Rob Green of National Council of Chain Restaurants on DOL’s new federal overtime regulations

WASHINGTON, 2016-May-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Council of Chain Restaurants issued the following statement from Executive Director Rob Green strongly objecting to the Labor Department’s new federal overtime regulations:

“By dramatically increasing the wage threshold for determining a restaurant manager’s overtime eligibility, key management positions will be eliminated, restaurant employee career advancement will be derailed and workplace morale will plummet.”

“If this outrageous regulation remains unchanged, chain restaurants will be forced to convert tens of thousands of managers from being salaried professionals to hourly status in order to avoid costly and unpredictable impacts. Restaurant owners across the country are asking why the federal government wants to take a salary away from restaurant managers.

“We will continue to fight this punitive regulation and will work with Congress to make the Labor Department go back to the drawing board to find a workable solution. Overtime regulations need to reflect cost-of-living differences around the country and allow employees and managers to grow in their careers.”

The National Council of Chain Restaurants is the leading trade association exclusively representing chain restaurant companies. For more than 40 years, NCCR has worked to advance sound public policy that best serves the interests of restaurant businesses and the millions of people they employ. NCCR members include the country’s most-respected quick-service and table-service chains. NCCR is a division of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade group.

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National Council of Chain Restaurants on US DOL’s joint employer standards: misguided intrusion in the affairs of America’s small businesses

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Council of Chain Restaurants said the joint employer standards issued today by the U.S. Labor Department are a misguided intrusion in the affairs of America’s small businesses.

“The Labor Department is codifying a radical concept of employer-employee relationships and it is the most aggressive attempt yet to build on the flimsy foundation built by the NLRB’s Browning Ferris decision,” NCCR Executive Director Rob Green said. “Trial lawyers will love the new lawsuits that will be result of this policy. We call on Congress to review this new policy as soon as possible.”

“Federal bureaucrats shouldn’t have the final say in the daily affairs of operating small businesses, including chain restaurants,” Green said.  “Setting up intentionally vague standards to govern the relationship between different businesses, including subcontractors and franchisees, is a recipe for confusion, litigation and overzealous enforcement.”

Guidelines released today by the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division would set a broad definition of what can be considered a joint employer, using language from the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act that defines employment as “to suffer or permit to work.” By contrast, National Labor Relations Act provisions cited by the NLRB in its joint employer rulings last year require an element of “directing and controlling.”

The current debate over joint employers began last year at the NLRB, but Wage and Hour is the third federal agency to become involved. Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also considering whether to broaden the definition it uses, looking at whether franchisers can be held responsible for franchisees’ safety and health violations.

Under guidelines followed for more than 30 years, the NLRB held that a company had to have direct control over the actions of a subcontractor or franchisee’s employees in order to be considered a joint employer. However, in an August 2015 ruling involving the waste management company Browning Ferris Industries and staffing agency Leadpoint Business Services, the NLRB said a company could be considered a joint employer even if it had only indirect or unexercised control. In a separate case, the NLRB said McDonald’s could be considered a joint employer with its restaurant franchisees.

The National Council of Chain Restaurants is the leading trade association exclusively representing chain restaurant companies. For more than 40 years, NCCR has worked to advance sound public policy that best serves the interests of restaurant businesses and the millions of people they employ. NCCR members include the country’s most-respected quick-service and table-service chains. NCCR is a division of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade group.

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National Council of Chain Restaurants Director Rob Green comments on the introduction of the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act

WASHINGTON, 2015-3-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Council of Chain Restaurants today issued the following statement from Executive Director Rob Green on the introduction of the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act, sponsored by Senators Pat Toomey, R-Pa., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Jeff Flake R-Ariz., which would repeal the federal Renewable Fuel Standard corn ethanol mandate:

“We applaud Senator Toomey and Senator Feinstein for introducing this important bipartisan legislation to repeal the RFS corn ethanol mandate. This measure recognizes that the Renewable Fuel Standard is broken and that Congress should act before the mandate does even more damage to the U.S. economy.

“Small business restaurant owners in all segments of the chain restaurant industry, including quick-service, fast casual and table service restaurants strongly support legislative efforts to repeal the unnecessary ethanol mandate. The mandate has created a chain reaction causing volatility and spikes in food costs which hurt restaurant owners, suppliers, and their customers.

“The RFS ethanol mandate is a failed government experiment and must be repealed now.”

A PricewaterhouseCoopers study commissioned by NCCR concluded that the corn ethanol mandate costs the typical chain restaurant $18,000 in increased food and commodity costs.

The National Council of Chain Restaurants is the leading trade association exclusively representing chain restaurant companies. For more than 40 years, NCCR has worked to advance sound public policy that best serves the interests of restaurant businesses and the millions of people they employ. NCCR members include the country’s most-respected quick-service and table-service chains. NCCR is a division of the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade group.

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Treacy Reynolds
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press