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Current and Upcoming Legislation Affecting the Restaurant Industry

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is a great resource for important and late breaking restaurant industry news.  Recently, they’ve pointed out a few new and current pieces of legislation we wanted to be sure you saw.  Additional to reading these updates, be sure to bookmark them for important information and resources.

National Labor Relations Board Poster

Starting Jan. 31, 2012, per the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), all employers must post the National Labor Relations Act poster, which outlines employee’s rights to organize and bargain collectively.  The poster is 11”x17” and originally had a mandatory post date of November 14; however, it’s been pushed back as the NLRB would like to continue to spread awareness.  Click here to download the poster, and read more about it here on the NRA website.

Swipe Fees

On Oct. 1, the Federal Reserve implemented new regulations which put a cap on debit-card swipe fees for merchants.

The NRA said fees had been around 44 cents per transaction and now it is capped at 21 cents, plus 0.05 percent of the transaction amount. They estimate the new cap will positively affect the restaurant industry as companies will no longer be able to increase rates at any point in time.  Read more about the new debit card swipe fee policy here.

Credit/Debit Card Receipts

Earlier in October, NRA posted an article reminding restaurants of The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003.  It states businesses cannot show expiration dates and more than the last five digits of a credit card number on receipts. Read more from the NRA here.

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Central’s Week in Brief: September 23

Every Friday Central brings you stories from the week that you might have missed, but that are definitely worth a look. We’ll feature food news covering everything from the weird to the wonderful in the world of restaurants, schools, the military and more. It’s our way to help you go into the weekend with a little extra knowledge and maybe even a project or recipe to try out!

1.) Don’t forget Share our Strength’s Dine Out No Kid Hungry is going on right now! This week long national event aims to end child hunger in America. Saturday September 24 is your last chance to participate.  Visit their website to find a participating restaurant in  your area.  And if you work for a participating restaurant, we would love to hear from you on how it’s going! Please comment below!

Image from Dine Out website

 

2.) Have you seen the new Heinz ketchup packet? According to this Time article, the company took three years to come up with this new design which allows customers the choice to tear off and squeeze or open and dip. Chick-fil-A has already debuted this new packet and other restaurants will be rolling them out soon.

 

3.) If you weren’t aware of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s announcement back in late August, we wanted to remind you that come November 14, practically all private-sector employers will have to post this notice at the workplace, which advises employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. Read more about this on the NLRB website or download the poster. 

 

4.) Chartwells Dining Services and frozen yogurt brand Pinkberry sent out a news release (see here from the Sacramento Bee) stating they have partnered together on three college campuses: Radford University, Bowling Green State University and Valdosta State University.  This partnership will allow students to choose from Pinkberry’s large and healthy frozen yogurt selection, which fits right into Chartwells’ Eat.Live.Learn philosophy.

 

5.) Today is the first day of Fall! This means restaurants will begin to roll out their new products and LTOs (limited time offers).  Cinnabon has the Carmel Mocha Chillatta, Starbucks brought back the popular Pumpkin Spice Latte and Burger King recently announced the latest addition to their dessert menu–soft serve ice creamHappy Fall everyone!