ASSOCIATION UPDATE


November 26, 2014- ​The LRA would like to wish all of members a Happy Thankgiving! The LRA office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 27-28. 

November 25, 2014- ​The FDA has released its long-awaited final regulations on menu labeling for restaurants. The menu-labeling regulations require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations under the same brand to include calorie counts on menus, menu boards and drive-thru displays and provide other nutritional information to customers. Applicable restaurants must comply by November 2015. Read more.

November 25, 2014- ​As we approach Thanksgiving and enter the holiday season, LRA President & CEO Stan Harris shares a holiday greeting with members, with reminders about the LRA SIF, the Affordable Care Act and staying connected with the association through local chapters. Read more.

November 24, 2014- ​The LRA Greater New Orleans Chapter is pleased to announce its annual award recipients: Restaurateur of the Year- Steve Pettus, Lifetime Achievement Award- Antoine's Restaurant, Hall of Fame- Randy Stein, Presidential Award- Octavio Mantilla, Active Member of the Year Award- Stanton Ripp, Distinguished Service Award- Bob Becker and Associate Member of the Year- Anthony Lamm. Read more.

November 20, 2014-
Don't get so caught up in the spirit of the season that you let your guard down and fall prey to scammers. The Entergy disconnection scam reared its head again today, and resulted in an LRA member notifying the association. Read more.

November 19, 2014Save the Date! The LRA Cenla Chapter will host its annual Taste of Mardi Gras Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at the Alexandria Riverfront Center. Restaurants interested in participating should e-mail achisholm@lra.org


November 18, 2014- Northwest Chapter restaurant members have the opportunity to participate in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl Announcement Party on Thursday, December 11, at the Independence Bowl Stadium in Shreveport. Restaurants will need to prepare food for 350 invited guests, with set-up at 4:30 p.m. and service at 6 p.m. If you would like to participate, please call Angela Chisholm at (318) 366-1326 or e-mail achisholm@lra.org.


November 17, 2014- Dine around Northwest Louisiana for FREE! Purchase a LRA Northwest Chapter Shreveport/Bossier City Dine Around raffle ticket and win $3,800 worth of gift certificates to your favorite restaurants. Drawing will be December 15; click here for more info.

November 13, 2014- The federal government has now published most of the regulations to explain how the Affordable Care Act affects employers. But the regulations are complex, and putting them into operation in a restaurant business will be challenging. Starting January 1, 2015, many employers could face potential penalties for failing to offer health plans to full-time employees. Read more.

November 11, 2014- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced a final rule requiring employees to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job, or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. This will go into effect January 1, 2015. Read more.



IMPORTANT NEWS

ATTENTION MEMBERS: Click here to view the most recent addendum to the recently published 2014 LRA Membership Directory and Buyer's Guide. The members listed on the document have reported changes to their contact information. If you need to update your information, please notify the LRA Membership Department at (504) 454-2277.

Important reminder: Any foodservice establishment having food and/or beverage sales in Orleans Parish and the New Orleans International Airport and has $200,000 or more in taxable food and/or beverage sales in the preceding year MUST COLLECT the New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority tax. For sales $200,000 to $499,999, the rate of tax is 0.5 percent and for sales $500,000 or more, the rate of tax is 0.75 percent. Monthly returns must be filed on the 20th day of the month following the month being reported. Click here for more info.

The Obama Administration recently announced that employers with 50-99 employees will receive Affordable Care Act transition relief. These employers have until 2016 to comply with the employer-mandate rule.
Read more.


Effective January 1, 2014, the IRS will classify an automatic gratuity as a service charge, not a tip. The IRS regards service charges as regular wages, which must be reported for payroll tax withholding. This rule was issued in June 2012, but implementation has been delayed until now. Read this informative article about what is defined as a tip, what to tell your staff and why you may opt to eliminate automatic gratuities in the future.
                                                             

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Nov 28 2014 Thanksgiving Holiday- LRA Office Closed - in

Dec 1 2014 LRA Cenla Chapter Annual Meeting/Installation of Officers - Merci Beaucoup in Natchitoches

Dec 2 2014 LRA Acadiana Chapter Annual Meeting/Installation of Officers - City Club At River Ranch in Lafayette

Dec 8 2014 LRA Northeast Chapter Annual Mtg/Installation of Officers - Warehouse No. 1 in Monroe