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Alaina Lancaster

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Alaina Lancaster is the assistant editor at Restaurant Business/FoodService Director, specializing in legislation, labor and human resources. Prior to joining Restaurant Business, she interned for the Washington Monthly, The Riveter and The German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Alaina studied magazine journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism and currently lives in Chicago. She never backs down from a triple-dog-dare to try eccentric foods.

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Employee turnover is up after teasing the industry with plateauing numbers this summer.

Check out how operators are showing love to the heart of their kitchens and getting a more engaged staff in return.

Here’s how restaurants are working to build healthy cultures in which staff feel comfortable raising their voices.

Check out how restaurants are tailoring custom career opportunities for employees.

An annual employee engagement survey might not be enough in this competitive labor market. Some restaurants are finding ways to check in with staff on a monthly, weekly or even daily basis.

And what you can steal from their lesson plans.

A federal judge in Texas has struck down an Obama administration rule that would have raised the salary threshold at which restaurants would have to pay overtime.

With employee turnover at an all-time high, some restaurants are tugging at workers’ heart strings—making it harder for them to say goodbye.

Check out four operators that are sketching out professional pathways for employees.

See how operators are filling the staffing holes left behind by young workers returning to school.

They’re dynamic and elusive, they’re transforming the workplace, and they might be harder to get than ever. Here, four key employee types—and how to win them over.

Together with research firm TDn2K, Restaurant Business reports how a tight labor market, changing consumer habits and regulation are shaping how restaurants pay employees.