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This weekly podcast comes from Align Public Strategies, a full-service public affairs and creative firm that helps corporate brands, governments and nonprofits navigate the outside world and inform their internal decision-making. #WorkingLunch #Align

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    • 4.7 • 17 Ratings

This weekly podcast comes from Align Public Strategies, a full-service public affairs and creative firm that helps corporate brands, governments and nonprofits navigate the outside world and inform their internal decision-making. #WorkingLunch #Align

    Episode 190: Industry Pushes Back On Shutdowns

    Episode 190: Industry Pushes Back On Shutdowns

    We’re going to do a deep dive into the labor community and discuss their agenda and how they are approaching 2021. Mike Saltsman from the Employment Policies Institute joins us to discuss what’s ahead for organized labor and how the pandemic is helping them achieve their political, policy and organizing goals. And in response to alarming increases in COVID-19 infections, governors across the country are reluctantly closing down parts of the economy in their states and many are starting with restaurants. We’ll discuss the dilemma facing governors and mayors with Susan Connelly, the Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer for Darden Restaurants and get her insight on how best to work with those chief executives and help them better navigate these difficult waters. We’ll discuss all of this and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 189: Team Biden Takes Shape - and May Be Taking Aim

    Episode 189: Team Biden Takes Shape - and May Be Taking Aim

    The restaurant industry once again finds itself in the middle of the American cultural wars, with new attention given to an index highlighting the differences between Cracker Barrel voters and Whole Foods voters. How do operators navigate a landscape where their very brands become litmus tests for voter identification and tribal loyalty? We’ll take a look. And the Biden transition team is taking shape and being populated with a lot of folks that don’t have a whole lot of sympathy for the restaurant business model. Is this a precursor to how a Biden Administration will approach labor issues? We’ll discuss that as well. We talk about all of this and wrap it up with a special guest helping me run down the legislative scorecard.

    • 28 min
    Episode 188: The Election Recap: Impacts To The Industry?

    Episode 188: The Election Recap: Impacts To The Industry?

    We’re going to do a deep dive on the election results and drill down on what happened, why it happened, and what operators need to know going forward. Additionally, we will be joined by my old friend and colleague Gerard Dehrmann, the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and State & Local Government Relations for Walmart and get his insight on how the world’s largest company is viewing the political, legislative and reputational challenges - and opportunities as well - that lay ahead for employers. We discuss all of this and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 187: The Election Forecast Edition - Things Operators Should Watch For

    Episode 187: The Election Forecast Edition - Things Operators Should Watch For

    The election is finally here and we’ll discuss what we see as the likely outcomes at the federal, state and local level - including a few very important ballot measures that will significantly affect P&Ls. We’ll also talk about the election aftermath and the potential for social unrest that could portend a significant security risk for small business owners, employees and customers. We discuss all of this, the road ahead for operators, and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 52 min
    Episode 186: The NRA’s Sean Kennedy Talks Restaurant Recovery With The Nation’s Mayors

    Episode 186: The NRA’s Sean Kennedy Talks Restaurant Recovery With The Nation’s Mayors

    This week, the nation’s mayors sat down with the restaurant industry to discuss ways in which mayors and their cities can help restaurants and their employees survive the pandemic and its aftermath. Sean Kennedy, the Executive Vice President for Public Affairs for the National Restaurant Association, who oversaw that meeting, stops by the pod to tell us what happened, what we learned, and how we can keep the conversation going. And as states and cities face unprecedented budget deficits as a result of the pandemic, they will be looking for revenue anywhere they can find it. We sit down with the tax experts from MultiState to understand what may be coming down the pike in 2021 and how operators should prepare. We’ll have those stories and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 50 min
    Episode 185: Yelp Uses Platform To Highlight Allegations Of Racial Discrimination By Restaurants

    Episode 185: Yelp Uses Platform To Highlight Allegations Of Racial Discrimination By Restaurants

    Yelp is in the news this week as the crowd-sourced restaurant review platform announced it will include accusations of discrimination or alleged instances of racism by a brand in their restaurant listings. We’ll discuss this potentially seismic development and the boon it could be for anti-industry activists and detractors. And the private sector continues to advance the portable benefits issue down the field. We’ll take a look at Mastercard’s benefit initiative for independent contractors and the impact it may have on the employee marketplace. We’ll have those stories and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

JoeCoffee148 ,

Great content for food industry

A very informative show on current topics for the restaurant/food industry discussing new and upcoming laws and how they might effect our businesses.
They strike a perfect balance on light hearted banter and the dry information of government regulations. Keep up they great work.

However, my only hope is that they work on the sound. I have to listen to show with my hand on the volume. Some speakers come in loud and clear while others are much quieter requiring me to turn up the volume to understand what they are saying.

B PDX ,

Content: 5, Production Quality: 1

this podcast consistently delivers quality content especially for business owners, restaurant and c-store operators. But please guys can you fix microphone levels! Some episodes are impossible to listen to unless you want to burst an eardrum!

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