Newest MRA Benefit is a Solution to the ACA’s Large Employer Mandate
August 19
Featured NewsState

The much-anticipated MRA member benefit from WH Administrators, Inc (WHA) is now available. To provide more information, MRA has scheduled seminars around the state on the following dates and locations. Each workshop will be conducted by Brendan Turner, President of WHA, who designed the program.

Request “Yes” Vote to Override Veto of HB 722
August 05
Featured NewsGovernment Affairs

Missouri Restaurant Association encourages all members to contact their state senator and representative and ask them to keep Missouri open for business and protect jobs for Missouri citizens by voting “YES” to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of House Bill 722. A two-thirds majority is required in both the Missouri House and Senate to override. The industry must work to secure those votes.

Cardinal baseball game to benefit MRA PAC
July 29
Featured News

The fun begins at 4:00 PM with a rooftop happy hour just two blocks from Busch Stadium at Joe Buck's Downtown restaurant. Complimentary food and beverages will be provided. As game time approaches, we will head to the stadium to enjoy the game in the air-conditioned Anheuser-Busch suite with more food and beverages. This suite contains the best seats in the house.

KC City Council passes local minimum wage ordinance
July 22
Featured News

On July 16, the KC City Council approved a local minimum wage ordinance to raise the wage floor in the City to $8.50 effective August 8, 2015. Future increases will raise the wage to $13 by the beginning of 2021. The mandated changes in Kansas City’s minimum wage are indicated in the table below.

Young American Disconnection: Restaurants a Solution
July 13
Featured News

A study conducted by Measure of America, a project of the Social Service Research Council (SSRC), found that nearly six million young Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 are "disconnected" - neither working nor in school. The result is that one in seven adolescents and young adults are isolated from the very people and institutions they need to become productive members of society. As disconnection rises in America, so do the costs to society.

Newest MRA Benefit is a Solution to the ACA’s Large Employer Mandate
August 19
Featured NewsState

The much-anticipated MRA member benefit from WH Administrators, Inc (WHA) is now available. To provide more information, MRA has scheduled seminars around the state on the following dates and locations. Each workshop will be conducted by Brendan Turner, President of WHA, who designed the program.

$15 minimum wage would cost city thousands of jobs
June 22
Government AffairsGreater St. LouisState

As St. Louis lawmakers debate whether to make the city the third major city to implement a $15 minimum wage, a new study projects that the extreme increase would cause thousands to lose their jobs. Trinity University economist David Macpherson used U.S. Census Bureau data to estimate that an increase to $15—nearly double Missouri’s $7.65 state minimum wage—would come at the expense of approximately 3,100 jobs.

Casual-dining traffic falls 2.3% in May
June 16
INDUSTRY NEWSState

Quick-service same-store sales increased 3.6 percent, a 20-basis-point improvement from April, while casual-dining same-store sales rose 1.1 percent, a 170-basis-point decline from April and the weakest figure for that segment since July 2014.

Minimum-wage brings robot-powered restaurants
August 17
National News

“Because the industry remains overall an industry of hospitality, their challenge remains how to remain high-touch in a high-tech environment,” said Hudson Riehle, the National Restaurant Association’s senior vice president for research and knowledge. If they’re not careful, restaurants could jettison the one thing that kept people coming through the doors.

Restaurants need clarity on telephone communications regulations
August 13
National News

Earlier in 2015, the National Restaurant Association joined with the US Chamber and other groups calling for the FCC to provide clarity on how the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) treats the kind of non-telemarketing communications that restaurants and other businesses use to provide information to customers.

Restaurateurs struggling with wage hike mandates
August 03
National NewsUncategorized

From New York to Los Angeles, Chicago to Washington D.C., restaurant owners are grappling with how to manage new minimum-wage increases that greatly exceed the federal level of $7.25 an hour. Already operating on slim margins, operators are raising prices, considering layoffs or limiting employee hours and using technology to lower labor costs to keep their businesses going.

Stopping restaurant theft: Advice from law enforcement
June 08
Chapter NewsINDUSTRY NEWS

Craig Whitfield draws on a decade of experience investigating internal theft at restaurants in his book, "Guess Who's Eating Your Profits: The Manager's Essential Guide to Restaurant and Bar Loss Prevention and Investigations." The book serves as a guide to restaurateurs, offering advice about how to identify, investigate and prosecute employees who might be stealing from their business.

Ordinance would increase KC minimum wage
May 27
Chapter NewsFeatured NewsGovernment AffairsGreater Kansas City

In late March, a member of the Kansas City, Missouri City Council proposed an ordinance that would have increased the City's minimum wage to $10 per hour effective September 1, 2015. The ordinance also proposed four annual increases of $1.25 each beginning September 1, 2017 until the KC minimum wage reached $15 on September 1, 2020.

Rally to Jefferson City on April 30 to prevent a $15 minimum wage
April 28
Chapter NewsFeatured News

An ordinance proposed by a City of Kansas City councilman would raise that city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. If the Kansas City ordinance passes, other Missouri cities will follow with similar wage increases.

ACA Employer Mandate Explained
August 26
Government AffairsINDUSTRY NEWSUncategorized

The Affordable Care Act's employer mandate is here - and it's not too late for covered businesses to comply and avoid monthly accrued penalties. Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the ACA imposed a mandate that requires certain businesses to either provide medical coverage or face possible penalties.

Businesses brace for game-changing labor decision
August 17
Government Affairs

Business leaders are bracing for a labor ruling that they warn would redefine what constitutes an “employer” in the United States, exposing thousands of companies to new liabilities and potentially upending entire industries.

Request “Yes” Vote to Override Veto of HB 722
August 05
Featured NewsGovernment Affairs

Missouri Restaurant Association encourages all members to contact their state senator and representative and ask them to keep Missouri open for business and protect jobs for Missouri citizens by voting “YES” to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of House Bill 722. A two-thirds majority is required in both the Missouri House and Senate to override. The industry must work to secure those votes.

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