Unions Can Accompany OSHA During Inspections – CML Alert

We advised you of this issue in the March 28, 2014 Small Regular No Sugar when it first came to our attention, but it is important enough where we wanted to revisit it.  Our friends at Sesco Management Consulting have issued another advisory on an interpretation letter published by the Occupational Safety Hazard Administration (OSHA)…

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Grocery Manufacturers Association To Sue Vermont over GMO Bill

In what is no surprise to anyone who has watched the advancement of legislation in the Green Mountain state that mandates special labelling of all foodstuffs where any component contains a genetically modified organism, the Grocers Manufacturers Association announced plans recently to initiate litigation in federal court challenging the validity of the nation’s first such…

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NLRB Running Amok

In continuing a string of anti-business rulings, the National Labor Relations Board has again come down hard on standard business decisions, ruling recently that an employer’s enforcement of a workplace policy prohibiting employees from disseminating confidential information, such as personal or financial information violated the National Labor Relations Act and was therefore illegal.  The particular…

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21-Cent Debit Swipe Fee Upheld by Federal Appeals Court

 The US Appeals Court for the District of Columbia last week issued a 38 page decision upholding a Federal Reserve 2011 compromise which placed a 21 cent fee on debit swipes.  The fee replaced the previous 44-cent swipe fee and resulted from the 2010 Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection and Wall Street Reform law.

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McDonalds Sued On Overtime and Other Employee Allegations

Any members who aren’t too worried about whether or how the President’s overtime order should pay special attention to the fact that McDonalds was sued this week by a number of employees in California, Michigan and New York.  The class action lawsuits filed in both federal and state courts claimed that the “Golden Arches” were…

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Swipe Fee Settlement

We again remind our members and other Dunkin’ franchisees that the $5.7 Billion settlement between VISA and MasterCard and a number of merchant and trade organizations has been finalized by the US District Court.  The settlement stems from a 2005 class action lawsuit against the credit card giants on behalf of merchants regarding non-negotiable credit…

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Swipe Fee Settlement Finalized

Speaking of the CFA, we received a notice from them this week advising that the $5.7 Billion settlement between VISA and MasterCard and a number of merchant and trade organizations has been finalized by the US District Court.  The settlement stems from a 2005 class action lawsuit against the credit card giants on behalf of…

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US Supreme Court Denies Avis Appeal, Halcro Wins At Last

Just last month, the United States Supreme Court denied the final of many appeals filed by Avis Rent A Car against victorious 94 year-old Alaska Rent A Car franchise owner Robert Halcro.  His legal battles with Avis began back in 1973 while this final decision stems from a 2002 lawsuit he filed alleging  fraud, breach…

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“Charbucks” Beats Starbucks In Appeals Court Decision

A family-owned New Hampshire coffee roaster has prevailed in an 11 year old case of alleged trademark violation.  In Starbucks Corp et al v. Wolfe’s Borough Coffee d/b/a Black Bear Micro Roastery, the New York based 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Starbucks failed to prove that consumers would be confused by a…

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