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Operations

This week’s 5 head-spinning restaurant moments: 1 more inch

A cattle rustling by one of Chick-fil-A's competitors was just one instance of operators pushing the traditional boundaries of the restaurant business this week.

Workforce

What’s at stake with association health plans for staff?

New healthcare insurance options promise to bring down the cost of coverage for small businesses like restaurants, making a key employee benefit more affordable. Here, in layman’s terms, is what operators need to know about the new choices.

A judge rejected the proposed settlement that would have averted the need for courts to decide when restaurant franchisees and franchisors are joint employers.

Eight quick-service chains have been asked to provide information on their use of no-hiring agreements.

Under what are believed to be the most sweeping restrictions in the country, operators can no longer use plastic straws, drink picks or disposable utensils without risk of a $250 fine.

The Department of Labor will let restaurants pool their purchasing might to negotiate better rates.

The portion of servers’ wages paid by restaurant employers will rise to $15 an hour.

Cicely Simpson split with the association on Friday, without a public explanation. But Beltway reports say her department had suffered.

After a six-month grace period, the familiar foam packaging will be banned.

The high court decided a bakery could refuse service to a gay couple, but only because of the particulars of that case.