What Do Restaurant Operators See as Their Biggest 2017 Business Challenges

You might think that hiring and firing employees would be restaurant operators’ biggest concerns. That was true in 2015 but not according to a survey done in 2016.

When The National Restaurant Association polled restaurant operators about their concerns, the number one answer was “government.” The percentage that felt this way was 22 percent. (Toast Restaurant Management Blog )

It’s an interesting fact that laws became the greatest worry.

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What laws are restaurant operators concerned about?

Here are just a few:

The Affordable Care Act. Employers with more than 50 full-time workers must offer health benefits to full-time employees or pay penalties of up to $2,000.

Dietary Guidelines. Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health updates dietary guidelines, which requires restaurants to modify ingredients, re-do menus, change portion sizes and increase the number of healthy options. Certain restaurants now have to label the calorie and nutrition information on menus.

*** Local Caption *** Bacon burger with beef patty on red wooden table


Joint Franchisor/Franchisee Status. The franchise restaurant model is at risk through litigation that identifies small franchisees as big business. Independent operators who decide their own wages, hiring and firing policies may lose some of these decision-making capabilities based on a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) trial brought against McDonald’s.

Overtime Pay. The U.S. DOL increased the overtime threshold limit from $23,660 to $47,550, and this changed which salaried employees would be entitled to overtime pay. Now the matter is being litigated at the District Court level and may be appealed even higher for a final decision.

Seek an Experienced Legal Opinion

In today’s world, a business owner can’t do business without dealing with laws and regulations that require compliance. If you own a restaurant and have questions or concerns about legal issues, Stephen Hans & Associates provide you with answers, legal advice and representation in disputed matters.




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