NLRB Guidance on Employee Handbooks

Just a week or so ago, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Peter Robb sent a new guidance memo out to regional directors across the country advising how the new employee handbook standard should be applied. The memo summarizes each of three categories of rules in which the provision in question should be placed…

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OSHA Inspections Up Under Trump

In what may seem a surprise to some, the number of official workplace inspections conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the Trump administration is higher than those conducted under President Obama’s administration. But, the number of enforcement actions pursued as a result of those inspections has decreased. Earlier this week, left-leaning…

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Seattle Repeals “Head Tax”

The city of Seattle responded to the stoppage of business expansion by corporate giant Amazon.com by voting to repeal the $275 per employee “head tax” the municipality had just adopted only a few weeks ago (on May 14). Amazon had stopped construction of a new building just 2 weeks before the council voted the tax…

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Missouri Governor Signs Right to Work, Resigns

Hard to find the right category to put this one in, but former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed a right to work bill (HB.1413) into law in the “Show Me” state, then officially resigned as governor in the face of a long-simmering sex and corruption scandal. Greitens, who was a pro-business leader in Missouri, was…

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Vermont Enacts Sexual Harassment Law

In the wake of the #MeToo Movement, the state of Vermont has become one of the first states in the country to simplify the process for workers to remain with their employer or return to the company after settling a sexual harassment claim. Independent Governor Philip Scott signed the bill into law at the beginning…

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Massachusetts Pay Equity Law Starts July 1

Beginning on the first of next month, a new revision of the existing Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA) goes into effect and business owners need to be aware of its provisions. The changes establish tough new penalties for employers who violate pay equity in the Commonwealth, including twice the amount of unpaid wages owed –…

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Et Tu, North Dakota?

Of all places to look at increasing the state minimum wage, advocates in North Dakota have been collecting signatures to bump the minimum up to $15 per hour (currently, it is $7.25). Fortunately however, with just less than a month to collect a total of 13,452 signatures, the effort holds out little hope of success.…

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As I Say, Not As I Do

Union supporter and candidate in the democratic primary for Congress from the 27th District in Florida, David Richardson hopes to replace retiring republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and has pointed to his strong support for unionization as one tenet of his campaign. In fact, Richardson promises that if elected, he will “oppose efforts that are anti-union…

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Thank You For the DDIFO Conference

We want the thank the many Dunkin’ franchise owners who joined us in the Big Easy – New Orleans, Louisiana – earlier this week for our 8th annual DDIFO National Conference. The event again was a great success, with outstanding presentations on an array of current issues, great camaraderie amongst all the franchisees, exceptional support…

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NLRB Joint Employer Rule Coming

Earlier this week, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chairman John Ring made it clear that the agency will clarify its position on the joint employer issue sometime this summer. There has been discussion about how and when the agency would undo the Obama rule that dramatically expanded the definition of joint employer and cast a…

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