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Operations

This week’s 5 head-spinning moments: Research run amok

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.

Leadership

This week's restaurant nightmares: Our little secret

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.

A bill signed into law yesterday by the governor will penalize restaurants for making last-minute shift changes. It's widely seen as a model for other states.

Former restaurateur and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney showed sympathy for franchising's plight if an expanded definition of the concept should stand. He promised to have the White House take a look.

Congregations of 84 prominent clergymen will be urged to support a hike to $11.50 an hour.

Although economists are still assessing the implications of the proposal, certain provisions are clear wins for restaurants.

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