The Delta variant of COVID-19 is threatening to significantly disrupt the economy again just as the restaurant industry was showing signs of a meaningful recovery. And with the variant will come new public affairs and employee relations challenges for operators including masks, immunizations and potentially the return of dining restrictions — to name a few. This week, the team from Align Public Strategies looks at what might be in store for restaurant owners both operationally and reputationally as the virus makes a comeback.

Data continues to emerge on the impacts of supplemental unemployment benefits on the labor market. The team looks at the latest information and discusses what could lay ahead for operators.

A new study by researchers at Notre Dame and Penn State examines the potential link between the practice of tipping and the increased risks of sexual harassment. The team discusses how these findings could lead to more extensive research and potentially place tipping itself under more scrutiny.


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