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    RRF refill bill fails to pass Senate in major blow to restaurant industry

    While the vote wasn't a surprise, the inability to approve S. 4008 leaves the Restaurant Revitalization Fund empty and the nearly 200,000 applicants that didn't receive grants in the dark. 

    By May 19, 2022
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    Starbucks to cover travel for employees seeking abortion, gender-affirming care

    The policy applies to workers, as well as their dependents, who need to travel more than 100 miles to access these medical procedures. 

    By May 17, 2022
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    Workforce Challenges

    The recovering restaurant labor market is still unstable, marked by growing worker demand and a small talent pool, pressuring businesses to adapt their staffing strategies. 

    By Restaurant Dive staff
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    McDonald's offloads Russian restaurants to licensee for undisclosed price

    Alexander Govor, who operated 25 units in Siberia, will run the locations under a new brand and retain McDonald's employees for at least two years.  

    By Updated May 19, 2022
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    McDonald's franchisees reportedly worried new grading system will hurt retention

    Operations PACE would mandate a further six to 10 visits by assessors and company representatives to every location, the chain's operators told CNBC.

    By , May 13, 2022
  • Chili's parent extends education benefits to employees' family members

    Brinker International's perk will allow one eligible family member of each worker who is management level or above to access tuition-free programs. 

    By May 13, 2022
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    Study: Independent restaurants show signs of recovery despite inflation

    The NPD Group found the number of independent restaurant units grew 1% by the end of 2021, compared to a 5% decline in 2020. 

    By May 12, 2022
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    Why the NLRB's Starbucks complaint may only be symbolic union win

    Starbucks denies the complaint's hundreds of union-busting allegations. If the chain is found to have violated labor law, it could be years before the board can enforce consequences.

    By May 12, 2022
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    Reef cuts 5% of workforce amid expansion

    The ghost kitchen firm says the layoffs are needed to adapt to disruptions in unspecified sectors, according to an internal memo.

    By May 9, 2022
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    Starbucks' denial of new benefits to union workers is a legal gray area, labor experts say

    Starbucks claims it can't legally extend new benefits and wage increases to organizing stores, and experts say this exclusion could discourage baristas from voting pro-union.

    By May 5, 2022
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    Noodles & Company's new employee benefits include immigration reimbursement

    The noodle chain is offering six new work perks as part of a larger new brand positioning called “Uncommon Goodness." 

    By May 4, 2022
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    Jack in the Box will test Miso beverage and fry cook robots

    Flippy 2 can increase throughput by 30%, or around 60 baskets per hour, and Sippy can fill 200 drinks per hour, reducing labor pressure.

    By April 26, 2022
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    How to optimize same-day restaurant labor costs with real-time data

    Learn how to use real-time data from your integrated POS system to make informed business decisions.

    April 18, 2022
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    Gen Z is attracted to flexible restaurant jobs. But what makes them stay?

    Positive corporate culture and authentic, charitable missions may be better means to retain these young workers than increased hourly rates amid the Great Resignation, writes Tim Weiderhoft, CEO of Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade.

    By Tim Weiderhoft • April 14, 2022
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    DOL: 7 Little Caesars franchises fined $161K for allowing teens to perform unsafe work

    Tennessee franchises allowed 15-year-olds to prepare food for baking, remove it from ovens and operate a vertical stand-up mixing machine, investigators found.

    By Laurel Kalser • April 13, 2022
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    Starbucks taps new chief strategy officer amid growing union tension

    Frank Britt will report directly to interim CEO Howard Schultz, who wrote a blog post Monday suggesting the union's goal is at odds with the company's values.

    By April 11, 2022
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    New York legalizes to-go cocktails through 2025

    Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the state's budget deal, which also establishes a reform commission designed to modernize New York's alcohol regulations, on Saturday.

    By Updated April 12, 2022
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    Chick-fil-A awards $24M in college scholarships to nearly 12,700 employees

    More than 2,200 of this year's scholarships were funded from sales of its bottled sauces, introduced in 2020 and sold at select retailers.

    By April 7, 2022
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    House passes bill that would inject $42B into Restaurant Revitalization Fund

    If H.R. 3807 passes the Senate, the 177,000 restaurants that were approved for but didn't receive RRF grants will be in a queue to receive funding, legislators said on a call hosted by the Independent Restaurant Coalition.

    By April 7, 2022
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    Long John Silver's pays $200K to settle teen's sexual harassment, retaliation claim

    After a 17-year-old worker complained of a manager sending her explicit videos and propositioning her, the company refused to investigate and ultimately fired her, EEOC alleged.

    By Laurel Kalser • April 7, 2022
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    House, Senate introduce bills adding $40B to RRF

    The House is expected to vote on a $42 billion refill bill this week, while Sen. Benjamin Cardin introduced a similar bill to add $40 billion to the RRF Tuesday.

    By Updated April 6, 2022
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    Howard Schultz suspends Starbucks share repurchase program

    The move will let the chain invest more profit into employees and stores "to create long-term value for all stakeholders," Schultz wrote on Monday. 

    By April 5, 2022
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    Foodservice added 250K jobs in first 3 months of 2022

    Employment in the sector still lags behind February 2020 levels by about 820,000 jobs, but this is the smallest gap to date between pre-pandemic and current job levels.

    By April 4, 2022
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    Yelp partners with Hazel Analytics to expand health scores on its platform

    Hazel Analytics will incorporate data from health departments across 48 U.S. states to facilitate health scores across Yelp's nearly 700,000 pages.

    By March 31, 2022
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    Sbarro adds same-day pay option for employees

    The pizza chain hopes provider DailyPay will bolster recruitment and retention efforts by helping workers avoid payday bills and overdraft fees. 

    By March 23, 2022
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    DC Attorney General sues Grubhub over hidden fees

    The complaint alleges Grubhub offered delivery from over 1,000 District restaurants without their consent, but Grubhub denies violating local laws.

    By March 22, 2022