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Industry News Roundup - April 18, 2014

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Seamless forced to stop charging fees on gratuities, intern bill signed, and Eater reviews launch; Each week we will share with you a recap of important topics in the press. Stay tuned to stay informed. 





INDUSTRY

Member Alert: Attorney General Forces Seamless to Stop Charging Fees on Gratuities
nysra.org 4/16
Our team will continue to monitor this issue for restaurants and determine if there are any opportunities for restaurants to recoup past fees charged by Seamless against customer gratuities.

FMI 4/16
oday an alliance of food manufacturers, retailers and foodservice operators announced the release of a toolkit to help businesses in the food sector reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfill.  The Best Practices and Emerging Solutions Toolkit was produced by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA), a cross-sector industry initiative led by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the National Restaurant Association (NRA). (The National Restaurant Association is a partner of the NYS Restaurant Association.)

NY Daily News 4/16
We all know about restaurant letter grades. But what would happen if the city inspected a 'typical' New York apartment?

WSJ 4/15
Seamless Tuesday signed an agreement mandating it change its fee structure for any new restaurant that signs up for the service. Those new restaurants wouldn't have their tips subjected to the Seamless percentage fee.
(NYSRA Quoted)

ag.ny.gov 4/16
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced an agreement with GrubHub Inc., an internet food-delivery company that was created last year when GrubHub Inc. and Seamless North America LLC merged. The agreement requires GrubHub to take steps to ensure that the tips it collects from customers who order via the company’s website will be distributed, in full, to the workers for whom they were intended.


LEGISLATIVE

Eater 4/17
Since it's long been a source of discussion, Eater asked a number of restaurateurs and industry experts to weigh in on the pros and cons of the new law. 

NY Times 4/16
A group of Democratic lawmakers from New York City on Wednesday announced a new push to raise the minimum wage for many low-paid workers, calling for a $15-an-hour “fair wage” for employees of McDonald’s and Walmart and other businesses with yearly sales of $50 million or more.

Crains 4/16
City Councilman Jumaane Williams has said his bill requiring businesses with 10 or more employees to provide paid vacation time was intended to spark a conversation about a lack of time-off among the city’s workforce.
But so far, the response to that conversation has been "no."

Ny Daily News 4/15
Interns hoping to land their dream job by working long hours for often little or no pay are now protected against discrimination after Mayor de Blasio signed his third bill into law Tuesday - but some advocates say the bill is too narrow.


TECHNOLOGY / TRENDS

GrubStreet 4/17
In the past few weeks, there's been talk about a possible divide in the food-writing world: The roles of food writers and editors seem split fairly evenly among men and women, but the same cannot be said for the role of the restaurant critic, where the divide currently favors more men. 

FSR Magazine 4/17
What sets OpenTable's lists apart, according to Scott Jampol, OpenTable's vice president of consumer marketing, is that its lists are derived from diners' opinions.

Eater 4/15
Early this afternoon the first ever full-fledged restaurant reviews will debut on Eater. 

Digital Trends 4/14
Detailed on Grub Street, a maître d’ at NYC restaurant Eleven Madison Park spends his afternoon Googling anyone that will be dining at the restaurant later in the evening.

Chicago Tribune 4/9
A feature recently added to the Yelp mobile app allows users to search for local shops and restaurants by using emojis, cartoon icons that have grown in popularity in recent years.


POP CULTURE

Eater 4/10
Here's a fun trailer for the Chinese-food documentary The Search for General Tso, which will make its world premiere next week at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film traces the now-ubiquitous dish's roots in China — where many Chinese citizens are unable to identify a photo of the bastardized American version — to how it ended up on every Chinese take-out menu in the United States.

Eater 3/10
There have been many hilarious moments over the past nine seasons, and here are 13 of the greatest ones. 

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