legislation

Smoking on restaurant patios could get snuffed out

After research revealed that 75 percent of residents prefer smoke-free restaurants, the state is asking places to voluntarily clear the air outside as well as in.

Working Thanksgiving? Proposed California bill would offer double wages

Californians working through the holidays could get heftier paychecks under legislation that would mandate double pay for Thanksgiving and Christmas shifts.

Places that don’t have a liquor license would be required to obtain a permit before allowing patrons to bring their own wine or beer.

San Jose has become the first city to call for a statewide rise in the hourly pay floor. Municipalities want the state to do the heavy lifting, leaving them to seek smaller raises on a local basis.

Establishments are mounting a campaign to protect their tourism business.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he would make good on a campaign promise to expand the city’s paid sick leave law as soon as April 1.

Instead of setting a policy of no guns in stores, the bakery chain’s CEO requests that customers leave their firearms at home, citing the distraction from “Panera warmth.”

Mayor Ed Lee raised the wage by just under 3 percent to meet the law’s cost-of-living-adjustment stipulation.

Investors are analyzing how the required disclosure of calories might affect the sales of some publicly owned restaurant companies. Here are five operators that are under scrutiny.

The measure from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Labor Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander aims to “restore balance and bipartisanship,” McConnell says.

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