Massachusetts Pregnancy Protections

Effective Sunday, April 1, a new law in Massachusetts expressly prohibits discrimination against employees who are pregnant or experiencing pre- and/or post-birth pregnancy related medical needs. Known as the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, the law immediately requires employers to provide their employees with notice of the act in writing by April 1, 2018 – a…

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Pay Equity Laws

On Monday of this week, the New Jersey Legislature gave overwhelming final approval to a gender pay equity bill that will be one of the strongest in the nation. Governor Phil Murphy (D) is expected to sign the measure, NJ A1/S104. The act will prohibit unequal pay for ‘substantially similar work’ and provides that employees…

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Minimum Wage Roller Coaster

An increase in the Louisiana minimum wage suffered the same fate as pay equity legislation when the senate voted down a bill that would have increased the state minimum wage to $8 in 2019 and $8.50 in 2020. Louisiana is one of only 5 states that do not have a state minimum and hence, defer…

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Dunkin’ Doings

With the Boston Marathon rapidly approaching, Dunkin’ Donuts unveiled this week a new product with which it had teamed with another Massachusetts-based company, Saucony footwear company. Together this week they launched the Saucony X Dunkin Kinvara 9 running sneaker. The limited-edition footwear is replete with Dunkin’s pink and orange colors as well as the company…

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Competitor News

Tim Horton’s hasn’t given up the fight with its own franchise owners notwithstanding that their sales have continued to fall in the US as well as across Canada. Earlier this month, parent Restaurant Brands International advised franchisees in a conference call that franchise owners would be expected to remodel and update their restaurants to the…

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Omnibus Bill Muddies Tip Pools; Hikes DOL, NLRB Budgets

The Omnibus spending bill, unveiled by Congressional negotiators Wednesday and passed by the House yesterday, includes a number of provisions relevant to pending labor issues. Of primary concern is a so-called compromise provision on the tip pooling issue that in actuality is potentially devastating to small businesses. The compromise, which was authored by Senator Patty…

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Butter/Margarine Class Action Suits

We are aware that numerous Massachusetts Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees have had filed against them civil class action lawsuits involving the alleged use of margarine or other butter substitutes.  We further understand that the lawsuits allege Massachusetts franchisees placed margarine or another butter substitute on customers’ baked products when the customer specifically asked for “butter”. We…

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NLRB, McDonald’s Settle Joint Employer Suit

Although still subject to acceptance by the Administrative Law Judge, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and McDonald’s Corporation have reached a tentative agreement that brings a 2014 lawsuit initiated by the Obama NLRB to a close. The tentative settlement, the terms of which have not been disclosed, does not include any admission of wrongdoing…

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Ambush Election Comment Period Extended Again

For the second time, the NLRB has extended the timeline for public comment on the agency’s December Request for Information (RFI) regarding the Board’s 2014 decision changing union election processes.  Those changes dramatically reduced the amount of time for an employer to allow a union representation election. The RFI asks whether the ambush election regulation…

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DDIFO National Conference

It is a much shorter window this year with the DDIFO National Conference being held in New Orleans on June 11 & 12, 2018 so as not to conflict with the Dunkin’ convention in the Fall. We will officially open both the Conference Registration as well as the hotel reservation link to reserve your room…

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