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This week on the Working Lunch podcast, the team from Align Public Strategies talks about the state of play of labor and what restaurant operators should expect.

Working Lunch: Congress and state legislators get serious about labor shortage

Discussions focus on tax incentives, government-funded hiring bonuses, other remedies

Congress and state legislators are beginning to get serious about the labor shortage facing employers. Discussions around tax incentives, government-funded hiring bonuses and other remedies are at the forefront of the conversation. This week on the Working Lunch podcast, the team from Align Public Strategies talks about the state of play of this important issue and what operators should expect.

Walmart is the latest company to get a visit from activist shareholders demanding change. This week, leading labor activist Rev. William Barber showed up in Bentonville, Ark. — where Walmart is based — demanding higher wages and worker protections. The team takes a look at how that played out.

CEO pay is increasingly being tied to diversity goals. This week a number of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, ran stories detailing the increasing pressure executives are under from institutional investors. Align Public Strategies dives right into that.

And to top it off, the podcast’s old friend Mike Whatley, vice president of state affairs and grassroots programs at the National Restaurant Association, stops by and discusses the NRA’s Blueprint for Rebuilding — a resource to help state and local policymakers as they look for ways to reinvigorate the industry in their states and towns. The podcast wraps up with the weekly legislative scorecard.

Align Public Strategies is a full-service public affairs and creative firm that helps corporate brands, governments and nonprofits navigate the outside world and inform their internal decision-making. This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of Nation's Restaurant News or Restaurant Hospitality.

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