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Radisson Blu Opens First Hotel In Latin America

Hotel Interactive - Tue, 2016-02-02 06:28
MINNEAPOLIS—Radisson Blu, one of the world’s leading brands with more than 280 hotels in operation in 62 countries, today announced the ...

Burger King's Newest Milkshake Flavor Is... Interesting

Topix - Tue, 2016-02-02 06:10

Just when we thought weird fast food creations couldn't get any weirder , Burger King proved us wrong with a Dr Pepper milkshake. The chain debuted the new milkshake flavor last week; a press release says the ice cream blend is "hand spun with the one of a kind flavor of Dr Pepper."

Categories: Today's Food News

Partnership Adds Corvirtus Hiring Assessments to Compeat’s OnBoard™...

PR Web - Tue, 2016-02-02 04:30

Corvirtus’ Mobile Responsive Pre-Employment Assessments Available for Restaurants Using Compeat Workforce Solutions

(PRWeb January 26, 2016)

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Hotel Asset Value Enhancement (hotelAVE) Introduces New Service

PR Web - Tue, 2016-02-02 04:30

hotelAVE Launches Post Script Hospitality to Provide Unprecedented Access to Hotel Value Enhancement Opportunities

(PRWeb January 25, 2016)

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Smash Global Goes Hollywood to Unite Professional Mixed Martial Arts...

PR Web - Tue, 2016-02-02 04:30

Legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach to be honored during Smash Global III, the third black-tie mixed martial arts (MMA) gala hosted by luxury entertainment brand Smash Global.

(PRWeb January 25, 2016)

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MyWay Mobile Storage of Pittsburgh Takes Part in 10 Annual Realtors...

PR Web - Tue, 2016-02-02 04:30

MyWay Mobile Storage is pleased to be a part of the 10-year anniversary celebration of the Realtors Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh’s (RAMP) Affiliate Committee. The event will be held at...

(PRWeb January 25, 2016)

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Real-Time Intelligence Will Transform the Financial Workflow in 2016

PR Web - Tue, 2016-02-02 04:30

Yooz presents top three predictions for accounts payable (AP) automation.

(PRWeb January 25, 2016)

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Rare Beer Alert: It’s almost FeBREWary at The Rail

PR Web - Tue, 2016-02-02 04:30

All three The Rail locations will feature craft beers from Cincinnati breweries that are otherwise not available in NE Ohio. Featured breweries include Tap & Screw Brewery, Urban Artifact,...

(PRWeb January 25, 2016)

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Eva’s Village Welcomes Machinery Services Corp. As a Corporate Sponsor...

PR Web - Tue, 2016-02-02 04:30

Corporate donors help feed the hungry as part of the Fund-A-Meal program at Eva’s Village, a New Jersey anti-poverty charity.

(PRWeb January 25, 2016)

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US firm in China meat scandal disputes court's verdict

Topix - Tue, 2016-02-02 02:38

A U.S. meat supplier is disputing a Chinese court's verdict that its local subsidiary sold expired chicken and beef to McDonald's, KFC and other fast food restaurants in China. OSI Group of Aurora, Illinois also said that it's considering appealing what it called an "unjust verdict" by a Shanghai court Monday to fine two of its Chinese units and sentence 10 employees to prison in the case.

Categories: Today's Food News

VW sinks to 5-year low; Audi extends streak

AutoNews - Tue, 2016-02-02 02:00
Volkswagen's U.S. sales fell 15 percent last month, the embattled brand's third-straight monthly decline, while sibling brand Audi kept up its own streak, recording its 61st straight monthly U.S. sales record.
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Ford of Europe boss outlines plan to be a consistent profit maker

AutoNews - Tue, 2016-02-02 01:01
Ford of Europe President Jim Farley wants the division to be a consistent profit contributor to its U.S. parent.
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Acura, Hyundai tease Super Bowl 50 spots

AutoNews - Tue, 2016-02-02 01:01
A telltale sign of Super Bowl season is when the first hints of game spots hit the Internet.
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Bosses Find Part-Time Workers Can Come With Full-Time Headaches

Topix - Mon, 2016-02-01 22:32

Starting in 2016, the federal health law requires small employers to offer their full-time workers health insurance. In anticipation of the change, some fast food restaurants looked to get around the law by making more workers part time.

Categories: Today's Food News

Lyft Settles its Employee Misclassification Lawsuit, but Uber’s Still Pending

Small Business Trends - Mon, 2016-02-01 18:30

Lyft, the ride-sharing company, agreed this week to pay $12.25 million to settle the Lyft employee misclassification lawsuit that was filed in 2013.

The lawsuit was filed to compel Lyft to reclassify its drivers as employees just like other on-demand companies like Shyp, Instacart and Luxe Valet have.

Lyft, which from the outset, has classified its drivers as independent contractors, was accused of exerting the kind of control over its drivers that is typically reserved for employees, such as reserving the right to deactivate drivers’ accounts at will and without warning.

Although the settlement does not meet all the demands brought to court by drivers through their lawyer, Shannon Liss-Riordan, she said it “will result in some significant changes that will benefit drivers.”

As part of the Lyft employee misclassification lawsuit settlement, Lyft agreed to change its terms of service so that its treatment of drivers complies with existing laws governing independent contractors in the State of California.

Under Lyft’s new terms of service, drivers can no longer be terminated for any reason without prior warning. Their termination has to be for a specific reason that is stipulated in the new agreement. Also, drivers must first be notified and given the opportunity to fix the problem.

Additionally, if drivers feel they have been poorly paid, they will be able to take up pay-related disputes before a neutral arbitrator at Lyft’s expense.

