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California restaurant operators raise prices, look for solutions and try to remain optimistic

Restaurant companies have raised prices to offset the $20 wage. But how much depends on the concept. And brands like McDonald’s are also working to get customers excited about coming in.


California's new fast-food wage law will also expand overtime eligibility

Salaried quick-service employees will be entitled to overtime if they make less than about $84,000 a year. And that's just one of the other surprises the bill is packing.

Reality Check: Conditions are aligning within the restaurant business for a leap in union activity. Yet apathy prevails.

Operators have examined their kitchens and processes and added a lot more technology while focusing on takeout. The result has been a more efficient operation.

The industry has regained workers, and more operators are likely to say they’re fully staffed. But labor is more expensive. Retention remains a key stressor. And jobs have moved.

The industry has a number of initiatives underway to pull more potential hires into the field. But the setback of the pandemic and the need for scale are deferring the payoff.

Reality Check: A candidate for the state's open U.S. Senate seat would like to see a $50 pay floor nationwide.

Yet QSRs and sit-down places outside of Washington stepped up their hiring.

The coffee chain wants the nation's highest court to decide if employees were truly dismissed because of their union activities.

Steeper increases were seen among 69 municipalities and counties that also raised their pay floors. Here's a look at where the wage is highest.

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