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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.

Food Industry Welcomes New Guidelines Promoting Food Safety

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack commended the Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR) for the new CIFOR Foodborne Illness Response Guidelines for Owners, Operators, and Managers of Food Establishments.

Women Executives Respond to Health Insurance Issues

The organization Women Executives in the Beverage Industry (WEBI) announced a partnership with SASid Insurance Development to provide members of the U.S. beverage and hospitality community access to affordable health insurance.

Tipping Controversies Challenge Tradition

Several New York City restaurants were named in a lawsuit on July 18 over deceptive tipping practices, including Applebee’s, Olive Garden, and Red Lobster. The $5.5 billion class action lawsuit is over the restaurants’ decision to include an added gratuity and tip line on the bills.