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Organizations Partner to Find Solutions to Implementing the Affordable Care Act
within the Restaurant and Food Service Industry

Washington, D.C. – The Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and the National Restaurant Association (NRA) have partnered to explore the challenges and complexities related to implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) within the restaurant and foodservice industry.

“The Global Social Enterprise Initiative is dedicated to working across sectors to find business solutions with both economic and social value,” said Bill Novelli, professor of the practice at Georgetown McDonough, and former CEO of AARP. “One of the greatest needs in the United States is access to affordable health care. Our work with the National Restaurant Association will address vital issues related to access for restaurant and food service workers and their families, and help ensure that NRA is doing all it can to support the industry as it implements the new health care law.”

“The National Restaurant Association has worked for more than three years to address the challenges the industry faces in implementing the health care law by actively participating in the regulatory process, advocating for flexibility, and asking Congress to make changes to the law before the employer requirements take effect,” said Dawn Sweeney, NRA president and CEO. “We also play an important role in educating restaurant and foodservice operators about the law as they address the needs of their workforce and explain team members’ options in accessing health care coverage. We are pleased to partner with Georgetown’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative as we continue our work to highlight solutions that would benefit restaurant employers and employees.”

The GSEI and NRA collaboration kicked off with a roundtable event featuring key stakeholders to both raise challenges and come up with solutions in implementing the ACA. The roundtable will inform the NRA’s approach in delivering tools, resources, and benefits to its members and the industry as a whole. Together, the two organizations will explore solutions to the implementation challenges through education, outreach, and exploration of product and service innovation.

With 13.1 million employees, the restaurant and foodservice industry comprises 10 percent of the U.S. workforce and is the second largest private sector employer in the nation. The industry’s unique characteristics – including a young, mobile and part-time workforce, coupled with a labor-intensive business model – make implementation of the heath care law more challenging than other industries.

About the National Restaurant Association

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 980,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 13 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry’s largest trade show (NRA Show May 17-20, 2014, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF’s ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids’ menu options. For more information, visit and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants,Facebook and YouTube.

About the Global Social Enterprise Initiative
The Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business aims to prepare current and future leaders to make responsible management decisions that yield both economic and social value. Through practical training for global business leaders, the initiative promotes transformative solutions to and impactful investments in the world’s significant challenges in health and well-being, economic growth, the environment, and international development. Learn more at or follow them on Twitter @GSEI_Georgetown.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business provides a transformational education through classroom and experiential learning, preparing students to graduate as principled leaders in service to business and society. Through numerous centers, initiatives, and partnerships, Georgetown McDonough seeks to create a meaningful impact on business practice through both research and teaching. All academic programs provide a global perspective, woven through the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in a way that is unique to Washington, D.C. – the nexus of world business and policy – and to Georgetown University’s connections to global partner organizations and a world-wide alumni network. Founded in 1957, Georgetown McDonough is home to some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive degree and open enrollment programs. Learn more at Follow us on Twitter @msbgu.