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The Daily Prep List: 08.20.21


What does Newsom’s recall election mean for AB 5, sick leave and California labor laws?

Sacramento Bee 8/20

If elected, recall candidates would quickly face a number of policy issues affecting workers, from AB 5 to unemployment insurance and workplace COVID-19 mask mandates.

McDonald’s Finds Advantage in Fast-Food Labor Battle

QSR Magazine 8/20

The restaurant industry’s labor crisis doesn’t appear to be waning. Food and drink places added 253,200 jobs in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but that still leaves roughly 1 million jobs unaccounted for compared to February 2020. 

Food Industry Policy

New York City restaurants sue the city over vaccine mandate

Nation’s Restaurant News 8/19

The city has also released guidelines to help businesses as the city transitions to mandated vaccines for restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and gyms.

Are All Those Plexiglass Barriers in Restaurants Actually Keeping Anyone Safe From COVID-19?

Eater 8/20

The latest research indicates not only are the now-ubiquitous plastic dividers ineffective at containing virus-loaded aerosols, they might disrupt airflow that would disperse the virus.

On the Side

New Report: 24 Actionable Ways to Beat the Labor Shortage

FSR Magazine 8/19

The foodservice industry is no stranger to high turnover and hiring woes, but this year, restaurants are facing a labor shortage unlike any other.

Hyphen’s Restaurant Robotics Fend Off Delivery Giants 8/19

We may not have Jetsons-style food machines or Wallace & Gromit autochefs in our kitchens just yet, but food production automation is accelerating. From salad-making robots to pizza creation automation systems to robot baristas, innovations are coming to the fore each month.

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