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Global Foodservice Companies Beware: The New ‘Transition Tax’

As foodservice companies continue to find new markets to operate in, foreign reporting for tax purposes has grown in complexity due to an increased level of scrutiny in the last several years.U.S.-based foodservice companies with foreign subsidiaries use Form 5471 to report activity abroad on its U.

Iron Chef Jose Garces' Restaurant Group Declares Bankruptcy

Chef Jose Garces’ has filed for bankruptcy and will sell the 13 remaining restaurants in his portfolio, which once numbered as large as 30.The move could either grant the chef more time in repaying debts or to reduce the amount owed under bankruptcy protection law.

Controversial Menu-Labeling Rule is Now Law for Restaurants

May 7 marked the official start date for the oft-delayed menu-labeling laws. It took nearly a decade, but at last restaurants and other away-from-home food retailers are being required by federal obligation to include calorie counts on menus and signage.

Lawmakers Introduce the DRIVE-Safe Act to Address Driver Shortage

Representatives Duncan Hunter (CA-50) and Trey Hollingsworth (IN–9), with support from the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) and the American Trucking Associations (ATA), introduced the DRIVE-Safe Act Wednesday, critical legislation that addresses the massive driver shortage affecting the movement of commerce in our country by promoting opportunity and enhanced safety training for emerging members of this growing workforce.

Chef Mike Isabella Denies Sexual Harassment Claims

Mike Isabella, a former “Top Chef” contestant who turned his stint on the reality TV show into an 11-location, $30 million restaurant empire in the nation’s capital, is the latest food industry figure accused of sexual harassment.

NLRB Goes Back on 'Joint Employer' Ruling

The National Labor Board unanimously vacated its December Hy-Brand joint employer ruling Monday (February 26), meaning restaurant operators around the nation will once again be subject to the 2015 Browning-Ferris test for determining joint employment.

NLRB Overturns Obama-Era Joint-Employer Decision

The so-called “joint-employer” ruling was overturned by a U.S. labor board Thursday. In a 3-2 decision, the Republican controlled National Labor Relations Board reversed the standard it set in a 2015 case involving Browning-Ferris Industries Inc.

McCormick & Schmick’s Sued for Sexual Harassment

Five female workers filed a sexual harassment lawsuit Tuesday against upscale seafood chain McCormick & Schmick’s, alleging constant groping and verbal abuse from male supervisors and co-workers, including the executive chef, at the company’s restaurant near Faneuil Hall in Boston.

Petition Asks Target to Drop Mario Batali's Cookware Line

After four women accused celebrity chef Mario Batali of touching them inappropriately, a Care2 petition is calling on Target to drop his cookware line. The petition has gathered over 2,000 signatures.“The restaurant industry is notoriously an abusive workplace.

Tip Credits: Is the DOL’s 20 Percent Guidelines a Bridge Too Far?

When does a server stop being a server? According to the Department of Labor’s enforcement handbook, when servers spend more than 20 percent of their time on non-tip generating activities. Relying on that interpretation, courts have held that employers lose the benefit of the tip credit provision when servers spend in excess of 20 percent of their time on such activities.

Mario Batali Leaves Company Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Chef Mario Batali is taking a leave of absence from his company and TV show following accusations of habitual sexual harassment, which surfaced in an Eater New York story published Monday morning. According to the publication, at least four women accused the famed chef of inappropriately touching them during his time at the helm of his company, including groping their breasts and buttocks, among other claims.

Proposed DOL Rule Could Change Tip Pooling

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed a new tip pooling rule that would expand the number of employees eligible for tip pooling to include more back-of-house workers and potentially managers.