Looking for some of the week’s top information? Here are five stories from the foodservice industry for February 13-17.
Tip-Income Questions with Answers from NRA
From National Restaurant Association, Read Article
As we move into tax season, the National Restaurant Association wanted to be sure some of the major questions were answered. They put together an article that talks about restaurateurs filing tip-reporting data with the IRS, qualifications for a federal income tax credit on the FICA payroll taxes paid on certain employee tips and a reminder on law requirements. Read the full article on the NRA website.
Senate Approves Lower Minimum Wage Requirements for Servers, Bartenders, etc. in Florida
From Orlando Sentinel, Read Article
Florida workers who rely on tips aren’t too happy about a recent bill that passed through a Senate committee. Why? According to a recent Orlando Sentinel article, the minimum wage requirements will allow restaurants and employers to reduce the current minimum wage of $4.65 an hour to $2.13 an hour. Many workers are infuriated. The Orlando Sentinel said the bill was proposed by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “The organization argues that it’s necessary because the minimum wage, which under state law rises annually to cover inflation, is among the expenses financially crippling restaurants in Florida,” they said. Read article in full on the Orlando Sentinel website.
Valentine’s Day Specials at Chain Restaurants
From L.A. Times, Read Article
Valentine’s day was Tuesday, February 14. It’s a very popular day for couples to eat dinner out, but with the United States’ current economic situation, not everyone can afford fine dining. Fast food chains and quick service restaurants picked up the slack and provided great deals for those who didn’t want to cook their own Valentine’s Day dinner. In a recent L.A. Times article, some of the specials they mentioned were Papa Murphy’s heart-shaped pizza and Dunkin’ Donuts heart-shaped doughnuts. For more details on what restaurants were planning for, check out this L.A. Times article.
Chicago Schools Will Soon Stock EpiPens
From Education Week, Read Article
The number of food allergies is on the rise. In a recent Education Week article, they found statistics from the American Academy of Pediatrics that say approximately every one in 25 school-age children has a food allergy. To help prevent possible life-threatening allergic reactions, Illinois has passed a law and soon all Chicago Public Schools will stock approximately four to six EpiPens each. They will also train school employees on how to use them. Read the full article on the Education Week website.
Restaurants Gearing Up for Lent
From Restaurant Hospitality, Read Article
Next Tuesday, Feb. 21, is Mardi Gras–then the following day is when Lent begins. During Lent, Catholics abstain from eating meat on Fridays, so many restaurants update their menu to provide Lenten specials. In a recent Restaurant Hospitality article, they say many fast food chains have a fish sandwich, and those who don’t usually have one will add one. Then other restaurants will provide other specials during the season with seafood menu items such as tuna and shrimp.
If your restaurant hasn’t considered updating your menu for Lent, Restaurant Hospitality says, “Pick up a couple items that would work within your restaurant’s pricing structure/service scheme and you’ll have a mini-Lenten menu you can promote.” They also say this is a good way to “pump a little life into your restaurant in what can otherwise be a drab time of the year.” Read the full article on the Restaurant Hospitality website.
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