Labor 411 10/15
The New York restaurant owned by the celebrity chef known as ‘Salt Bae’ violated federal labor law when it fired four workers for complaining about its tip pooling policy, a National Labor Relations Board attorney said in one of four advice memos released Thursday.
Bloomberg Tax 10/15
The hourly minimum wage in Bernalillo County, N.M., is to rise by 15 cents Jan. 1, the Bernalillo County Commission said Oct. 14. The rate, which is to increase to $9.35 from $9.20, applies to employees who work in the unincorporated areas of the county, outside the city limits, the county said on its website.
Food and beverage workers at Los Angeles International Airport who were laid off due to the pandemic slapped HMSHost with a proposed class action, saying the company underpaid them and took months to fork over their final checks.
Food Industry Policy
Some statewide propositions in particular, like Proposition 22, California’s costliest ballot campaign to date at nearly $190 million dollars spent, explicitly affect the food industry. If it passes, Proposition 22 would exempt companies from classifying their labor force including delivery drivers and grocery shoppers as employees and instead leave them as contractors.
Ventura County Star 10/15
Starting in 2022, Thousand Oaks retailers will be banned from using or selling certain single-use disposable plastic products under an ordinance the City Council adopted Tuesday night. Those products include polystyrene food and drink containers and utensils.
On the Side
Sierra Sun 10/16
A new dining option is coming to Truckee in early November as restaurateur David Steele brings his concept of mountain Italian fare to the area with the opening of Great Gold restaurant.
QSR Magazine 10/15
Burger lovers, prepare to fool your tastebuds with plant-based burgers, sides and dairy-free milkshakes! On Monday, October 19, Angeleno’s can officially rejoice at the launch of Burger Lounge’s Real Food Innovation Kitchen at the Larchmont, Los Angeles restaurant, where the culinary-forward burger company will be testing an array of plant-based options to complement their original grass-fed burgers.