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5 political developments restaurants need to watch

Here’s a primer on the overlooked initiatives that governments and elected officials are considering.

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FDA intends to differentiate between safe and unsafe romaine lettuce

The food safety watchdog is developing new labels to indicate when a source is beyond suspicion.

The reissue of guidelines tossed in 2009 are expected to shield full-service establishments from lawsuits alleging underpayment of servers.

Initiatives legalizing pot use in Michigan and halting taxes on services in Arizona were also approved.

Several proposals on state and local ballots could profoundly impact restaurants. Here’s a rundown.

The last two weeks have brought a slew of new laws that affect the restaurant industry. Here’s a look, a sort of pre-Halloween scare.

The union-backed group is inviting workers across a number of industries to bolster the pressure by joining what it's calling a three-day "coast-to-coast uprising."

The decision could require restaurants to forego the tip credit for side work and untipped activities.

The revision would greatly narrow the instances where restaurant employers could be held responsible for the employment practices of their franchisees.

The federal agency says there’s no evidence to support the restaurant-opposed move.