Adding Salt to the Wound

That’s exactly what a New York Supreme Court judge did this week when the court upheld the New York City requirement for restaurants to post warning labels on foods with more than the recommended daily intake of sodium.  The law, which was passed by the NYC Board of Health last September, applies only to chains…

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de Blasio To Push Mandatory Retirement Savings Next

With sodium warning labels now safely in place, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio took another page out of the “big government playbook” when he led a rally last week at which he announced a plan to mandate retirement savings for all employees of private companies with 10 or more workers where there is not…

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Department of Labor Pushes Mandatory Sick Leave

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) tipped their hand by sending one of their executives to Massachusetts to testify in support of a legislative proposal mandating sick leave for all private sector employees.  This week, they threw in for “the full Monty” with the department formally proposing a rule that will mandate paid sick…

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Vermont Passes Paid Sick Leave

When as expected, Vermont Governor Pete Shumlin signs the bill passed by the legislature last week, Vermont will become the fifth state to pick up the mantle of mandating private employers provide paid sick leave to their employees.  The legislation provides that beginning next January 1, employers in the Green Mountain state must give employees…

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GMO Labeling Back In Headlines

Speaking of Vermont, the state was the first to mandate special labeling of foodstuffs containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) back in 2014 when Governor Shumlin signed the labeling legislation into law.  Since that time, the law has been challenged by the Grocers Manufacturers Association in a lawsuit that is still pending (the court rejected the…

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Minimum Wage Hikes Alive and Well

Lest we forget, the push for increased minimum wages continues around the country with two more being enacted within the past couple of weeks.  On the west coast, Oregon became the latest state to buy into it when the Oregon House passed Senate bill 1532 and Governor Kate Brown promised to sign it into law. …

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Northeast Regional Meeting

You’ve only got a few days left to register for the Northeast Regional DDIFO meeting next Tuesday at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center.  The program will feature veteran Boston news anchor Maria Stephanos speaking on the media perspective and how it responds to small business issues.   We will also feature Kevin Scott, ServSafe®…

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CFA Day Forum

Those of you who would like to attend the 2016 CFA Day Forum March 17&18 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington DC must register for the event by the close of business today in order to ensure a scheduled visit with your own representatives in Congress.  The Hill visits take weeks to schedule and confirm…

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Mixed Results on 2015 Restaurant Health

There seemed to be both good news and bad in the ongoing foodservice market research and the just-released Fall 2015 ReCount survey by the NPD Group.  The latest of the twice-per year ReCount showed total US restaurants declined by 0.6% from a year ago, while chain restaurants increased by 1percent over the same time period. …

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Remember the McPick 2 for $2?  Well, as fast as it came on the scene, it disappeared just as quickly this week when McDonalds replaced it with the “McPick 2 for $5”, more than doubling the charge for two items off their special McPick menu.  It is now reported that the McPick 2 for $2…

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