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.