Tax Reform Conferees Named

Congressional leaders have named the conferees from the US House and the US Senate who will work to narrow differences between the two different tax reform bills. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) signaled he is open to discussing major changes to the bill in conference, including whether to hike the corporate…

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NLRB Appointments, Again

That’s right, President Trump did recently provide a full 5-member complement of appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in addition to new NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb – but now has a new vacancy to fill, again. The term of current NLRB Chairman Philip Miscimarra is set to expire one week from tomorrow,…

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Rescinding Regulations

The new general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, management side attorney Peter Robb, is wasting no time before sinking his teeth into the regulatory meat of the Obama administration labor record. General Counsel Robb, who replaced Richard Griffin when his term expired last month, issued a memo to staff on the first of…

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And, Tip Pooling Too

It may not be in the purview of the National Labor Relations Board, but another Obama-era regulation is being rescinded by the “new sheriff in town”! The Trump administration has proposed rescinding the rule that prevents employers from including “back-of-house employees” in workplace tip pools, but only in businesses that pay the standard minimum wage.…

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Workplace Leave Heard in DC

Different versions of paid family leave have been cropping up in states and local venues around the country with increasing regularity and now the federal government is closer to getting in on the action. This week, the House Education and Workforce Committee held a public hearing on what it generally called “workplace leave” policies. Ostensibly,…

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New York Paid Leave is Nation’s Most Generous

It was actually signed into law by Governor Cuomo back in 2016, but within one month, the New York State Family Leave Law will take full effect. Beginning January 1, 2018, the state’s family leave program will provide New York employees with paid leave and job protection for a number of reasons including to care…

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Massachusetts Ballot Issues Advancing

The proponents are already claiming they’ve collected enough valid voter signatures in Massachusetts to put a couple of wage and paid leave proposals before the voters on the 2018 state ballot. The non-profit RaiseUp Massachusetts said last week that their wage ballot and paid leave measures each had more than double the required 64,750 valid…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin Brands will be presenting at the 2018 ICR Exchange Conference on January 8, 2017. This will be their first appearance at this event in three years and we would suspect it will feature Dave Hoffman as the senior presenting official, but that is somewhat speculative on our part. Notwithstanding, DDIFO’s financial analyst will be…

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Competitor News

For the better part of this week, Krispy Kreme was silent on whether the rumors that the company would lay off workers and move its headquarters from Winston-Salem to Charlotte, NC. Well, at long last, the JAB owned company acknowledged that it will lay-off 90 employees from its headquarters, which will remain in Winston-Salem, but…

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Miscellaneous

November restaurant sales have just been reported.  The survey’s QSR segment, in which some US DD units report, posted a nationwide positive same store sales result of +.7, totally driven by average ticket gains. National traffic was -2.0%. Northeastern same store sales results improved finally, to +1.8%, Midwest was -.7%, Florida was +.2% and South…

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