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Restaurants’ ‘micro unions’ quashed by NLRB

The board's decision closes an alternate route to organizing staffers.

Restaurateurs' advice to the new president

A group of restaurant-chain CEOs offered their advice to the next chief executive as the race moved into the home stretch.

It's now illegal in some places to ask job applicants certain questions, or to serve some Asian dishes.

One of the industry's own has been chosen as Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Labor. With a sympathizer in place, restaurants would have a strong chance of seeing such hated measures as the new overtime rules and joint employer reclassification rolled back.

New reports make the case for expanding menu labeling to all restaurants and adopting a nationwide soda tax. It's enough to make you want to crave a $300 breakfast at Denny's.

A new scientific discovery could be a pain for all operators. Meanwhile, colleagues continue to illustrate what not to do when situations are trying.

A decision last week underscores a change in how the NLRB views a franchisor's accountability for the actions of franchisees.

The action could be a test of local jurisdictions' ability to adopt disclosure requirements while the federal mandate is on hold until May. Industry officials fear that restaurant chains may be subject to a patchwork of regulatory obligations and penalties.

The industry showed it's not afraid to stand up to its adversaries on important government issues, and will likely be emboldened going forward by help in the rumble from an unlikely source. It also was fearless in exploiting the opportunities afforded by the P.F. Chang's Olympics. Or something like that.

The measure would protect restaurants and other businesses from parties who buy up patents expressly for the purpose of suing alleged violators of usage rights.

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