Emanuel Closer to NLRB Post, Robb Nominated

NLRB nominee William Emanuel moved another step closer to Senate confirmation this week when the US Senate approved a closure motion on a party-line vote of 49-44 with several Senators already absent for the Rosh Hashanah holiday. Emanuel was nominated back in June for the fifth and final open NLRB slot. His formal confirmation vote…

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Has NAFTA Gone Union?

One has to wonder how Canada can presume to dictate individual labor policies for states in other countries, but that is precisely what our neighbor to the north is looking to do! At meetings earlier this month to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian negotiators demanded the United States enact federal legislation…

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Court OKs Right to Work

Speaking of right to work, the Badger State became the 25th state in the Union to adopt right-to-work back in 2015, but implementing the law has been a non-stop battle in Wisconsin ever since. The law has been challenged in both the federal and state courts and at this point, has prevailed in both. In…

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Sick Leave Still Spreading

The state level push to add, and in some cases expand existing, paid sick and family leave benefits for workers continued over the past few weeks with California expanding its already-generous family leave law and Rhode Island legislators approving up to 5 sick days leave on an annual basis. California lawmakers sent Governor Jerry Brown…

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Minimum Wage Watch

The seemingly endless increases in minimum wages continued over the past few weeks with the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor announcing the federal contractor minimum will increase to $10.35 per hour beginning on January 1, 2018. In addition, the minimum for tipped employees will increase to $7.25 an hour, also…

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After Irma

In the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in many parts of the state of Florida, we noted the Florida Governor Rick Scott last week launched an interest-free bridge loan program for Florida businesses in the 67 counties affected by the massive storm. The program, which will be run by the Florida Department…

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SBA Head McMahon Addresses CFA

Speaking of the Small Business Administration, the agency’s administrator Linda McMahon will address the Coalition of Franchisee Associations at the CFA Lobby Day and Forum Legislative Luncheon in Washington DC later next month. The CFA event is usually held in March of each year, but was snowed out earlier in 2017 and rescheduled for October…

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DDIFO National Conference

We’re just 5 weeks away now from the DDIFO National Conference at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut and you’re going to want to register soon. The DDIFO Room Block with rooms in the Pequot Tower available for $129 single or double occupancy is filling up fast and will close on October 9.…

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Tim’s Troubles

Restaurant Brands (RBI) CFO Josh Kozba presented this week in Toronto and delivered some rarely heard Tim’s US and Canada color. By background, the Tim’s franchisee association continues to litigate over alleged misuse of marketing fund issues. The issue of upset Tim’s franchisees was the very first question out of the gate (reinforced by local…

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With Sympathies

It was with a heavy heart that we read about the tragic motor vehicle accident last week that took the life of Dunkin’ franchisee Jerry Burke. Jerry and his brother Tom operate a successful network of Dunkin’ stores in upstate New York. We offer our prayers and condolences to his family and many friends.

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