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Changes to New York State Unemployment Insurance

New York State just enacted a major reform of the unemployment insurance program.  The reforms include the following: Wage Base. Employers pay Unemployment Insurance contributions on each employee’s earnings up to a certain threshold called the wage base. The wage base will be adjusted on January 1 of each year with the 2014 wage base [...]

A guide to choosing commercial washroom design and bathroom partition materials.

When designing a washroom, there are several partition materials that can be used, each with its own strong point, depending on its particular application. The least expensive option is a product composed of baked enamel painted steel over a paper honeycomb core. Usually, this is the type of partition that you would find in schools, office [...]

2014 Minimum Wage Increase and Other DOL News

New York State recently enacted several changes to its wage and labor laws. Some of these changes may have a significant impact on the hospitality industry. First, New York State has increased its minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.00. This change is effective 1/1/2014. That is not all. The minimum wage is scheduled to further [...]

ATTENTION HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY: Wage and Hour Workshop on 11/21/13

It’s no secret that the Department of Labor has achieved large settlements resulting from audits of restaurants, amusement parks and catering establishments. Join three hospitality industry experts as they present a seminar on hospitality-specific topics: Review of current wage and hour regulations to help reduce exposure to expensive litigation, payroll related cost control, and how to [...]

Disease Kills Shrimp, Pushes Prices Higher. What should we expect in the near future?

Asia is fighting a new disease that has reduced shrimp output in Thailand as much as 40%, driving prices higher for the U.S.  The disease appeared in Thailand, the world’s largest shrimp exporter, late last year after ravaging stocks in China in 2009 and then in Vietnam.  With production plunging, shrimp prices will continue to [...]

Food Pricing; What to expect this week.

Attention LIDA members and fellow independent operators: This time of year we can ususally expect and predict  rising costs to items like chicken wings, however the next few weeks you can also expect there to not only be rising costs but difficulty in attaining items such as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Lemons are expected to [...]

Hot Appetizers for the Fall Season

So what is proving to be the hottest appetizer trend of 2013?  POTATOES!  That’s right, potatoes.  Here are a few “outside the fry” ideas that are bringing in the customers while increasing your profit margins. 1)  Irish Nachos – A spin on a classic favorite that takes sliced potatoes, covers them in cheese and then [...]

IRS Rule Change On Automatic Tips To Hit Restaurant and Hospitality Companies in 2014

  Beginning next year, the IRS will start classifying and treating the automatic gratuities typically added to the checks for larger parties at restaurants, catering halls, hotels, etc. as wages, subject to reporting and withholding. The original IRS ruling was made in June, 2012, but the IRS put off implementation until January 1, 2014.   [...]

Why Are Chicken Wings So Expensive? Ask McDonald’s.

When McDonald’s (MCD) introduces a new menu item, the entire food industry feels it. The company added apples to its menu and became one of the country’s largest apple buyers. It put cucumbers on its new McWrap and now expects to buy 6 million pounds of cukes this year. Now Mighty Wings are coming back. From Sept. 9 through [...]

Employers Health Care Exchange Notification Required by October 1, 2013

  Employers Health Care Exchange Notification Required by October 1, 2013 On May 8, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance on the Notice to Employees of Coverage Options regarding the Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchange). The release also announced an updated model election notice that plans must provide to inform departing employees about [...]