A panel of the National Labor Relations Board has sided with McDonald's and directed a federal judge to approve a settlement in a case involving 30 McDonald's franchisees and their employees. The decision strengthens the position that McDonald's is not a joint employer with its franchisees.
The fast-casual segment blossomed in the wake of the 2008 downturn as retail closures freed up real estate and novel concepts attracted diners looking for budget-friendly fare. Today, the industry is still growing, albeit more slowly, and successful concepts are finding ways to stand out from the crowd.
When the Berkeley, Calif., school district tried to switch to better-quality compostable lunch trays, they ran into pricing problems because the best ones came from China and were affected by US tariffs. The district also has launched a composting program, but students -- who are the driving force behind the push for sustainability -- say the composting and recycling bins are confusing and should be better labeled.
Tiramisu is a perennially popular dessert in New York City, where chefs showcase versions of the Italian dessert that range from classic to inventive. Bar Primi features a cocoa-heavy version made from an old family recipe, while Portale pastry chef Kaity Mitchell makes an unconventional version with a milk-chocolate mascarpone mousse and candied cocoa-nibs.
Ten of the largest wine collections around the world also welcome visitors who'd like to see them firsthand, Nicole Schnitzler writes. Moldova's 50-year-old Milestii Mici winery houses a whopping 2,000,000-bottle collection dispersed along a 34-mile gallery, which guests explore by car, while Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo in Monaco boasts 350,000 bottles.
Craft beer production was up 4% midyear in 2019 among small, independent producers, and the total number of such breweries reached about 8,000 this year, according to the Brewers Association. While about 300 breweries shuttered in 2019 amid growing competition, independent craft brewers are "finding new ways to innovate and thrive amid evolving consumer preference and a competitive and maturing beverage market," says Julia Herz, the Brewers Association's craft beer program director.
Dessert wines are often overlooked, but this is a missed opportunity because wine served with dessert can "boost the end of your meal into a grand finale," Dave McIntyre writes. Ruby-style ports pair well with chocolate desserts, tawny Madeiras complement flans and puddings and sweet white wines are the ideal companion for a cheese course, he writes.
Reluctant employees can be encouraged to grow their skills when they understand the benefits and realize they don't have to leave their current role, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. "Well-informed employees will understand the urgency behind development when they appreciate the tremendous pressures facing the organization and the implications associated with not evolving and keeping pace," she writes.
Attorneys general in the District of Columbia and 18 states are challenging a proposed regulation by the Labor Department that would end the 80/20 tip credit rule. The rule requires restaurants to pay tipped employees the full hourly minimum wage for nontipped work if it comprises 20% or more of their total shift.
Officials in an Oklahoma school district are asking the community for donations to help pay for students' meal debt. Some district leaders announced the push on social media, saying they would appreciate holiday donations that would support students' meals.
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