ASSOCIATION UPDATE


October 31, 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.

October 30, 2014-
Save 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.

October 28, 2014-
There is a simple equation for career success in the restaurant industry: multiple career pathways + competitive salaries + consistent pay raises = clear road for advancement in the restaurant industry. Read more.

October 27, 2014-
The LRA is pleased to name Chantelle Washington of Mulate's Cajun Restaurant in New Orleans a LRA Restaurant Legend. She was recently recognized at a special celebration at Mulate's. Washington began her career as a server in 1992 and over the past 22 years, has worked her way up to Assistant to the President and Director of Operations. Read more.

October 24, 2014-
The Monroe City Council will vote on the Mobile Food Vendor Ordinance authored by Dr. Raymond Armstrong Tuesday, October 28 at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 400 Lea Joyner Medical Expressway. Click here to read the ordinance and its rules and regulations for Mobile Food Vendors.

October 24, 2014-
A proposed Mobile Food Vendor Ordinance for the City of Denham Springs, authored by City Councilmember Annie Fugler, will be discussed at the City Council meeting on Monday, October 27 at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 941 Government Drive. Click here to read the ordinance and its rules and regulations for Mobile Food Vendors.

October 24, 2014-
The results of this year's midterm elections will be a determining factor in the direction of federal and state policies that impact restaurants. Here are five reasons restaurant operators need to turn out in force for the November 2014 elections.

October 23, 2014- To help employees reach their full potential, leaders should clearly let workers know what they expect. If your employees don't understand what you expect of them, they won't have realistic goals or a path to grow in their positions. Read more.


October 21, 2014-
Early voting in the mid-term elections starts today and runs through October 28 (excluding Sunday). Beat the lines and the crowds and vote ahead of Election Day on Nov. 4. Click here for more information and find your polling place.

October 20, 2014-
It's that time of year again! Do you do great work in your community? Are you the face of the American Dream? Apply for the NRAEF's prestigious awards: Restaurant Neighbor Award and Faces of Diversity today! Deadline to submit your application is November 17, 2014. Click here for more information and to apply.

October 17, 2014-
Don't panic when a food safety inspector arrives. Think of the visit as a learning opportunity that will benefit your operation by making it as safe as possible. Read more.

October 14, 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.

October 13, 2014- The Acadiana Chapter, with the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra & Conservatory of Music, is hosting a decadent evening, "Death by Chocolate," on Monday, Nov. 10 at The Petroleum Club in Lafayette. Tickets are $40 per person and reserved tables and sponsorships are available! Click here for more info.

October 10, 2014-
October is National Seafood Month! Eating a 4-oz serving of seafood twice a week supports your overall health and moderate evidence shows that consumption of seafood twice a week can assist with the prevention of heart disease. Read more.

October 1, 2014-
Thirty hours a week doesn't work for restaurants, their employees, or the hundreds of thousands of businesses that are being forced to make hard decisions to comply with the health care law's arbitrary redefinition of the full-time workweek. Read more.

September 23, 2014- 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 NEWS
The Louisiana Department of Revenue is announcing its 2014 Tax Amnesty Program, which will run October 15-November 14. The 30-day tax amnesty program offers non-compliant taxpayers the opportunity to settle their accounts with the state by paying 100 percent of delinquent taxes, with a waiver of all penalties and 50 percent of the interest owed. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on October 15, through 11:59 p.m. November 14, eligible taxpayers can apply online here. For more information, call (866) 782-9241. Read more.

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 10 2014 LRA Acadiana Chapter "Death By Chocolate" - Petroleum Club in Lafayette

Nov 10 2014 ServSafe Seminar- Metairie - Drago's Empire Room in Metairie

Nov 10 2014 ServSafe Seminar- Shreveport - Ernest's Orleans Restaurant in Shreveport

Nov 11 2014 LRA Bayou Chapter Annual Meeting - La Casa Del Sol in Thibodaux