Working Lunch

Working Lunch is a podcast from Align Public Strategies devoted to explaining the so what and now what about key issues impacting the restaurant and retail industries.

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Something's gotten into government this year. Here's why you should care

Working Lunch: The past week has brought at least one long-awaited and controversial regulatory change. But that's not all that's happening.

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What can restaurants expect from government in 2024?

Working Lunch: It promises to be an historic year politically, with plenty of pandering by candidates and action on a slew of issues, from service fees to credit-card processing charges

Working Lunch: The developments are unlikely to halt the fault-finding that's erupted. But at least one could foster more respect.

Working Lunch: A newly formed alliance includes parties that are usually opposed to the industry on political matters.

Working Lunch: Shifting political alliances are likely to turn a reduction in charges into an imperative at the state level.

Working Lunch: Among the industry's concerns should be Democrats' embrace of abortion rights as their party's issue. The importance of the matter to voters could usher more anti-business progressives into office.

Working Lunch: A McDonald's in Connecticut is already charging that much for a combo featuring the signature sandwich. Might that become the threshold in the industry's largest restaurant market?

Working Lunch: The National Labor Relations Board's controversial move is likely to be challenged immediately in court. The franchise community is also likely to push for use of the Congressional Review Act. But will either effort succeed?

Working Lunch: Townsend Brown, policy analyst with Multistate, joins the podcast to discuss the law. Also, the restaurant industry may have beaten back another tip credit proposal.

Working Lunch: The podcast from public affairs firm Align Public Strategies features a discussion on Biden’s “junk fees” proposal and more on the tip credit.

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