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Michigan court freezes minimum wage, preserves tip credit

In a win for restaurants, the state Court of Appeals essentially ensured that the status quo will persist after Feb. 19.

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The fight is on as California's fast food law goes before the voters

The Fast Act is now officially on hold until a 2024 referendum is held. But the war is on to capture the public's sympathies. And in the middle of it is McDonald's U.S. president.

A labor advocacy group said the House of Representatives' minority leader will give the campaign contributions he's received from the association to charity.

The National Restaurant Association has been sued for using the proceeds to fund its lobbying. The plaintiffs want the practice stopped and reimbursement of the $15 that any employee paid for the course.

Gov. Murphy said he'll work with stakeholders to reduce the price and availability of the permits, which can cost upwards of $1 million.

Restaurant advocates have already filed a lawsuit to block the highly unusual move, which the action asserts is a clear violation of the state constitution.

The business has two years to muster public support in California for recalling the law. There and elsewhere, the plan calls for explaining how the measure will drain consumers' wallets.

But the assistance, capped at $25,000, would be available only to small operations.

The National Restaurant Association cites an avoidance of the walkout as its top legislative priority for the remainder of 2022.

Working Lunch: The industry proved it won't win on key ballot issues if it doesn't put up a fight.

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