DOL Issues New Overtime Pay Rules

Restaurants may see an upswing in labor costs on Jan. 1 under new rules from the U.S. Department of Labor for determining when salaried employees are entitled to overtime pay.

Under the regulations issued this morning, restaurant managers, assistant managers, executive chefs, headquarters support personnel and other managerial staff members will qualify for time-and-a-half pay if their annual salary does not exceed $35,568, compared with the current threshold of $23,660.

Here's How To Know If You Were Affected By DoorDash's Data Breach

Delivery service DoorDash just announced that it has experienced a data breach that affects around 4.9 million  user  accounts including customers, merchants, and delivery workers.

DoorDash  released a blog post on the matter  on Thursday, stating that the service noticed unusual activity from an unnamed "third-party service provider." When they looked into it, they realized that a third-party service had been able to access DoorDash user data on May 4 of this year.

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Millennials Crave Off-Premise? Not as Much as Boomers

The  boom in delivery and takeout  is often attributed to a surge in demand from millennials, but new research shows baby boomers may be the drivers of ongoing growth.

Data compiled for the National Restaurant Association shows that 51% of baby boomers—defined for the research as consumers ages 55 to 73—are not  ordering delivery  and takeout as often as they’d like. That compares with 43% of millennials, or people ages 21 to 38.

Six Social Media Strategies to Improve Sales For Restaurants
It's a fact:  45 percent  of diners hit the town for dinner multiple times a week, with another  20 percent  saying they go out at least once a week. That’s about 60 percent of Americans ditching a home-cooked meal for restaurant-made each week. If you’re a restaurant, those stats probably have your mouth watering.

So, how can you effectively get in on that action without spending a lot on marketing? The easiest and most cost-effective way is through social media. Believe it or not, being a social media warrior and getting foot traffic to your restaurant is not as hard as it seems. All it requires is a little elbow grease, and with anything, a good strategy.