Miscellaneous

First off, we want to remind our subscribers that use of any Styrofoam products, such as cups, trays, bowls, plates, etc., in New York City will be subject to a fine beginning July 15, 2019 – only a few weeks away. We also noted this week that the Nations Restaurant News released their 2019 listing…

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New York State of Mind

In building a file to produce Small Regular No Sugar on a weekly basis, extreme policies proposed, considered, or enacted in New York City are regular entries for consideration – some are held until further action, others dismissed because “there’s no way they can be serious!” Well, with yesterday’s announcement that NYC Mayor Bill de…

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Maine Becomes 1st State to Ban Polysterene Foam

The state of Maine became the first state in the nation to ban the use of polysterene foam food and drink containers when Governor Janet Mills signed the restriction into law this week. LD 289, sponsored by Representative Stanley Zeigler, prohibits restaurants and other “covered establishments” from providing food or beverages in Styrofoam containers effective…

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The Minimum Wage Impact

We talk quite a bit about the minimum wage and what the impact is of mandating regular increases to the minimum. Well, a study that Harri, the workplace management software company that works closely with restaurants, released a week or so ago underscores the direct impact. Of the 173 restaurants surveyed, 71 percent planned to…

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Other State Issues to Watch

We tend to focus much of our efforts on the ‘bigger-ticket’ items that can most significantly impact our members, but we can’t lose sight of some lesser known, but equally impactful ideas as they percolate in different cities and states. A perfect example is currently being deliberated in New York City, where the City Council…

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New York Expands Anti-Discrimination To Hairstyles

In the broad category of government mandates, New York seems to be “running away with it”! This week’s addition in the Big Apple comes from the New York City Commission on Human Rights, which is updating its rules for enforcing the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). The new guidelines from the Commission specifically…

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A Night to Remember: Joy in Childhood Foundation

This past holiday season, the Dunkin’ Brands Joy in Childhood Foundation celebrated #GivingTuesday in a big way, announcing $2 million in grants to 150 nonprofit groups that bring joy to children battling hunger or illness. Earlier in November, the Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic chapter held its second annual gala at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square, featuring…

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Is Nothing Sacred? de Blasio Pushes Confiscation

Speaking of New York, let’s check on the latest from the Mayor of the Big Apple. Considering his hands-on support of socialism under the Sandinista government in Nicaragua, it shouldn’t be a surprise that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is now pushing confiscation of private property as a top priority. The second term…

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de Blasio Wants Mandatory Vacations

As if driving up the cost of business with higher minimum wages, mandatory paid sick leave and “predictability pay” under the NYC Fair Workweek law (predictive scheduling) weren’t enough, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes to go one better – mandatory vacation time! In his annual State of the City message, de Blasio…

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Enough’s Enough, Suit Filed Against NYC Scheduling Law

It’s reared its ugly head in enough places of late that the International Franchise Association (IFA) has joined forces with the National Restaurant Association and the New York Restaurant Association to sue New York City over its Fair Workweek law. The lawsuit, filed in the New York state supreme court on Monday, challenges the scheduling…

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