Unions Ask To Step In for Government

Fearing that the Trump administration will abandon defense of the Obama error (oops, era) OSHA rule requiring employers to collect, maintain and self-report details on any and all injuries sustained by employees. The rule has been challenged by the National Association of Manufacturers and was vigorously defended by the Obama administration. Many speculate the defense…

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Up & Down on Minimum Wages

The issue of minimum wages was all over the lot this past week with the Supreme Court in Missouri ruling that the state local wage preemption bill doesn’t affect a wage bill in St. Louis, restoring the city’s minimum wage ordinance.  The St. Louis ordinance was passed just hours before the state preemption bill became…

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Philly Soda Tax More Than Doubles Estimate

Pennsylvania Revenue Department officials last week announced that the Philadelphia soda tax that became effective on January 1 of this year brought in over $5.7 million in new revenue. The soda tax receipts more than doubled the $2.3 million estimate provided by the Philadelphia Budget Office in the Quarterly City Manager’s Report. Monthly revenue projections…

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New York Correction

We’re glad to advise that the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) regulations we reported on last week regarding employers paying wages by debit cards or direct deposit have been revoked by the New York Industrial Board of Appeals. The regulations were to take effect next Tuesday, March 7, 2017 but now are no longer…

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Florida Franchising Bill Pending

As we have advised over the past few weeks, the Florida Protect Small Business Act, filed by Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Jason Brodeur, has been assigned to the Committee on Regulated Industries. Regretably, the bill has not yet been formally scheduled for a public hearing, and the Florida legislative session begins next Tuesday, March…

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CFA Day Forum In Two Weeks

The 2017 CFA Day Forum will be held the week after next at the Capitol Hill Hotel, March 15 – 16. The event, which allows franchisees the opportunity to speak directly to their elected representatives in Washington, will feature an address by Chairwoman Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, chair of the House Committee on Education…

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Competitor News

Not a surprise, but the latest news reports that Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder will step down from her post once the Atlanta-based chain is acquired by Burger King and Tim Horton parent company Restaurant Brands International. Elsewhere in the QSR space, McDonalds held its Investor Day Wednesday and was unusually candid in its outlook and…

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Miscellaneous

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) 2017 Forecast was published this week and it calls for generally modest real (i.e. transaction) growth in 2017 – 2.5% at limited service and 1.1% at full service restaurants. The restaurant sales growth rate has slowed greatly since the Great Recession, with the US Southeast and West being the highest…

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Calmer Seas for Acosta

For the past few months, we’ve reported regularly on the ups and downs of former Trump Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder and the ultimately successful effort to derail his appointment. Early indications are that the new nominee for the business-critical post, Alexander Acosta, (here is a story on his time on the National Labor Relations…

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Not a Moment Too Soon

It was reported this week that the Trump administration is looking at filling the two empty seats on the National Labor Relations Board soon, thereby creating a republican majority on the 5-member independent agency for the first time since 2008. The likely shift that a full complement of Directors would bring about could not be…

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