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National Restaurant Association

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.

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H.R. 2575
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April 1, 2014

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S. 1737
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S. 460
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H.R. 1010
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H.R. 2667
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Detailed Legislative Agenda

H.R. 2575: Save American Workers Act of 2014

April 1, 2014

Dear Representative:

On behalf of the National Restaurant Association, the leading trade association representing the

restaurant and foodservice industry, I write to urge you to vote YES in favor of H.R. 2575, the

“Save American Workers Act,” when it is considered on the House floor this week. The

National Restaurant Association may consider any votes on, or related to, such legislation in our

annual “How They Voted” legislative scorecard.

H.R. 2575 would reinstate the historic definition of full-time as working 40 hours per week. The

law’s definition of full-time set at 30 hours could have lasting impacts on the labor market, far

beyond the Affordable Care Act, with the unintended consequence of potentially limiting hours

for workers who do not intend to rely on their employer for their insurance needs.

One reason so many Americans are drawn to restaurant and foodservice industry jobs is the

flexibility to build a work schedule or change hours to suit their personal needs. Generally, most

restaurant operators have classified positions as salaried and hourly, not full- or part-time.

Previously, hourly workers were able to take on extra shifts as available and as they chose to

work. However, under this law, there is now a bright line as to who is considered full-time and

who is considered part-time. As a result, the flexibility so many enjoy and seek out in working

for the industry may become harder to find.

In its analysis of the legislation, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) acknowledged

employers’ commitment to offering coverage to employees and projects that only a small

percentage of employers would either reassign or reduce hours of employees who work more

than 40 hours per week. More than 156 million people would continue to be covered by

employer-sponsored plans, underscoring the CBO’s conclusion that “most of the affected

employers would continue to offer coverage because most employers construct compensation

packages to attract the best available workers at the lowest possible cost.”

Aligning the law’s definition of full-time employee status with current levels used by restaurant

and foodservice operators would help avoid any unnecessary disruptions to employees’ wages

and hours, and would provide significant relief to employers. The National Restaurant

Association supports H.R. 2575 and encourages you to vote YES when it is considered on the

House floor.

(Letter provided to POPVOX by Congressional office.)

* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/restaurant#restaurant-hr-2575-support
S. 1737: The Minimum Wage Fairness Act

In February during his State of the Union address, President Obama called for an increase to the federal minimum wage, in stages, to $9 per hour.

Subsequently, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) introduced S. 460 and H.R. 1010, the “Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013,” which would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and provide for future annual minimum wage increases tied to inflation. The legislation would also raise the cash wage for tipped employees to 70 percent of the federal minimum wage.

In November, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, S. 1737 (Sen. Harkin), which was modeled on legislation introduced earlier in 2013 (S. 460), was sent directly to the Senate floor.

The National Restaurant Association has been actively engaged in combating these efforts to increase the federal minimum wage.

In recent weeks, Senate activity has risen in regard to the minimum wage,. Specifically, discussions have begun that could lead to a vote in early 2014.

As small businesses across the country struggle for survival in a difficult economic climate with an ever-growing list of mandated government costs and regulations, misguided legislation such as the “Fair Minimum Wage Act” will negatively impact labor and operating costs for business large and small. This legislation will reduce the number of jobs that are created in the restaurant industry, and slow the rate of growth of our economy.

http://advocacy.res...il.aspx?AlertID=283

* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/restaurant#restaurant-s-1737-oppose
S. 460: The Fair Minimum Wage Act

In February during his State of the Union address, President Obama called for an increase to the federal minimum wage, in stages, to $9 per hour.

Subsequently, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) introduced S. 460 and H.R. 1010, the “Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013,” which would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and provide for future annual minimum wage increases tied to inflation. The legislation would also raise the cash wage for tipped employees to 70 percent of the federal minimum wage.

In November, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, S. 1737 (Sen. Harkin), which was modeled on legislation introduced earlier in 2013 (S. 460), was sent directly to the Senate floor.

The National Restaurant Association has been actively engaged in combating these efforts to increase the federal minimum wage.

In recent weeks, Senate activity has risen in regard to the minimum wage,. Specifically, discussions have begun that could lead to a vote in early 2014.

As small businesses across the country struggle for survival in a difficult economic climate with an ever-growing list of mandated government costs and regulations, misguided legislation such as the “Fair Minimum Wage Act” will negatively impact labor and operating costs for business large and small. This legislation will reduce the number of jobs that are created in the restaurant industry, and slow the rate of growth of our economy.

http://advocacy.res...il.aspx?AlertID=283

* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/restaurant#restaurant-s-460-oppose
H.R. 1010: The Fair Minimum Wage Act

In February during his State of the Union address, President Obama called for an increase to the federal minimum wage, in stages, to $9 per hour.

Subsequently, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) introduced S. 460 and H.R. 1010, the “Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013,” which would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and provide for future annual minimum wage increases tied to inflation. The legislation would also raise the cash wage for tipped employees to 70 percent of the federal minimum wage.

In November, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, S. 1737 (Sen. Harkin), which was modeled on legislation introduced earlier in 2013 (S. 460), was sent directly to the Senate floor.

The National Restaurant Association has been actively engaged in combating these efforts to increase the federal minimum wage.

In recent weeks, Senate activity has risen in regard to the minimum wage,. Specifically, discussions have begun that could lead to a vote in early 2014.

As small businesses across the country struggle for survival in a difficult economic climate with an ever-growing list of mandated government costs and regulations, misguided legislation such as the “Fair Minimum Wage Act” will negatively impact labor and operating costs for business large and small. This legislation will reduce the number of jobs that are created in the restaurant industry, and slow the rate of growth of our economy.

http://advocacy.res...il.aspx?AlertID=283

* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/restaurant#restaurant-hr-1010-oppose
H.R. 2667: Authority for Mandate Delay Act

July 16, 2013

Dear Representative:

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.)

* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/restaurant#restaurant-hr-2667-support
H.R. 803: SKILLS Act
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/restaurant#restaurant-hr-803-support
H.R. 3356: ACCESS (ADA Compliance for Customer Entry to Stores and Services) Act of 2011

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.

http://www.restaura..._judic_nra_stmt.pdf

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/restaurant#restaurant-hr-3356-support
S.J.Res. 36 (112th): A resolution disapproving a NLRB rule regarding union elections

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.

http://www.restaura...nce/issues_nlrb.pdf

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/restaurant#restaurant-sjres-36-support
H.R. 2885 (112th): The Legal Workforce Act (or the E-Verify Act)

“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.”

http://judiciary.ho.../news/09122011.html

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/restaurant#restaurant-hr-2885-support
H.R. 527: Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011

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.

http://www.restaura...ulates-business.cfm

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
* The organization’s position on this bill was entered by POPVOX. Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/restaurant#restaurant-hr-527-support