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Washington Restaurant Weekly: Operating budget approved, but 2015 legislative session does not end

Posted On: July 02, 2015

After a grueling final day, and night, and despite the passage of the 2015-17 operating budget the Legislature did not adjourn after 169 straight days. Restaurateurs had reason to be happy with the passage of this budget as it was.

Washington Restaurant Market Watch: Overtime pay proposal could have big impact on restaurants

Posted On: July 02, 2015

Policies have consequences. In the case of President Barack Obama’s June 29 proposal for new overtime rules, the impact on restaurants could be enormous.

Allergy-friendly practices to protect guests and increase your business

Posted On: June 30, 2015

Accommodating customers with food allergies is no small task. More than 250 food allergens have been identified, and 15 million Americans diagnosed with food allergies look to dine where they feel safe.

Restaurant industry continues to push for ACA changes

Posted On: June 29, 2015

Friday’s Supreme Court decision upholding a major element of the Affordable Care Act ensures that the ACA remains the law of the land — but it doesn’t take away from the need for Congress to make reasonable, common-sense changes to the law, the National Restaurant Association said.

What does the ordinance mean for franchise owners?

Posted On: June 26, 2015

When it comes to franchisees, the law in Seattle considers you a large business even if you only own a single outlet. As part of a franchise you must include all employees who work for the franchisor. So, if you […]

Washington Restaurant Weekly: WRA/WLA merger update: joining forces to provide greater value for members

Posted On: June 25, 2015

The executive committees of the Washington Restaurant Association and the Washington Lodging Association have approved transition plans for communications, membership and business development in preparation for combining operations by Oct. 1, 2015.

Washington Restaurant Market Watch: NLRB joint-employer ruling is a job killer

Posted On: June 24, 2015

There could be big trouble ahead for franchisors, thanks to a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) opinion – and it could potentially harm employees, too.

The restaurateur’s guide to immigration rules

Posted On: June 23, 2015

I-9 forms. E-Verify. Visa rules. The web of immigration laws and regulations can be overwhelming, and the smallest slip-up can lead to steep fines and penalties.

Measuring food waste can bolster your bottom line

Posted On: June 23, 2015

Are your hard-earned dollars going out with the trash or getting lost in the compost pile? Nationwide, restaurants throw away millions of pounds of food each day. Four to 10 percent of food purchased by a restaurant or foodservice operation […]