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Mission: Since 1919 we have been the restaurant industry's leading association and, together with the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, our goal is to lead America's restaurant industry into a new era of prosperity, prominence and participation, enhancing the quality of life for all we serve.* This organization profile has been set up by POPVOX.
July 16, 2013
On behalf of the National Restaurant Association, the leading business trade association for the restaurant and foodservice industry, I write to urge you to support H.R. 2667, the “Authority for Mandate Delay Act.” when it is considered on the Floor this week. The National Restaurant Association may consider this vote in our annual review and report of votes of critical importance to the industry.
The National Restaurant Association supports the Administration’s July 2, 2013 announcement, and subsequent IRS Guidance (Notice 2013-45), that grants transition relief for employers from the employer reporting requirements (IRC §§6055/6056) and hence the employer shared responsibility provision (§4980H) of the health care law. This additional time will give restaurant and foodservice operators more time to receive and understand the implementing regulations, and then comply with this complex law. Therefore, the National Restaurant Association supports H.R. 2667 as it would accomplish this same goal by changing the effective date of the employer reporting and employer shared responsibility sections of the law.
While our members appreciate the additional time to understand the impacts and comply with the law, this does not change the fact that the restaurant and foodservice industry faces fundamental challenges with the law. Congress must act now to prevent negative impacts to job creation and restaurant expansion. We encourage all lawmakers to come together to change the law’s definition of full-time to reflect current employment practices, address the complexity of the definition of an applicable large employer, and prevent harmful financial impacts for employees by eliminating the automatic enrollment provision.
For the reasons above, the National Restaurant Association urges you to vote YES in favor of H.R. 2667.
(Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)
June 27, 2012
I submit this statement on behalf of the National Restaurant Association in
support of H.R. 3356, ADA Compliance for Customer Entry to Stores and Services
(ACCESS) Act of 2011. I, particularly, want to thank Representative Dan Lungren for
his leadership on this issue.
This important legislation would give businesses a fair opportunity to learn about
and correct potential accessibility issues. The National Restaurant Association is the
leading business association for the restaurant and foodservice industry. The
Association’s mission is to help our members build customer loyalty, rewarding careers
and financial success. Nationally, the industry is comprised of 970,000 restaurant and
foodservice outlets employing 12.9 million people. We serve more than 130,000 million
guests per day.
Representative Lungren’s state of California alone has more than 90,000 eating
and drinking establishments currently operating with an estimated $56.7 billion in food
and drink sales in 2009 and the generation of $4.5 billion in California sales tax per year.
However, despite being the nation’s second-largest private-sector employer, the
restaurant industry is predominately composed of small businesses.
The ADA, passed in 1990, requires restaurant and other places of public
accommodation to be accessible to customers with disabilities. Restaurateurs welcome
and accommodate guests with disabilities. Providing access is not just good business; it’s
the right thing to do. Over the years, restaurants have invested heavily in renovations and
other changes to ensure their operations are welcoming and comply with the law.
Unfortunately, some restaurants, particularly, but not exclusively, in California,
have been victim of a number of abusive “drive-by” ADA lawsuits. Typically, these
attorneys allege technical violations in hopes that a small business owner will settle the
case instead of spending the time and money to defend the case in court.
We believe that businesses should be allowed a fair opportunity to address
potential accessibility issues before the business is sued.
The ACCESS Act of 2011 would give restaurateurs and other business owners 60
days to address any person allegedly aggrieved by a violation and provide a description
outlining improvements. Then, the owner or operator would have 120 days to correct the
alleged accessibility problems. This would help prevent lawsuit abuse, while conserving
a restaurant’s resources to improve accessibility.
Under the ACCESS Act of 2011, restaurateurs and other business owners would
be protected from lawsuits during the 120 days period. We stand ready to help move this
legislation forward and encourage all members of this Sub-Committee to co-sponsor the
ACCESS Act of 2011, H.R. 3356.
Thank you for holding this hearing on such important legislation and for
considering our industry’s concerns. I hope Congress will take action this year to reduce
ADA lawsuit abuse.
The NLRB rule would cut the timeline for union elections to as short as 10 days from when a petition is filed to when a vote is held. This limits employers’ ability to educate employees. Employers won’t have time to raise substantive issues and concerns or express legitimate views about collective bargaining.
The ambush-election rule will be especially harmful to small businesses. Small companies don’t have the in-house expertise to guide them during union campaigns, especially with timelines as short as 10 days.
The current system works. The NLRB’s own statistics reveal the average time from petition to election was 31 days, with over 90% of elections occurring within 56 days.
The ambush-elections rule will take effect april 30, 2012, unless Congress blocks it.
Support S.J. Res. 36, the Senate “resolution of disapproval” on NLRB’s ambush-election rule. The vote is expected in late April.
“The National Restaurant Association supports the Legal Workforce Act, as introduced, as an excellent balance of many competing interests. The National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant and food service industry. Our industry is the nation’s second-largest private-sector employer comprised of 960,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets employing 12.8 million people—nine percent of the U.S. workforces … Many of our members are early adopters of E-Verify. Together, we agree in the need for certainty with regard to the responsibilities employers have under employment verification laws.”
H.R. 527 would add to the Regulatory Flexibility Act by giving the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy more oversight authority as federal agencies write regulations. The bill also would require federal agencies to consider the indirect impact of federal regulations on small businesses, which would lead to a more accurate assessment of a regulation's true cost for business. Finally, H.R. 527 would require a broader analysis of the cumulative impact of all regulations on small businesses, which could set the stage for repealing or modifying existing regulations.
Now the full House of Representatives is gearing up for a vote on H.R. 527. The vote could come as early as next week. The NRA has helped organize more than 70 national organizations in a letter to support the bill. Now state groups are signing on as well, which means we will go to the full House with support from groups representing millions of small businesses.