Workforce Issues Facing The Restaurant Industry 2016-2020

  • January 17, 2016

Workplace Symposium 2016-2020 tdn2k pic

Today in Dallas, a panel of CUE experts will be speaking at the Tdn2k Global Best Practices Conference as part of a symposium on the Workforce 2016-2020.  This session is a chance to bring together Tdn2K’s senior Human Resources leadership, along with the experts and thought leaders who are focused on tackling the challenges of the 21st century workplace. Our industry is at a crossroads; faced with a return to a pre-recession white-hot employment market, growing skills gaps, wage pressures, worker activism, ascendance of the millennial workforce, high turnover and lack of engagement. This will require our best work and thinking. Our panel of experts will lay out the macro & regulatory environment. Our operators will share real opinion, insight, advice and challenges.

We will be discussing several issues impacting the service industry as we move into the 2016 election cycle.  We’ll be covering the recent spate of NLRB rules changes, labor protests and activism like the Fight for $15 and a heavy focus on issues that are being driven by labor and activist groups at the state  and local level such as minimum wage, work schedules and paid leave.

Related to the minimum wage and the efforts to raise the wage, here are some high level details on what has happened in the past two years, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a labor friendly research group with a favorable view of these economic changes:

  • 14 states have changed their minimum-wage law.
  •  26 states and D.C. have a higher effective minimum wage
  • 23 sub-state localities have adopted minimum wages higher than the state minimum wage, including:
    • Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • Berkeley, California
    • Bernalillo County, New Mexico
    • Birmingham, Alabama
    • Chicago, Illinois
    • Emeryville, California
    • Las Cruces, New Mexico
    • Louisville, Kentucky
    • Montgomery County, Maryland
    • Mountain View, California
    • Oakland, California
    • Palo Alto, California
    • Portland, Maine
    • Prince George’s County, Maryland
    • Richmond, California
    • San Francisco, California
    • San Jose, California
    • Santa Clara, California
    • Santa Fe City, New Mexico
    • Santa Fe County, New Mexico
    • SeaTac, Washington
    • Seattle, Washington
    • Sunnyvale, California
  • 29 states and D.C. that have a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum wage
  • 15 states and D.C. have indexed wages, automatically adjusted each year for increases in prices
  • 7 states that have no minimum-wage law or a minimum wage below the federal minimum wage. The federal minimum wage applies in all of these states.