National Restaurant Association

Restaurant Industry Added 58,700 Jobs in February

The National Restaurant Association's chief economist Bruce Grindy breaks down the latest employment trends:

“Despite the challenging winter weather conditions in parts of the country, restaurants continued to add jobs at a robust pace in February, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Eating and drinking places added a net 58,700 jobs in February on a seasonally adjusted basis, their 60th consecutive monthly increase and strongest gain since December 2012.

NRA Reports Continued Industry Optimism

Buoyed by higher same-store sales and traffic and a positive outlook among operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) remained elevated in January. The RPI—a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry—stood at 102.7 in January, which represented the fourth consecutive month above the level of 102. In addition, January marked the 23rd consecutive month in which the RPI stood above 100, which signifies expansion in the index of key industry indicators.

NRA Supports Clarified Definition of Seasonal Worker

The National Restaurant Association executive vice president of policy and government affairs, Scott DeFife, issued the following statement of support for the STARS Act of 2015, legislation that will align the definitions of seasonal employment in the Affordable Care Act and streamline the applicable large employer determination process.

NRA President’s Contract Renewed Five Years

The National Restaurant Association issued the following statement regarding its decision to renew the contract for association president and CEO Dawn Sweeney:

"We are pleased to report that at last week's joint NRA board of directors/National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation trustees meeting, we announced that Association and Educational Foundation president and CEO Dawn Sweeney's contract is being extended for five years, beginning in January 2015," says Jack Crawford, NRA chairman of the board.

NRA Supports Two Bipartisan Bills for Restaurant Growth

National Restaurant Association executive vice president of policy and government affairs Scott DeFife issued the following statement of support for the House introduction of the Restaurant and Retail Jobs and Growth Act and Senate companion legislation Depreciation Fairness Act of 2015 that would make permanent a 15-year tax depreciation schedule for restaurant leasehold and retail improvements and new construction.

NRA Official Testifies on E-Verify Mandate

National Restaurant Association (NRA) senior vice president of labor and workforce policy Angelo Amador testified before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security at a hearing to discuss the Legal Workforce Act, which would create a nationally standardized employer verification (E-Verify) mandate. As the nation’s second-largest private sector employer with a workforce of 14 million, a nationwide implementation of E-Verify has been one of NRA’s top priorities in the debate over immigration reform.

NRA and NRAEF Elect Officers to Lead First Board

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced the election of officers to its board of directors and board of trustees, respectively. The officers, who serve one-year terms, led their first board meeting this week. In addition, the NRA and NRAEF have named several industry leaders to join their boards.