President Gets Right To Work

He’s just been in office one week, but President Trump wasted no time implementing some of his campaign promises and otherwise shaking up the Washington landscape. On Inauguration Day last week, one of his first Executive Orders was a blanket freeze on all new or pending federal regulations. Essentially, the order immediately halted any lingering…

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Switching Chairs

Just last week, we advised readers of the scheduled term expirations for the members of the National Labor Relations Board, and the importance of the President filling vacancies on the Board.  In that vein, you’ll recall that the first to expire is the republican member Philip Miscimarra (December, 2017). Well, the power within the current…

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Puzder Hearing on For February 2

Lastly on the national front, we want to again urge our readers to lend their support to President Trump’s nomination of Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants (parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s), as Secretary of Labor. His nomination hearing will be held next Thursday, February 2 before the US Senate Committee on Health,…

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Right To Work Laws Clear More Hurdles

And, in the northeast of all places! The New Hampshire state Senate passed right to work legislation this week (albeit by just 1 vote) and sent the bill on to the republican-controlled House of Representatives for its deliberation. If the bill wins House approval, newly elected Republican Governor Chris Sununu will sign the bill into…

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Maryland Another Battleground

They’re not about right to work, but there’s more battles brewing in Maryland over minimum wages and paid sick leave mandates. First off, Montgomery County Executive officer Isiah Leggett vetoed a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour by 2020 that the County Council passed by a vote of 5-4 last week. Leggett had expressed…

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Sugary Drink Taxes Spreading

Illinois and Massachusetts are just the two most recent states that are now considering some kind of new tax on sugary drinks. Illinois Senate Bill 9 would apply a new penny-per-ounce tax on any beverage containing 5 or more grams of sugar that is sold in the state. The tax, which is being viewed as…

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Pay Equity Issues

After having saddled Philadelphia retailers with that onerous sugary drink tax last year, Mayor Jim Kenney signed an ordinance into law this week that bans employers from asking job applicants about their salary history.  The law, which also has been adopted by a host of other cities and a handful of states, is known as…

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CFA Lobby Day and Forum Registration Open

The annual CFA event on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on March 15 – 16, 2017 at the Capitol Hill Hotel, is shaping up as another exceptional program. The day will begin with an opening address and an Attorney Roundtable with many of the premier franchisee attorneys in the country speaking on a number of…

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Miscellaneous

The franchise industry is expected to continue its record growth throughout 2017. According to the Franchise Business Economic Outlook for 2017 released this week by the International Franchise Association, the industry is projected to grow by $35 billion to top out at $710 billion by the year-end. Speaking of the IFA, we want to congratulate…

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Independent Joe #41 December 2016/January 2017

If there was one theme that ran throughout the recent DDIFO National Conference held at Foxwoods Resort Casino, it was “Be vigilant.” The theme framed discussions on franchising, government relations, Dunkin’ Brands’ new franchise agreement and the competitive landscape facing QSRs like Dunkin’ Donuts. And while some speakers presented the theme in more desperate terms…

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