“Hot labor summer”: Why so many workers are walking off the job

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Tue, Aug. 08, 2023


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Summer of Strikes: Why So Many Workers Are Walking off the Job

The labor disputes and slowdowns that increased during the pandemic have shown no signs of stopping. They have continued this summer in multiple industries, with tens of thousands of American workers either walking off the job or threatening to do so.

Employers should keep in mind that workers who are aiming to unionize have legal rights, as do their employers. It’s a good idea to review the steps you need to take to be sure your approach to worker movements is supported by law. The CRA is here to help members with this. Review our Industry Insight here. Remember to log in to our website to access this member-only content.

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Fourth Circuit Panel Questions Validity of Court’s Burden of Proof for FLSA Overtime Exemptions

As the CRA’s legal partner Jackson Lewis writes, the burden of proof for FLSA overtime exemptions may be something that the U.S. Supreme Court will have to weigh in on. For now, the employer must prove the applicability of an exemption from overtime under the FLSA with “clear and convincing” evidence.

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Santa Clarita files lawsuit against illegal street taco vendor

City officials allege 74 instances of a street cart vendor operating with “dangerous food safety conditions” and have issued dozens of citations and thousands of dollars in fines to the mobile vendor. It is the latest development in a strained relationship between the city and street food vendors.

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A Safety Net for Food and Beverage Workers

Car accidents happen. Cancer happens. Natural disasters happen. And when they do, Restaurants Care is there to provide stability and hope to food and beverage workers affected. Refer someone in need here.

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National Restaurant Association secures Senate commitment to vote to lower swipe fees

Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) has shared with our partners at the National Restaurant Association that the Senate will vote on the Credit Card Competition Act before the end of the year. This is thanks to those of you who got involved and contacted your senators. In the coming weeks, we will share more ways you can get involved.

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Quick-service chains add more and more automation

AI-powered technology with customized settings, the ability to remember customer preferences and ease the overall experience of ordering food – not to mention, preparing it – has taken hold in more and more national chains.

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The San Francisco Wine School presents How to Build A Successful Beverage Program

Aug. 21 ● 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Online ● Cost: $45.00

Learn how to build a successful beverage program from scratch or revamp one that’s struggling! CRA members save 10%

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Learn more about CRA's Restaurant Employee Development Training.


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True or false: What to know when it comes to sun protection

Partner Article: United Healthcare
With warmer weather officially here, you may be rushing outside to enjoy the sunshine. To help set the record straight on some common sun protection myths, Dr. Jennifer Malin, chief medical officer at Optum, is here with the facts.

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Minimum wage in 2024 + web accessibility for all

The minimum wage will rise in 2024 to $16 per hour. In this week’s News You Need to Know, Sabrina tells us how state officials determined that amount. Also, the CRA is working with lawmakers on a bill that would clarify how you can make your website accessible to users with disabilities. Without state law around these standardized guidelines, this process is rife with legal pitfalls.

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Hilton Foundation / Mobley Cafe

Denny’s Restaurant #6227

L & C Cook Specialty Foods, Inc. dba Truckee Sourdough Company

Laxmi Hospitality, LLC

Wahlrongo, Inc. dba Wahlburgers

Blue Plate Oysterette

Bobby Salazar’s – Clovis

Comfort Inn & Suites

Sunset West Hotel – SureStay by Best Western Hotel

Dibble Creek Outpost

The Mental Bar, LLC

PAR3 SM, LLC dba PAR 3 at Poplar Creek

Hamptons Newport Beach dba Shorebird

John O’Groats

Nash & Proper
Nash & Proper – Ghost Kitchen

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay

Teleferic Barcelona – Palo Alto

Angelini Osteria

Blue Plate Taco

C & C Restaurant Group, Inc. dba Citrus City Grille

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc.

Marine Room

Jack’s Monterey

Royal Khyber Enterprise dba Royal Khyber Fine Indian Cusine

The Shores Restaurant

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Sacramento: ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification (IN-PERSON)

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LA Restaurants Leadership Roundtable

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AUG 29

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

San Diego Chapter: Board of Directors Installation & Appreciation Dinner 2023

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San Diego: ServSafe® Food Protection Manager IN-PERSON Training & Proctored Exam

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