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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Revenge ON the Machines

No, we didn’t use the wrong preposition, city officials in San Francisco are indeed targeting the machines, or more specifically those who use machines instead of employees. The idea of hitting employers that utilize technology and automation (read: robots) with additional taxes for making their businesses more efficient (at the cost of employee jobs) first…

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Joint Employer in the Crosshairs

The House’s  Workforce Protections subcommittee held a public hearing this week on the Save Local Business Act (HR.3441), a bill filed by Alabama republican Congressman Bradley Byrne and co-sponsored by 63 others even including a handful of democratic members. Notwithstanding the bipartisan support the bill has enjoyed, this memo from democratic congressional staff paints a…

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NLRB Appointment Updates

With the United States Senate back in session over one week now, we’re still awaiting its confirmation vote on NLRB nominee William Emanuel. Although Emanuel was nominated in June, one week after new NLRB member Marvin Kaplan (who was confirmed back in early August), his confirmation was stalled in the Senate due to his delay…

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