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Not Attending MRA Legislative Day? Please Reconsider
15 Jan
2015
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Not Attending MRA Legislative Day? Please Reconsider »

NEW DATE: March 31st MRA members from across the state will be in Jefferson City on Tuesday, March 31st for the association’s Annual Legislative Day. Although MRA maintains a presence at the Capitol on each day the Missouri legislature is in session, this is the day where we join in force in the largest numbers to speak to our state senators and representatives about matters of particular importance to Missouri restaurants and other small businesses.

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Legislative Call to Action
14 Jan
2015
Written by MRA

Legislative Call to Action »

The U.S. House of Representatives voted January 8 to increase the number of hours an employee must work before an employer must offer health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The legislation passed by the House changes the definition of full-time work from 30 hours to 40 hours per week. This is consistent with the historical definition of full-time employment. Twelve Democrats joined all 240 voting Republicans in voting for the bill, which passed by a vote of 252 – 172.

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NLRB ISSUES DECISION ON “JOINT EMPLOYER” DEFINITION
21 Dec
2014
Written by MRA

NLRB ISSUES DECISION ON “JOINT EMPLOYER” DEFINITION »

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that it will consider McDonalds USA, LLC, as a “joint employer” in a number of unfair labor practice cases filed against individual franchisees. The decision marks an abrupt change to the NLRB’s treatment of franchisees, which historically have been considered independent business owners with sole oversight of the business decisions in their restaurants.

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Affordable Care Act: What’s next?
18 Dec
2014
Written by MRA

Affordable Care Act: What’s next? »

Make no mistake about it. No matter what size your restaurant may be, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 will impact the way you run your business during 2015 and beyond. How the health-care law affects your restaurant depends, in great part, on whether it is classified as a small or large business. Small or large, however, one thing that holds true for all employers is that they must inform all employees about how they can access the health-care exchange.

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IRS’s new standard business mileage rates to rise in 2015
16 Dec
2014
Written by MRA

IRS’s new standard business mileage rates to rise in 2015 »

The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile, including depreciation, insurance, repairs, tires, maintenance, gas and oil. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs, such as gas and oil. The charitable rate is set by law.

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Sales Tax on Meals Provided to Managers and Employees
16 Dec
2014
Written by MRA

Sales Tax on Meals Provided to Managers and Employees »

The Missouri Department of Revenue, during recent field audits, has raised a sales tax issue about which MRA would like to make you aware as it is specific to the restaurant industry. As you know, restaurants do not pay sales tax on food and beverage purchased for resale. The sales tax attaches when a taxable transaction occurs, and further, on a basic tenet of Missouri law, it is assessed at the point of greatest value. In the vast majority of cases, this taxable transaction is a sale to a customer at menu price.

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Department of Revenue Audits Target Restaurants
16 Dec
2014
Written by MRA

Department of Revenue Audits Target Restaurants »

In a major shift of position, Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) has apparently decided the employer, not the employee, shall be responsible for the employee’s state income tax on under-reported cash tip income. The negative consequences for restaurants are significant.

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More menu labeling details emerge
10 Dec
2014
Written by MRA

More menu labeling details emerge »

By December 2015, all restaurant chains with 20 or more units will be required to post calorie counts for standard menu items on menus and menu boards, as well as offer more detailed nutrition information on request in restaurants. The rules are expected to affect about 1,600 chains that include nearly 300,000 restaurant locations.

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Congress poised to pass one-year extension of expired tax provisions
9 Dec
2014
Written by MRA

Congress poised to pass one-year extension of expired tax provisions »

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed on December 3rd a bill that would extend, retroactively for one year (generally through December 31, 2014), a number of tax relief provisions that had expired at the end of calendar year 2013. The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 5771) or TIPA, which passed the House with a vote of 378 - 46, would prevent tax increases on millions of families and businesses during the 2014 filing season that begins January 2015.

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What will a Republican-led Congress mean for restaurants?
13 Nov
2014
Written by MRA

What will a Republican-led Congress mean for restaurants? »

The restaurant industry has never had a better chance of tempering the impact of the Affordable Care Act than it will when the Congress reshaped by this week’s election takes office next year.

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