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House approves a $15 minimum wage

The measure also calls for phasing out the tip credit.


Restaurants’ warnings about $15 minimum wage have merit, government study finds

The so-called living wage would kill about 1.3 million jobs, according to the report from Congress’ research arm.

Technology and bigger bonuses have become more common as costs continue to increase, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

It's too early to tell whether robot servers will translate into cost savings, but a few operators are embracing their automated employees.

The casual chain raised its prices 1.5% in early April to offset rising wages and increased staffing.

Chains have had an easier time adjusting, while full-service independents, particularly in low-income areas, suffer the biggest wallop.

A survey of employers and employees also shows widespread elimination of jobs and cutbacks in hours.

Newly formed association health plans were struck down in a lawsuit filed by 11 states, but the National Restaurant Association’s established plan was unaffected.

Salaried restaurant employees earning less than that amount would be entitled to time-and-a-half pay for hours exceeding 40 per week.

The call for two weeks of paid time off for virtually all hourly restaurant employees is drawing a spotlight.

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