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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.

NRA: Proposal Creates Unlevel Playing Field Between Restaurants and Grocery Stores

In a letter to lawmakers March 21, the National Restaurant Association and several restaurant companies said that H.R. 1249 would create an unlevel playing field between restaurants and other entities that serve restaurant food, such as chain grocery and convenience stores, by exempting those stores from providing uniform nutrition information to customers.

NRA Responds to Ruling to Overturn New York City Beverage Ban

The National Restaurant Association released the following statement about the decision by a New York state judge who struck down the New York City beverage ban March 11. The ruling by State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling in Manhattan came down just one day before the ban was supposed to take effect.