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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 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
    Episode 184: Business Groups Fire Back At Trump On Stimulus Retreat

    Episode 184: Business Groups Fire Back At Trump On Stimulus Retreat

    Restaurant relief appears to be dead for now. This week, the President abruptly cancelled negotiations on a stimulus package that included many industry priorities leaving thousands of restaurant operators and other small business owners to fend for themselves. And the associations that represent them in Washington, DC were not shy about showing their displeasure. We’ll discuss the bleak situation restaurants find themselves in both economically and politically. And the 2020 election is just three weeks away and we’ll do a deep dive into the Presidential race, the race for control of the senate, and what is happening at the state level across the country - especially with an eye toward the 2021 state legislative agendas. We’ll have those stories and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 57 min
    Episode 183: Relief Bill Exposes Rift In Restaurant Industry

    Episode 183: Relief Bill Exposes Rift In Restaurant Industry

    The U.S. House passed their long-awaited relief bill this week and while it is unlikely to pass the Senate in its current form, it is noteworthy because Democratic leaders championed and included many of the Independent Restaurant Coalition’s priorities while chains and franchisees were deliberately left out in the cold. Is there a political divide developing in the industry that may reshape our traditional approach to advocacy? We’ll discuss that and the ramifications for operators. And while the Trump Administration has suspended many Obama-era regulations regarding corporate diversity numbers and corresponding pay equity, more and more companies are disclosing that data voluntarily. We'll take a look at those trendlines and where that conversation may be heading. We’ll have those stories and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 49 min
    Episode 182: Conservatives Rethink Approach To Labor Organizing

    Episode 182: Conservatives Rethink Approach To Labor Organizing

    Important players in the conservative intelligentia are calling for a new approach and relationship to the labor community and making the conservative case for not necessarily traditional unions but worker empowerment. We will sit down with Eli Lehrer, President of R Street Institute and discuss his recent joint statement in the American Compass calling for a new paradigm in labor relations. And Democrats in Congress, along with some independent restaurant owners, are calling for the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on third-party delivery platforms and the “harmful impacts” they are having on the industry. We discuss what’s happening there. And over the last few years, the #MeToo movement has provided a legislative and political roadmap for the Black Lives Matter movement that will likely come to fruition in 2021. We’ll discuss how that may play out and how the industry needs to prepare. We’ll have those stories and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 53 min
    Episode 181: NRA Public Affairs Chief Discusses Industry Pandemic Relief Strategy

    Episode 181: NRA Public Affairs Chief Discusses Industry Pandemic Relief Strategy

    We interview Sean Kennedy, Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at the National Restaurant Association and get his perspective on the likelihood that Congress will come to the aid of the industry anytime soon. He’ll let us know where things stand in Washington and how the industry is working to support operators. We’ll also discuss the recent CDC report and how both operators and corporate leaders need to be careful on how and what we say regarding those findings. Additionally, our old friend Matt Haller from the International Franchise Association stops by the pod and brings us up to speed on all things joint employer, including the Labor Department’s planned appeal of the recent court ruling invalidating part of their new joint employer rule. We’ll have those stories and wrap it up with the legislative scorecard.

    • 1 hr 10 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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