ASSOCIATION UPDATE



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.

September 22, 2014-
It's the 20th anniversary of National Food Safety Month and each week in September, we will bring a new lesson, based on the techniques and best practices from ServSafe. This week is proper hand washing. Read more.

September 19, 2014-
The NRA, along with organizations representing hundreds of thousands of employers and tens of millions of employees, are launching the More Time for Full-Time initiative. This initiative will highlight the negative impact the 30-hour work week definition in the Affordable Care Act has on employees and employers, and urges Congress to restore the traditional definition of a full-time employee to 40 per week through bipartisan reform. Read more.

September 18, 2014-
The LRA Greater New Orleans Chapter's 30th Annual Golf Tournament, presented by First NBC Bank, will be Thursday, October 16 at Lakewood Golf Club. Sponsorships are available! Click here for more info.


September 16, 2014-
A substantial number of operators are practicing sustainability, new National Restaurant Association research shows. According to the NRA's new survey, restaurants are interested in implementing environmental practices into their plans. Read more.

September 15, 2014-
It's the 20th anniversary of National Food Safety Month and each week in September, we will bring a new lesson, based on the techniques and best practices from ServSafe. This week is Time-Temperature Control. Read more.

September 12, 2014-
The LRA is please to name Josephine Edmond of Carmel Inn & Suites in Thibodaux a LRA Restaurant Legend. She was recognized at the LRA Bayou Chapter membership luncheon Sept. 9 at Cristiano Ristorante in Houma. Read more.

September 11, 2014-
The LRA is pleased to name 12 Restaurant Legends from Mr. B's Bistro in New Orleans. The recipients will be recognized at a special ceremony at the restaurant Monday, September 15, at 3 p.m. Read more.

September 8, 2014-
It's the 20th anniversary of National Food Safety Month and each week in September, we will bring a new lesson, based on the techniques and best practices from ServSafe. This week is Cross Contamination. Read more.

September 2, 2014-
It's the 20th anniversary of National Food Safety Month and each week in September, we will bring a new lesson, based on the techniques and best practices from ServSafe. This week is Cleaning and Sanitizing. Read more.

August 29, 2014- Save the Date! 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.

August 27, 2014-
The Treasury and IRS have released draft forms that give businesses some idea about the voluminous data they'll need to start tracking in 2015 under the Affordable Care Act, for reporting to the IRS and employees starting in early 2016. Read more.

August 26, 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 has been extended to December 15; click here for more info.


August 20, 2014- Save the date!
The LRA Greater Baton Rouge's annual silent auction, "A Taste of the South," will be Wednesday, Oct. 22 at L'Auberge Baton Rouge at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and is limited to 200 peoplePurchase your tickets early!


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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Sep 22 2014 ServSafe Seminar- Baton Rouge - Acme Oyster House in Baton Rouge

Sep 22 2014 ServSafe Seminar-New Orleans - Cafe Reconcile in New Orleans

Sep 23 2014 LRA Southwest Chapter Board & Chapter Meeting - Cajun Tales in Welsh

Sep 23 2014 ServSafe Seminar- Lafayette - Petroleum Club in Lafayette