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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The National Council of Chain Restaurants Executive Director Rob Green: EPA cannot fix the failed Renewable Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON, 2015-12-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Council of Chain Restaurants today issued the following statement from Executive Director Rob Green following the Environmental Protection Agency’s release of regulations that would increase the amount of corn-based ethanol used in the nation’s gasoline supply under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard:

“Today’s announcement, which is two years late, demonstrates once and for all that the EPA cannot fix the failed Renewable Fuel Standard. As expected, the EPA has once again bowed to political pressure from special interests and ignored the widespread harm caused by the RFS.

“The EPA has chosen to please a small group of ethanol lobbyists to the detriment of the nation’s small business restaurants and everyone who depends on the food chain across the country. The EPA’s failure demonstrates the need for Congress – who created this mess – to quickly pass legislation to eliminate the corn ethanol mandate and take the RFS off the menu.”

The EPA today released regulations that would increase the amount of corn ethanol used under the RFS in 2016. The long-delayed regulations also include retroactive numbers for the amount that was supposed to be used in 2014 and 2015.

A PricewaterhouseCoopers study conducted for NCCR concluded that if the corn ethanol mandate is left unchanged, chain restaurant industry costs will increase by up to $3.2 billion a year, with a typical chain restaurant location facing $18,000 in increased food commodity costs. NCCR’s RFS off the Menu campaign continues to highlight the negative consequences of the RFS on the food supply chain.

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.

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

SOURCE: National Retail Federation

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