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Workforce

Editors' Roundtable: Why restaurants are facing a labor shortage

Editors Jonathan Maze and Peter Romeo discuss the industry's current labor challenge, why restaurants are facing the issue, and how to get out of it.

Financing

McDonald’s expects to pay $15 an hour at company restaurants by 2024

The Chicago-based burger giant is giving workers a 10% raise and is boosting its starting wage to $11 to $17 an hour amid an unprecedented shortage of labor.

The operators say graveyard sales barely cover the staffing cost. It's the latest indication of a shortage of workers hurting operations.

An effort to organize a warehouse in Alabama was unsuccessful. And that could mean bad news is brewing for the foodservice business.

Operators say hiring has become their top problem again, even with nearly 2 million former restaurant workers still out of a job.

Darden Restaurants says it will reward hourly employees with $17 million in bonuses while raising its pay scale to $12 an hour.

Starting in May, restaurants that don't use a tip credit can include back-of-house workers in the pool.

Nearly half of operators say their full-service restaurant couldn’t persist in its current form if the break on servers’ pay is outlawed.

Recent events have shown articles of faith on the minimum wage, catering, virtual brands and casual dining are nothing more than fake news.

More than 80% of operators said their recovery would be hurt by the higher minimum, with cuts in hours and jobs, according to a National Restaurant Association survey.

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