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Court Decision Halts President Obama’s Overtime Rule Change

Pres. Obama signs Overtime Rule Change in 2014 (Photo: DOL website)

Franchise and retail communities were bracing for the Department of Labor's new overtime rule, set to go into effect December 1. After a court decision, they have now breathed a sigh of relief. A district judge in Texas approved a preliminary injunction on November 22 that halted the rule change, one that would double the current salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay for employees who work more than 40 hours a week.

Obama Releases Final Overtime Rule, Ignoring Strong Opposition

Obama signs 2014 memo directing DoL to update Overtime Rule. (WH photo)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama announced the final version of the Administration's new overtime regulations, despite tough opposition from business organizations and conservative groups who argued that many sectors with low to moderately paid managers in retail, restaurants, hotels and healthcare will be unduly affected.

Double Whammy! California and New York Enact $15 Minimum Wage

Governor Andrew Cuomo and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
NY Cuomo [D] & Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton [D] cheer wage law.
(photo/NY Governor's office on Flickr)

ALBANY, NY & SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California's governor Jerry Brown and New York's governor Andrew Cuomo competed Monday on which state would be first to gradually raise minimum wage for all workers to $15.

NRA Says IRS Proposal Would Force Exorbitant Costs on Restaurants

(Washington D.C.) The National Restaurant Association released the following statement last week Thursday regarding the House’s introduction of the Commonsense Reporting and Verification Act of 2015, which affects Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) reporting requirements:

Restaurants to Kick in Half-Million Summer Jobs but Hirings Dip

Cleaning windows at a McDonald's. Photo by Don Sniegowski
Cleaning windows at a McDonald's. Photo by Don Sniegowski

WASHINGTON – Restaurants are expected to add 522,000 U.S. jobs this summer. The projected 2015 gain would represent the third consecutive year in which restaurants add at least 500,000 jobs during the summer season, according to the National Restaurant Association, a major lobbying group for America's restaurateurs.

NRA Executive Named Top Lobbyist by The Hill

Scott DeFife, Executive Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs for the National Restaurant Association, was named a top lobbyist by The Hill, a daily newspaper widely respected for its coverage of Capitol Hill and for its readership of high level administrative and legislative government insiders.

Putting Together a Mobile Restaurant Campaign

With just about everyone and their grandfather glued to their smartphones, restaurant owners have to sharpen their mobile marketing campaign skills to increase business, keep up with the competition and stay abreast of the times.

McDonald’s Lawsuit is Part of a Major Strategy. Where Will it End?

This article from New York Newsday sheds light on reports regarding lawsuits and protests against McDonald’s franchisees, corporate operated locations and McDonald's corporation.

Labor: Small Businesses Say E-Verify Cuts Out Illegals, Makes Filling Jobs Harder

Restaurateurs are increasingly using the federal government's free online E-Verify system to screen out illegal immigrant job applicants through a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services database.

Will Sequester Cuts Affect Your Industry?

WASHINGTON — On Sunday's television news interviews, Republican leaders said that they would not relent on the sequestration of across the board automatic cuts that kicked in on March 1 as Congress remained deadlocked on budget cut decisions.