‘I have enough money for food, not for rent’: how restaurant industry workers are navigating the pandemic
The National Restaurant Association estimates that compared to pre-pandemic levels, restaurant employment is down close to 2.5 million jobs and that the industry lost $240 billion in sales in 2020. And while the full impact of the pandemic is still playing out, it appears that hundreds of thousands of restaurant businesses have permanently closed.
New and Expanding “Fair Workweek” Laws Likely to Increase Costs for Employers Looking to Address Last-Minute Changes in Staffing Needs
JD Supra 2/9
Fair workweek laws, also known as predictive scheduling laws, generally require that employers in covered industries provide employees in advance with their schedules and good faith estimates of anticipated work hours per week. Often these laws also require additional compensation to covered employees for last minute schedule changes, with the amount of such compensation depending on how advanced the notice is and whether the change increased or reduced hours.
Food Industry Policy
How President Biden’s executive order will help the government pay restaurants to feed Americans in need
Nation’s Restaurant News 2/9
Biden made the bipartisan FEED Act a reality by signing an executive order to increase FEMA’s federal cost share and help restaurants partner with nonprofits.
FSR Magazine 2/9
In 2020, Americans ordered takeout from their favorite restaurants more than ever before—with many restaurants offering delivery and takeout for the first time. Online ordering became a survival tactic as indoor dining rooms closed across the country, and restaurants were forced to embrace every channel for off-premises dining in order to stay afloat.
On the Side
QSR Magazine 2/9
This Valentine’s Day, DoorDash and Shake Shack, in collaboration with Boyz II Men, are bringing old-school romance to your door with limited-edition items and surprises, all leading up to an intimate performance from Boyz II Men.
Eater SF 2/9
San Francisco officials announced on Tuesday, February 9, that the city is expected to enter the next stage in California’s vaccination plan by February 24, which means that workers at the city’s restaurants will be eligible to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine within two weeks.