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4 Ways Restaurants Can Use Instagram to Drive Traffic

May 28, 2013 by Matt Thompson.

Social media can be an easy and inexpensive way to bring new customers to your restaurant. One social media outlet that is extremely effective for restaurants is Instagram, a photo sharing app for your mobile phone. Instagram is even more effective when it is tied to your Facebook

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PPACA Series: Strategy Two - Eliminate your Health Plan

May 23, 2013 by Dennis Maggart.

The Affordable Care Act includes a plethora of new regulations, employer requirements, and potential penalties for employers that have group health plans.  Almost from the moment it passed, many pundits suggested that frustrated employers should simply eliminate their group health plan and pay the penalty which they predicted would be cheaper than the cost of their current health plan.  As we

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Talent Management: The McDonald's Model

April 26, 2013 by Julie Deane.

So …What Are You Doing to Manage Your Talent?

Please, Don’t Say Nothing!

There is perhaps no bigger global brand than McDonald’s. For billions

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PPACA Series: Strategy One - Minimum Compliance

April 15, 2013 by Dennis Maggart.

As we have already learned, large employers under PPACA may be subject to a new “Pay or Play” penalty. These potential penalties only apply to employers with 50 or more Full-Time Equivalent employees. While part-time employees will count against employers when determining whether they are subject to these penalties  part-time employees do not count when

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PPACA Series: Non-Discrimination Rules under PPACA

April 1, 2013 by Dennis Maggart.

Healthcare Reform includes several provisions that apply to all groups, regardless of their size. One of the most important provisions for the food service industry is the new non-discrimination rules. Included in the PPACA requirements was the expansion of existing non-discrimination rules to small, fully-insured groups. These rules will have limited impact in some industries, but will have a significant

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PPACA Series: The Three Strategies for Healthcare Reform

March 19, 2013 by Dennis Maggart.

PPACA has been a very perplexing challenge for employers and their consultants since its passage in 2008. Simply by its size it created confusion and frustration for those who tried to grasp its many complex provisions and requirements. Since it dealt with nearly all aspects of our healthcare system, the interaction of each section and ultimately how employers, employees, carriers and healthcare

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PPACA Series: 3 Steps to Managing your Workforce

March 5, 2013 by Dennis Maggart.

In the previous articles we explained that the size of your workforce will be a key determinant in how troublesome your compliance will be under PPACA. If you have over 50 full-time equivalent employees you will be subject to potential Pay or Play penalties which could cost you tens of thousands of dollars. While this sounds scary, one of the unique aspects of PPACA provides an

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Would your restaurant benefit from a PR agency’s expertise?

March 1, 2013 by Stephanie Angelyn Casola.

As a public relations professional, agency life affords a wide variety of experiences. During my years in the field, I've had the opportunity to work with clients from high-profile restaurants, to award-winning breweries and nationally-recognized pizzerias. Though the services vary and are customized based on each clients’ needs, one thing remains constant: hiring the right public relations agency to

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PPACA Series: Ten new words you’ll need to know to understand healthcare reform

February 11, 2013 by Dennis Maggart.

Now that the chaos of court challenges and the election have subsided it’s time to get down to the task of living with PPACA. Some industries will have little problem with complying with the new healthcare reform rules, while other businesses (like restaurants) will see a quantum shift in how they run their operation. Those that adapt the quickest will be the winners.

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Understanding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

February 6, 2013 by Dennis Maggart.

I have been asked by ShiftNote to write a periodic blog series regarding healthcare reform. At first I was skeptical, while I had been working on healthcare reform issues and their impact on my clients I didn't know if this format would work for such a complex subject matter. I have been a health benefit consultant for over 30 years and have been focused on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care

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