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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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Your 1095s are due to the IRS soon
27 Apr
2016
Written by MRA

Your 1095s are due to the IRS soon »

If you employed an average of 50 or more full-time employees (including full-time-equivalent employees) in 2015, or if you offered a self-funded health insurance plan last year, deadlines are quickly approaching for you to file new forms with the IRS under the health care law: Forms 1095-B (Health Coverage) and Forms 1095–C (Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage).

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Overtime tops Public Affairs Conference agenda
19 Apr
2016
Written by MRA

Overtime tops Public Affairs Conference agenda »

Nearly 600 members attended this year’s event, which focused primarily on the Department of Labor’s proposed changes to the overtime rule, efforts by the National Labor Relations Board to redefine the joint-employer standard, tax reform, and over-regulation in general.

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Contact Your Federal Lawmakers: DOL Overtime Rules
13 Apr
2016
Written by MRA

Contact Your Federal Lawmakers: DOL Overtime Rules »

Employers should now anticipate release of the final rule by May 16 and an effective date of 60 days after that. The reason the timeline has been sped up is likely contained in a recent report from the Congressional Research Service, a branch of the Library of Congress, entitled, “Agency Final Rules Submitted After May 16, 2016, May be Subject to Disapproval in 2017 Under the Congressional Review Act.”

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Department of Labor stepping up enforcement efforts
6 Apr
2016
Written by MRA

Department of Labor stepping up enforcement efforts »

One of the industries the DOL has recently targeted for investigation is the restaurant industry. Common areas for DOL review in the restaurant industry include application of the tip credit, compliance with tip pooling regulations, payment of the minimum wage and overtime and the employment of minors.

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MRA Holds Legislative Day 2016
16 Mar
2016
Written by MRA

MRA Holds Legislative Day 2016 »

MRA members from across the state gathered in Jefferson City on March 15 for our annual MRA Legislative Day. Few restaurateurs realize the resources the Association commits to the effective representation of the industry before the state legislature. Fewer still understand the importance.

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Menu labeling delayed again
14 Mar
2016
Written by MRA

Menu labeling delayed again »

The agency issued a statement March 9 indicating federal menu-labeling requirements will not be enforced until one year after the FDA publishes its final guidance on the rule. The menu-labeling requirement was part of the health care law President Obama signed into law in 2010.

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