Restaurant industry gets new chief lobbyist

The National Restaurant Association’s top government-affairs job will be filled by Dunkin Brands’ Cicely Simpson in mid-May.


Lance Tucker named Jack in the Box CFO

The former Papa John’s CFO replaces the retiring Jerry Rebel.

Restaurant operators are gearing up for the next major phase of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act: counting employee hours. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, businesses must begin monthly accounting of employee hours to determine their status under the law and whether they will be required to provide health insurance to their full-time workers in 2015.

Lawmakers approved a bill that would impose harsher penalties for stealing a restaurant's used cooking oil, which has become a hot commodity for theives that can fetch hundreds of dollars.

Mayor de Blasio hasn’t tipped his hand about the approach, but his intent is evident. Advocates who blocked his predecessor’s attempt at a ban are included in the strategizing this time.

Tom Wolf said he’ll pattern the law after Connecticut’s, where business opposition was tempered by exemptions for smaller operations.

The President is asking Congress to pass a bill allowing Americans to earn up to seven days a year of paid sick time. The call comes at the same time Obama plans to sign a memorandum ordering that federal workers have access to paid family leave when they bring a new child home.

Proposals for a $15 minimum have been countered by suggestions of a lower wage indexed to inflation, with tax breaks to soften the impact.

Places with more alcohol than food sales would be required to buy coverage by Sept. 1.

It had been just a bad memory: Smokers raising hell in restaurants that dared to curb their vice, and the health-minded leaning hard on operators to snuff out second-hand smoke.

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