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New rules simplify remodeling deductions
8 Dec
2015
Written by MRA

New rules simplify remodeling deductions »

After years of discussions with the National Restaurant Association, restaurant companies and retailers, the IRS last month issued IRS Revenue Procedure 2015-56. The procedure provides a safe harbor method of accounting for costs incurred by qualified restaurateurs and retailers during their business’ remodels, repairs and refresh projects.

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Q&A on the International Agency for Research on Cancer: red and processed meats
27 Oct
2015
Written by MRA

Q&A on the International Agency for Research on Cancer: red and processed meats »

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, based in Lyon, France, is part of the World Health Organization. Its major role is to identify possible causes of cancer. The IARC classifies carcinogens through its Monograph program, which convenes panels of scientists to examine scientific evidence and conduct hazard assessments.

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Taking a bite out of food waste
14 Oct
2015
Written by MRA

Taking a bite out of food waste »

Finding ways to educate the food industry and its customers on food waste in America was the order of the day at an Oct. 6 meeting in Washington, D.C. The meeting, hosted by theFood Waste Reduction Alliance, brought together representatives from food companies, sustainability groups, and government agencies to talk about the problem of food waste and how to work together to solve it.

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EMV: Myths and Facts
5 Oct
2015
Written by MRA

EMV: Myths and Facts »

The switch to EMV kicked in officially on Oct. 1, restaurants and other merchants that have not installed readers to accept new chip, or EMV, cards will be liable for chargebacks by their card companies if a purchase is made using a counterfeit debit or credit card. The EMV transition can be confusing for both merchants and guests. As your restaurant decides whether and when to transition to an EMV-enabled system, here are some myths and facts to consider.

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Hispanics find opportunities in restaurants
5 Oct
2015
Written by MRA

Hispanics find opportunities in restaurants »

The statistics on Hispanic restaurant ownership are particularly exciting. Hispanic ownership of restaurants is far outpaced our overall industry, which provides more opportunity for ownership than just about any other industry. From 1997 to 2007, U.S. Census Bureau data reveals that the number of Hispanic-owned restaurants increased by 80 percent in comparison to 36 percent for all restaurants.

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5 tips to ensure safe food deliveries
2 Sep
2015
Written by MRA

5 tips to ensure safe food deliveries »

This week focuses on temperature controls when receiving food at your restaurant. First and foremost, make sure you and your employees know the safe temperatures of all items delivered. Here are five basic rules to follow

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NLRB’s Actions Upend the Joint-Employer Standard
2 Sep
2015
Written by MRA

NLRB’s Actions Upend the Joint-Employer Standard »

"While we continue to review the NLRB's ruling, it appears that once again the Board is stacking the deck against small businesses," said Angelo Amador, Senior Vice President of Labor and Workforce Policy and Regulatory Counsel, National Restaurant Association.

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Minimum-wage brings robot-powered restaurants
17 Aug
2015
Written by MRA

Minimum-wage brings robot-powered restaurants »

“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.

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Restaurants need clarity on telephone communications regulations
13 Aug
2015
Written by MRA

Restaurants need clarity on telephone communications regulations »

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.

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Restaurateurs struggling with wage hike mandates
3 Aug
2015
Written by MRA

Restaurateurs struggling with wage hike mandates »

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.

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