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What Are the Restaurant Industry’s Greatest Challenges for 2013?
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Jan 30, 2013 | 13922 views | 1 1 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Author: Hans & Associates, P.C.

According to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), more than 13 million U.S. employees work in the restaurant industry. In a recent NRA news release, the economical forecast was that the restaurant industry would continue lead in sales and job growth in 2013, outpacing employment in other industries and helping to drive the U.S. economy.

The NRA expects the most pressing challenges the industry faces to be the following:

§  Food costs. With wholesale food costs on the rise and continuing to rise, restauranteurs must come up with innovative solutions to reduce inefficiency and increase productivity so they can keep menu prices down.

§  Economy. A slow economy has kept many people who would like to dine out from doing so. Research shows that two out of five consumers would use restaurants more in a better economy.

§  Healthcare reform. Restaurants are struggling to figure out how to afford the new impending healthcare reform. Typically, one-third of a restaurant's income goes to food and one-third to labor costs, which makes pre-tax profit margins around three to five percent.

The NRA projects that by 2023 the restaurant industry will add 1.3 million new positions and grow at a 2.4 percent rate, which is significantly higher than the projected overall employment growth rate of 1.5 percent.

Individually, restaurant owners face their own challenges of complying with employment law regulations such as wage an hour laws. New York employment defense lawyers at Hans & Associates help business owners deal with employment and other legal issues to keep their businesses operating and viable.

 

 
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godfather
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February 01, 2013
The challenges for 2013 is simple. They are the Number Challenges each year for decades. No mater what Restaurant, it is always been a factor that customers should be aware of.

1) NO SOAP OR HAND TOWELS IN THE BATHROOMS?

2) THE OVERALL APPEARANCE OF THE EMPLOYEE SERVING YOU FOOD?

3) MOST IMPORTANTLY NOT ONLY THE LOOKS OF APPEARANCE OF THE KITCHEN HELP/COOKS,ETC. BUT THERE HABITS OF BEING CLEAN IS NOT STRESSED ENOUGH BY OWNERS/MANAGERS. THROW IN NO SOAP/ HAND TOWELS IN THE BATHROOMS AND YOU ARE ASKING FOR SOMETHING, LIKE THE FLU, FOOD POISING,ETC. ( AND DO THEY REALLY WASH THE LETTUCE AND OTHER VEGETABLES FOR SALDS?

PERSONAL NOTE: MY OPINION, HOWEVER IT SHOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY WITHOUT A DOUBT IN YOUR MIND.

SALAD BARS/ OPEN FOOD AREA BARS/DESERTS BARS-WHERE ANYONE COULD SNEEZE MOMENTS BEFORE YOU TAKE A DISHFUL OF WHATEVER. ESPECIALLY DURING FLU SEASON.

AND THE WORST OFFENDER OF ALL ARE YOUR LOCAL CHINESE TAKE OUT PLACES. OH GOD, WHAT I HAVE WITNESSED PERSONALLY IS ENOUGH TO NEVER ORDER TAKE OUT FOOD AGAIN. (PREPARING CHICKEN DISHES IN ROUND WAKS, THEN THEY RINSE IT WITH WATER WHEN THEY ARE DONE, *NOT USING SOAP?

Why the EEOC Handled More Claims in 2011 than in Any Year in Its History
by cjleclaire
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Author: Hans & Associates, P.C.

“Queens NY Employment Defense Attorneys”

At the end of the September 30, 2011 fiscal year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a press release stating that it handled more employment claims in 2011 than in any other year in its 46-year history. Highlights of the statistical breakdown were:

  • A 10 percent decrease in the EEOC’s pending charge inventory, the first such reduction since 2002
  • A record set in 2011 for the highest number of discrimination claims ever received — 99,947
  • Historic high for relief delivered through administrative enforcement of more than $346 million for workplace discrimination charges
  • 5.4 million individuals benefiting through EEOC’s federal and private enforcement programs
  • 540,000 individuals directly reached through the EEOC’s public outreach and education programs
  • Historic highs reached through EEOC’s private sector mediation programs, obtaining $170 million in monetary benefits for complainants
  • Highest number of mediation resolutions ever obtained — 9,831 resolutions, a five percent increase over 2010

Inventory had built up as EEOC staffing declined by 30 percent between the fiscal years 2000 and 2008. Increases in EEOC staffing resources over the past two years allowed the EEOC to obtain these new statistical records. We still wait to see an overview of the EEOC’s fiscal year 2012 statistics.

If you are a restaurant or other business owner, the increased actions on the part of the EEOC should serve as a warning to ensure employment law compliance. We understand that many business owners unwittingly violate laws in an effort to deal with a tight economy. An NYC employment defense lawyer can help you adopt sound employment practices and avoid disputes. Hans & Associates, P.C. works with small and medium-sized business owners throughout New York City to protect their business interests and fight litigation.

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Chris DeGroff
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January 17, 2013
The EEOC's FY 2012 actually showed a sharp drop in EEOC-initiated cases - down to only 122. This dramatic drop can be tied to a series of litigation setbacks in 2011-2012 for the agency and an inventory of cases that outstripped the EEOC's budget.

To read more, visit Seyfarth Shaw's blog at www.workplaceclassaction.com.

Here is a link to a post discussing the FY2012 year-end figures:

http://www.workplaceclassaction.com/eeoc-litigation/the-eeocs-fy2012-numbers-released-commission-housecleaning-sets-the-stage-for-a-focused-and-aggressi/


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