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The Daily Prep List 8.23.2023


Labor unions, business groups clash over giving unemployment benefits to striking workers

Yahoo News 8/23

California lawmakers are resurrecting legislation that would allow workers on strike to collect unemployment benefits, reigniting a familiar political battle between labor unions and businesses.

Employers grappling with spike in mental health needs, cost increases for 2024

Politico 8/22

About 77 percent of large employers reported an increase in the mental health needs of their workforces, according to the Business Group on Health’s 2024 Large Employer Health Care Survey, released Tuesday. That’s a 33-percentage-point increase over last year, when 44 percent of employers saw an increase in employees’ mental health needs.

Food Industry Policy

L.A might ban cashless businesses. Here’s what’s at stake.

Los Angeles Times 8/22

A growing number of restaurants and businesses in Los Angeles have decided cash is no longer king. If you can’t pay via credit card or a digital payment app, you can’t pay at all. That’s a problem, according to City Councilmember Heather Hutt of L.A.’s 10th District. Hutt introduced a motion last week to ban cashless retail businesses in Los Angeles.

DoorDash hires Zahav’s Michael Solomonov to advocate for restaurant owners

Philly Voice 8/22

Over the next year, Solomonov will work with several teams at DoorDash to provide his perspective on potential new services while connecting with restaurant owners across the country to keep the company informed about what’s happening in the food service industry.

On the Side

Chicken Strips Might Be Coming to a Taco Bell Near You Soon

Parade 8/22

In a statement, the company said it’s testing the potential new item–Chile Crisp Chicken Chile–in select markets by adding two chicken options to the menu of one of its restaurants in Newport Beach, California.

LA’s hottest Korean chain just opened in the Bay Area. It was worth the 2-year wait.

SF Gate 8/22

The massive Korean barbecue restaurant Baekjeong is booked through September.

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