Legislative Impacts: How to Stay Ahead, a COEX Executive Summary

Posted by IFMA October 03, 2017

Tagged in COEX Executive Summaries


Alfredo Ortiz, Louis Basile, Joe Essa, and Dawn Sweeney discussed the legislative landscape, how it is affecting the restaurant industry, and steps operators can take to advocate for their interests at COEX 2017.


The restaurant industry plays a central role in the American economy, providing good jobs to millions of individuals. In recent years small business owners, who make up the majority of restaurant operators, have been hit hard by onerous regulations. This has made it difficult to grow and prosper. Looking ahead, operators must educate themselves on legislative issues and make their voices heard on a number of topics including minimum wage, immigration, healthcare reform, and menu labeling standards.

Key Takeaways

  • Although the restaurant industry contributes significantly to the U.S. economy, it is struggling under excessive regulation.

  • Middle-class jobs are a more productive public policy focus than minimum wage increases.

  • The Affordable Care Act is a huge challenge for restaurant operators.

  • The restaurant industry relies on immigrant labor, but it is a strong proponent of complying with immigration laws.

  • If the ACA is repealed, the future of the national menu labeling law is unclear.

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