st day of employment. The Association noted that the unique characteristics of the restaurant industry’s workforce make this provision particularly challenging. It also pointed to the auto enrollment mandate’s redundancy, since the health care law’s employer mandate already subjects large employers to potential penalties if they fail to offer affordable health care coverage to full-time employees and their dependents.

Less than a month remains to register FREE for the Northwest Foodservice Show
Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in the region’s largest and best known business-to-business foodservice industry event, April 21-22 in Portland, Ore. The 2013 Northwest Foodservice Show will feature more than 450 vendor booths, educational seminars, chef demonstrations, new product showcase, Daily Deals and much more. Registration is free at until April 12. Make your plans today!

Weekly health care conference call: Learn how to handle new employees and new variable hour employees
Get your questions answered on health care reform and how it affects your business! This week’s call focuses on determining eligibility and the offer of health care coverage. Separate rules exist for the offer of health care coverage for new employees and new variable hour employees hired after January 2014. Join us for a discussion of these rules and how you can mitigate the cost impact of this requirement. The conference call is this Friday, March 22, at 10 a.m. The call-in number is 1-800-582-3014, and the participant access code is 699019287.

WRA welcomes new communications manager
David Faro has joined WRA as the new Communications Manager. He brings 15 years of experience in project, event and media management, as well as extensive experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. “David comes in with a tremendous passion for our industry,” said Lex Nepomuceno, department head for communications & technology. “His unique skill set and experience allow us to continue serving members as the primary source for industry news and information – even taking things to a whole new level.” David can be reached at

Casual chains hit hardest by higher payroll tax
Sales at casual-dining establishments fell 5.4 percent last month, after declining 0.6 percent in January and 1.6 percent in December, according to the Knapp-Track Index of monthly restaurant sales. This was the first three months of consecutive declines in almost three years, with consumers caught in a “very emotional moment,” said Malcolm Knapp, a New York-based consultant who created the index and has monitored the industry since 1970. Read on.