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Study: Injured Workers Miss an Average of 30 Days

Injuries to restaurant workers cause employees to miss an average of 30 days from work, according to claims data analyzed by AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., the nation’s fourth largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance.

Josh Kern Joins CraftWorks as Chief Experience Officer

CraftWorks Holdings, a restaurant conglomerate with 390 locations across 40 states, announced that it has hired Josh Kern as Chief Experience Officer. In this position, Kern will be responsible for customer-centric strategies to help the brands deliver exceptional customer experience, including oversight for the brands’ strategy, marketing, brewery, culinary and digital efforts.

Former El Pollo Loco CMO Joins Friendly's as Chief Branding Officer

FIC Restaurants, Inc. announced the appointment of Ed Valle as its chief branding officer. Valle, who has over 20 years of experience in restaurants, consumer packaged goods, and brand marketing at both the national and global level, is excited to bring his insight to the Friendly’s executive team.

Logan’s Roadhouse Names Industry Vet Tim Kaliher President

On the heels of its merger announcement with CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Logan’s Roadhouse tapped industry veteran Tim Kaliher chief operations officer and brand president.Before Logan’s Roadhouse, Kaliher was COO of Black Bear Diners, Inc.

Department of Labor Retracts Controversial 80/20 Rule

On November 8, the Department of Labor retracted the Obama-era “80/20 rule” and clarified guidelines on how employers should properly compensate tipped employees.Since it began on March 2, 2009, the confusing “80/20” rule has been causing headaches and lawsuits for restaurant employees.

Former Darden Vet Joins FoodFirst Global Restaurants

FoodFirst Global Restaurants, the owner of BRIO Tuscan Grille and BRAVO Cucina Italiana announced Dave Pickens, an industry veteran who’s worked his way up through restaurants, as its new president and chief operations officer.

CORE Announces New Executive Director

Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE) has named Linda Eaves its executive director.Eaves replaces Lauren LaViola, who joined CORE in 2011 and has served as its executive director since 2013. LaViola will transition into a role overseeing development and partnerships for CORE.

Houlihan's Strengthens Leadership with 3 Industry Vets

In an announcement made by Mike Archer, chief executive officer of Leawood, Kansas-based HRI, Inc., the company has named three new members to the HRI, Inc. executive team—Chad Devorak, senior vice president of operations for Houlihan’s Restaurant + Bar; Bill Leibengood, chief marketing officer, HRI, Inc.

Rusty Bucket Promotes Jim Sauter to Vice President

Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern announced the promotion of Jim Sauter from director of operations to vice president of the company. Sauter has more than 29 years of experience in the restaurant industry.

Real Mex Restaurants Buyer Names New CEO, CFO

FM Restaurants HoldCo, LLC, an affiliate of Z Capital Group, LLC, a leading alternative asset manager of opportunistic, value-oriented private equity and credit funds, today announced the appointments of Randy Sharpe as Chief Executive Officer and Ned Algeo as Chief Financial Officer.