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The Daily Prep List: 03.25.21

Opinion: Wage theft often targets low-income workers. Here’s how police can fight it.

The Washington Post 3/24

A 2017 study by the Economic Policy Institute estimated that 2.4 million workers in the 10 most populous states lose $8 billion annually to minimum-wage violations. About a decade ago, the UCLA Labor Center interviewed nearly 2,000 workers here in Los Angeles County, including “interviews with unauthorized immigrants and other vulnerable workers who are often missed in standard surveys,” and estimated that employers in the county ripped off employees to the tune of more than $26 million weekly.

Leaving a tip is an American custom. Why that’s a problem

CNBC 3/23

Tipping is a quintessential American custom. In the U.S., consumers tip for services ranging from baggage handlers at the airport to housekeepers at hotels. But according to some analysts, tipping has created an environment where restaurant servers are subjected to sexual harassment and low pay. The pandemic has only exacerbated those problems.

Food Industry Policy

10 California counties move to looser COVID-19 reopening tiers. Many could move next week

The Sacramento Bee 3/23

The red tier allows indoor business operations including restaurant dining, gyms and movie theaters to reopen at limited capacity. The orange tier expands capacity for those sectors while also allowing a few types of indoor entertainment businesses, such as bowling alleys, to open. The yellow tier loosens capacity requirements even more.

Answering questions about the American Rescue Plan and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Restaurant Hospitality 3/23

Two attorneys break down important details of economic relief plan and the industry bail out that targets small restaurants hit hardest by COVID-19.

On the Side

South Bay Restaurant Aims To Be ‘Safe Space’ For Asian-Americans

Patch – Cupertino 3/23

After hate crime surge, Thai eatery Rooster & Rice also is donating $2 from every meal sold to non-profit battling anti-Asian racism.

How Small Restaurants Leveraged Their Pain to Win Stimulus Money

The New York Times 3/23

The Independent Restaurant Coalition turned tears into cheers, urging owners to share their angst and use that emotion to lobby Congress.

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