Consumer Trends

To bolster local restaurants, a San Francisco measure looks to ban new workplace cafeterias

Critics say the measure would still have a negative effect on area jobs.


NYC tries new form of paid leave

The law mandates leave time for victims of certain crimes as well as their family members and close associates.

Bills looking to snuff out cigarette use—and pre-empt a patchwork of local regulations on smoking—have failed to fly in the past four legislative sessions. The state restaurant association favors a statewide ban.

The state Department of Revenue is conducting more than 1,000 audits comparing cash tips reported by restaurants to tips tracked through credit cards; so far restaurants have been fined more than $40,000.

Here’s a sampling of the restaurant-relevant laws and regulations that went into effect with the New Year.

A proposal in Berkeley, Calif., to levy a penny-an-ounce tax on sugared sodas is seen as a test of the public’s willingness to fight obesity with price manipulations. Now former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has reportedly thrown his weight and considerable financial resources behind passing the ballot measure.

Seattle joins the growing ranks of cities to levy taxes on sugary drinks.

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.

Chain restaurants will have a year to post calorie counts for food and some alcoholic beverages. They’ll also be required to provide far more information in print form, and to let customers know that 2,000 calories is a daily benchmark.

The rules and regulations to keep an eye out for in your area.

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