Weekly Update: U.S. Department of Labor rules employers must disclose consultants’ recommendations to unions

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Restaurant operators who hire consultants to advise them during union-organizing drives will be required under a new U.S. Department of Labor rule to reveal what the these hired advisers recommend, starting July 1. The new requirement extends to communications between employers and consultants, making strategies and tactics for keeping a workplace union-free available to union organizers. “The DOL has once again hit businesses and employers with a burdensome rule that places them at a disadvantage when dealing with organized labor,” said Robert Cresanti, CEO of the International Franchise Association. “The rule will undoubtedly have a chilling effect on franchise companies receiving labor law advice from outside counsel and effectively deters businesses away from seeking sound legal advice.” Read more…

2016 Northwest Foodservice Show speakers now online

The 2016 Northwest Foodservice Show provided days full of learning, networking opportunities, great food and an abundance of helpful information to thousands of people! This amazing expo, hosted by the WRA, ran from March 20 – 21, at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center. The presenting sponsor for this popular event is Heartland payment systems. A list of all the great contributing sponsors can be found here. One of the most popular offerings of the show were our great educational speakers. View the online videos of these presentations here.

Mark your calendars: Tacoma membership meeting, March 29

Please join us for our next Tacoma membership meeting on Tuesday, March 29, 10-11:30 a.m., at The Cloverleaf, 6430 6th Avenue, Tacoma. At this meeting we will provide a Tacoma policy update, discuss paid sick leave and minimum wage, find ways to be proactive in our community and answer any questions you might have.  View the entire agenda here. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, please RSVP to your Local Government Affairs Coordinator Samantha Louderback at Samanthal@warestaurant.org.

Bite of the Apprentice Scholarship Dinner, April 11 – Don’t miss it!

For an evening of tasty food that helps build our industry’s future workforce, you don’t want to miss the ACF Washington State Chef’s Association’s  Bite of the Apprentice Scholarship Dinner (April 11, 6 p.m., Renton Technical College Cafeteria, Building I – Roberts Campus Center). All proceeds go to ProStart. Come out and enjoy the tastes of the season, see what creations the apprentice cooks and pastry cooks have created for you! An array of tasty delights will be prepared by students from Bates Technical College, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Olympic College, Renton Technical College Culinary Arts, Renton Technical College Baking/Pastry and Renton Technical College Catering. Chefs, students and the public get in for only $10 while ProStart students get in free. Beer and wine are $2. For more information, contact the WRA’s Bernadette Irish at bernadettei@warestaurant.org.

TableSoft and Mama’s Mexican Kitchen on DineNW radio show – now online

Don’t miss this week’s DineNW radio show, now online. Co-hosts Andy Cook and Paul Schlienz kick off the show by interviewing Joe Snell, founder of TableSoft. Andy and Paul then chat with Mike McAlpin, owner of Mama’s Mexican Kitchen, Seattle’s oldest Mexican eatery.

Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Beware of credit card miscoding

A word to wise restaurateurs: Keep a close eye on your merchant category codes. In the credit card processing world, merchants are categorized according to a merchant category code (MCC). This code helps determine interchange fees, or the amount merchants are required pay to card-issuing banks for each credit card transaction. Recently, there have been reports of deliberate instances of miscoding of businesses, including restaurants, which should be coded as MCC-5812, as bars (MCC-5813) in order for a payment processor to offer restaurants lower fees since bars generally have lower interchange fees. The one digit, in a MCC, that differentiates a restaurant from a bar is no joke. It may not look like much, but it can potentially mean a big hit to you financially if it is miscoded. Read more…