“We are pleased to have resolved this matter on terms that preserve the flexibility of drivers to control when, where and for how long they drive on the platform, and enable consumers to continue benefiting from safe, affordable transportation,” said Kristin Sverchek, general counsel at Lyft.

If the ride-hailing company had lost in court, it would have had to reclassify its drivers as employees, and possibly open avenues for drivers to claim back wages and expense reimbursements.

Labor experts estimate that recognizing independent contractors as employees can increase the cost of doing business by as much as 30%, which is something the companies are keen on avoiding.

The financial settlement will benefit an estimated 100,000 Lyft drivers in California.

Drivers who have driven more consistently for Lyft, 30 hours per week or more for at least 50% of the weeks they’ve been with Lyft, will receive higher payments from the settlement. Those drivers who have driven less than 50 hours will get lower payments.

The new terms of service apply to drivers nationwide, even though the lawsuit was filed in California. As of the end of last year, over 300,000 drivers were active users of the Lyft platform.

Meanwhile, Uber – the world’s biggest ride-hailing service, and Lyft’s main rival – is continuing its own fight against a similar lawsuit in San Francisco’s federal court that was also filed by Liss-Riordan.

“Uber, unlike Lyft, has made clear it wants to fight this battle for the long haul, whereas Lyft was willing to sit down with us and talk and try to figure out a way to resolve the matter,” she said.

The lawsuit against Uber that also seeks to have drivers recognized as employees of the company is scheduled to go to trial on June 20 this year.

“In the litigation we are pursuing against Uber, we hear daily complaints from drivers about how they feel Uber has mistreated them … cutting fares without their input, shortchanging them on pay they are owed, and deactivating them for no reason or no legitimate reason,” explained Liss-Riordan.

“We have not been hearing so many concerns from Lyft drivers, which leads us to believe that Lyft is treating its drivers with more respect than Uber is treating its drivers,” she said.

Uber has not responded to Liss-Riordan’s comments, but according to a survey the company released last month, a majority of its drivers reported that they liked the platform’s scheduling flexibility because it allows them to work multiple jobs.

Uber is using this narrative that drivers themselves are not looking to become official employees as a key trial defense argument.

This article, "Lyft Settles its Employee Misclassification Lawsuit, but Uber’s Still Pending" was first published on Small Business Trends

Le Pain Quotidien Founder Creates 'Botanical' Concept

QSR Magazine - Mon, 2016-02-01 18:18
Le Pain Quotidien founder creates new 'botanical-based' concept.Exclusive Brief: 0

Le Botaniste, a botanical-based, apothecary-inspired restaurant, opens today in New York City. Created by Le Pain Quotidien’s founder and COO Alain Coumont, Le Botaniste is nestled in one of LPQ’s first locations on Lexington Avenue on the Upper East Side. It is the counterpart to the Belgium-based restaurant of the same name and intends to further organic, plant-based eating in New York City.

Chains: Le Pain QuotidienLe Botaniste

Arby's Leads Industry with Same-Store Sales Growth

QSR Magazine - Mon, 2016-02-01 18:03
Image Caption: Image Credit: Arby's outpaces other quick serves three to one in same-store sales.Exclusive Brief: 0

Arby’s achieved industry-leading system U.S. same-store sales (SSS) growth of 8.1 percent in 2015—more than three times the growth rate of a sample of the larger quick-service restaurant chains.

In 2015, Arby’s produced record system-wide sales of more than $3.5 billion, and posted the highest one-year (8.1 percent), two-year (13.8 percent), and three-year (16.6 percent) SSS comps for the Arby's system in more than 20 years. Arby’s has achieved 21 consecutive quarters of SSS growth.

Chains: Arby's

Rubio's Adds Smoky Oaxacan Shrimp to the Menu

QSR Magazine - Mon, 2016-02-01 17:58
Image Caption: Image Credit: Rubio's expands sustainable menu with Smoky Oaxacan Shrimp.Exclusive Brief: 0

Rubio's Restaurants, the brand known for its uniquely delicious coastal cuisine and popularizing the fish taco, is adding to its selection of sustainable grilled seafood with the introduction of the Smoky Oaxacan Shrimp Two Taco Plate and Burrito. Created and developed by cofounder Ralph Rubio and the Rubio’s culinary team, the dishes feature bold new flavors inspired by cuisine of the Oaxacan coastal region of Mexico. The Smoky Oaxacan Shrimp Two Taco Plate and Burrito will be available for a limited time.

Chains: Rubio's

Smashburger Appoints Corner Bakery Exec as CDO

QSR Magazine - Mon, 2016-02-01 17:54
Image Caption: Image Credit: Smashburger appoints Michael Nolan as new chief development officer.Exclusive Brief: 0

Smashburger, the rapidly expanding better burger restaurant known for its fresh, smashed-to-order burgers, announced that Michael J. Nolan, who was previously overseeing franchising and development at Corner Bakery, has been appointed to the position of executive vice president–chief development officer. Nolan will oversee the company's development (real estate, construction, design, facilities), franchise sales, and IT departments effective immediately.

Chains: Smashburger

Dairy Queen Shows Singles Love with New Blizzard

QSR Magazine - Mon, 2016-02-01 17:50
Image Caption: Image Credit: Dairy Queen shows singles and couples alike love with Valentine's LTOsExclusive Brief: 0

Step aside, couples: Singles are redefining the most romantic day of the year. According to a national survey, 50 percent of singles classify themselves as “Proud Singles” on Valentine’s Day and are ready to break the “Sad Single”cliché, yet only 24 percent of all singles treat themselves to a gift on the holiday.

Chains: Dairy Queen