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Weekly Update: WIN – Short-term rental bill signed into law

WIN: Short-term rental bill signed into law On May 9, Gov. Jay Inslee signed Substitute House Bill 1798, our top priority short-term rental bill, into law. This is a #WIN

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Spotlight On Menu Calorie Counts: Consumer Behavior Of Millennials Most Impacted

About one-third of 1,000 consumers surveyed pay attention to calorie counts on restaurant menus and 60% say calories play at least a slight role in their food choices, according to a poll by kNOW. Calorie counts are most likely to be ignored at the drive-thru and most likely to be noticed while dining in at quickserve eateries. (MediaPost)

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Working Lunch: Blueprint set for future policy efforts after menu labeling win

On this episode of Working Lunch, the Align team has an extended interview with one of the key people guiding the restaurant industry through major policy issues around the country. They talked to the National Restaurant Association’s head of government affairs, Cicely Simpson, about menu labeling and the blueprint for proactive efforts on a variety of issues. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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FDA’s new calorie-labeling rules empower consumers to make healthier choices

GIVING customers more information so they can make educated choices is empowering — and might even improve their health. And, as it turns out, that’s something Republicans and Democrats can agree on, even in today’s divided political environment. (Seattle Times)

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Menu labeling provides transparency for our guests

For many of us who work in the food service industry, May 7, 2018 is more than a decade in the making. Starting today, federal law requires restaurants with 20 or more locations to post calories on their menus. In a country where the average consumer eats and drinks one-third of their calories away from home, this is a huge win for all of us. (The Hill)

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Weekly Update: Hospitality Month 2018 is Here

Hospitality Month 2018 is Here Gov. Jay Inslee’s second annual Hospitality Month celebrates the state’s largest private employer and its career paths that take employees from first job to $100,000

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Weekly Update: Get Ready for May 7 Menu Labeling Deadline

Get Ready for May 7 Menu Labeling Deadline Crunch time is here. If you’re not prepared for the new federal menu labeling regulations, you need to get prepared now. After

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Menu Labeling Deadline (May 7)

By Paul Schlienz Menu labeling is here, and the FDA is firm that there will be no more delays. In general, the rule covers restaurants and similar retail food establishments

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FDA publishes more menu labeling guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday published guidance for its frequently delayed rules requiring restaurants and grocery stores to put calorie counts on their menus next May. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb also reiterated his intent to not delay the rules any longer. (Nation’s Restaurant News)

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Weekly Update: Paid Leave Legislation

Paid Leave Legislation: Video Update After many months of thoughtful strategic planning by Democrats, Republicans, businesses and labor, we believe the Legislature will act on paid family leave before the

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Weekly Update: Menu-Labeling Deadline, May 5

Menu-Labeling Deadline, May 5: Know the Rules Starting on May 5, restaurants with 20 or more locations will be required to comply with menu-labeling rules under the Affordable Care Act.

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Weekly Update: FDA Extends Menu Labeling Deadline

FDA Extends Menu Labeling Deadline to May 5, 2017 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration  announced  on Tuesday that the compliance date for the federal government’s menu labeling regulation is

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FDA Extends Menu Labeling Deadline to May 5, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration  announced  on Tuesday that the compliance date for the federal government’s menu labeling regulation to May 5, 2017. Initially, the compliance date was Dec.

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Weekly Update: Obama Signs New GMO Food Labeling Law, Restaurants Exempted

President Obama signed into law a bipartisan bill that creating a national standard requiring food manufacturers to disclose foods containing genetically modified ingredients.

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Enforcement of federal menu-labeling rule will begin May 5, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration yesterday officially announced the availability of final guidance on the federal menu-labeling rule, which means restaurateurs and similar retail food establishments now have a date certain for compliance: May 5, 2017.