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MRA chapters co-sponsor NAACP events in Jefferson City
22 Feb
2017
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MRA chapters co-sponsor NAACP events in Jefferson City »

The Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association and the Greater St. Louis Restaurant Association, supported by the Kitchen Cabinet programs in those areas, co-sponsored the NAACP’s 2017 Legislative Day at the Capitol and the celebration of African American History Month. The event was held February 17 in Jefferson City. Governor Eric Greitens gave the keynote address.

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IRS extends ACA reporting deadline
15 Feb
2017
Written by MRA

IRS extends ACA reporting deadline »

The Internal Revenue Service extended the deadline for some information reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act, but it's still right around the corner!

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New I-9 form is set for January
6 Dec
2016
Written by MRA

New I-9 form is set for January »

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, published its new version of the form Nov. 14. Beginning Jan. 22, 2017, all U.S. employers must start using it.

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DOL’s Final Rule on overtime pay for salaried employees
20 Oct
2016
Written by MRA

DOL’s Final Rule on overtime pay for salaried employees »

In a Final Rule handed down on May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (Department or DOL) revised FLSA regulations defining the exemption from overtime pay for executive, administrative, and professional employees. These exceptions are commonly known as the “EAP” or “white collar” exemptions. To be exempt from overtime pay...

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Have you received a no-match letter from the IRS?
13 Oct
2016
Written by MRA

Have you received a no-match letter from the IRS? »

Many restaurants are hearing that some Social Security numbers they submitted for employees and their dependents don’t match information in the IRS database. Employers filed their initial ACA-required reports with the IRS last spring, based on 2015 data.

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Congress is trying to raise your debit card fees
12 Sep
2016
Written by MRA

Congress is trying to raise your debit card fees »

We're telling Congress: “Our members fought vigorously to achieve debit swipe fee reform six years ago, and we are categorically opposed to its repeal. These critical reforms continue to bring...

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Repealing Debit Swipe-Fee Reform Would Increase Costs to Consumers
28 Jun
2016
Written by MRA

Repealing Debit Swipe-Fee Reform Would Increase Costs to Consumers »

Given the ongoing and rough transition to EMV or chip cards and the corresponding explosion in chargebacks for restaurants, removing limits on debit swipe fees is a step in the wrong direction for consumers and restaurants alike

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FDA sets voluntary sodium targets for restaurants
6 Jun
2016
Written by MRA

FDA sets voluntary sodium targets for restaurants »

The Food and Drug Administration is looking to reduce the amount of sodium Americans consume by encouraging restaurants, foodservice operators and manufacturers to meet “voluntary targets” in 150 categories of food over the next 10 years.

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DOL issues final overtime rules
18 May
2016
Written by MRA

DOL issues final overtime rules »

Two clear examples of the industry’s influence in the rule are highlighted in the sections dealing with the “long” duties test and the bonuses. On the “long” duties test, the rule states that the “Department understands the concerns of employers and their advocates that prohibiting managers from ‘pitching-in’ could negatively affect the workplace.

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Lawmakers speak out on DOL overtime increase and more
3 May
2016
Written by MRA

Lawmakers speak out on DOL overtime increase and more »

If the DOL's proposed changes to the overtime rule are finalized, the salary level dictating which employees must be paid overtime would dramatically increase. Currently, overtime pay is required under federal law for anyone earning below $23,660 a year. Under the DOL's proposal, that threshold would rise to $50,440 in 2016 and increase annually after that.

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