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IRS Changes Rules on How Restaurants Tax Tips

The days of servers banking on large groups as a sure thing for a tip are gone—or at least will be soon.In 2012, the IRS redefined how restaurants must classify automatic gratuities, often charged on parties of six, eight, or larger.

Making Sense of the FDA’s Menu-Labeling Rule

Talk of menu labeling has swirled around the industry since 2010, with the passage of section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act. On Tuesday, Nov. 25, The Food and Drug Administration announced the long-awaited menu-labeling regulations, delineating the proper steps restaurants must take to establish calorie counts on menus by the Dec.

Law Firm Forms National Restaurant Industry Group

Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, announced the formation of its Restaurant Industry Group, one of the most comprehensive, multidisciplinary legal teams devoted exclusively to the restaurant industry to be established by a national law firm.

Wood-Sourcing Regulations Fire Up Restaurants

With 34 locations, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is no stranger to the expansion game. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, the upscale restaurant opened its first unit in 2000 and won over diners with its wood-grilled steaks and fish.

Majority Support Minimum Wage Hike, Survey Finds

In a survey of 1,000 restaurant-goers, Technomic found 83 percent support increasing the minimum wage and adjusting it annually for inflation. The research firm's study found widespread backing across age groups and political orientations, with 93 percent support among self-described liberals, 87 percent among moderates, and 70 percent among conservatives.

Chefs Gather for Advocacy and Policy Change

More than a dozen chefs from around the country will convene for the James Beard Foundation (JBF)’s fifth Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas, from Sept.

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.