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NRA Commends Anti-Hunger Measure

The National Restaurant Association on Thursday thanked members of the House Committee on Ways and Means for approving the “Fighting Hunger Incentive Act of 2014,” legislation that makes permanent a temporary provision allowing incorporated small businesses the enhanced deduction for donations of food inventory.

Record Number Flock to D.C. to Advocate for Industry

Healthcare, immigration reform, and minimum wage hikes were among the top issues restaurateurs discussed with members of Congress during the National Restaurant Association’s 2014 Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.

Minimum Wage Effort Stalls in Senate

Senate Democrats were unable to advance their bill to raise the minimum wage Wednesday, failing by a vote of 54-42, six votes shy of the 60 required to overcome a Senate Republican filibuster.Several industry groups, including the National Council of Chain Restaurants, the National Restaurant Association, and the International Franchise Association, oppose the legislation.

NRA Partners with eHealth on Insurance Coverage

The National Restaurant Association announced it is partnering with eHealth, Inc. to offer tools and resources to industry employees looking to find health insurance coverage.“A critical part of our work as an association is to offer solutions for our members,” says Phil Kafarakis, chief innovation & member advancement officer, NRA.

NRA Sets Political Agenda,Tackles Proposed Minimum Wage Increase

As restaurateurs manage the day-to-day requirements to keep their operations afloat, looming in the backdrop are federal regulations that have direct impact on their business. The National Restaurant Association (NRA), led by Scott DeFife, executive vice president policy and government affairs and the industry’s chief lobbyist on Capitol Hill, has identified four key issues that demand attention.

California Lawmaker Proposes Warning Label on Sugary Drinks

A California state lawmaker introduced legislation on Thursday requiring soda and other sugary beverages to carry warning labels, in much the same way that cigarettes do.Citing studies that link these beverages to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay, State Sen.

National Restaurant Association Lobbies for 40 Hours as Full Time

The National Restaurant Association reiterated its support for efforts to establish the health care law’s definition of full-time employment at 40 hours per week. The House Ways and Means Committee is examining the impact of the law’s employer mandate in a hearing.

Minimum Wage Requirements Rise in 13 States

On January 1, minimum hourly wages increased in 13 states, bringing the total number of states with higher minimum wages than required by the federal government to 21.The federal minimum wage, last increased in July 2009, stands at $7.

Darden Restaurants Scores 100 on Corporate Equality Index

Darden Restaurants announced that the company scored 100 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for its business practices and policies toward its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees.

Smithfield Beats National Averages for Injuries

When it comes to the rate of work-related injuries and illnesses, along with days missed from work, Smithfield Foods, Inc. beat the national averages for all industries, not just the meat industry and animal production segment, according to the U.

Restaurant Industry Advocates Patent Reform

The National Restaurant Association, joined by 36 state restaurant association partners, is calling on Senate leaders to support reforms that will provide restaurateurs and other technology end-users with relief from abusive demands from patent trolls.