House Puts Joint-Employer in Crosshairs

The US House Education and Workforce Committee moved the ball closer to the goal line of repealing the NLRB joint employer ruling with a hearing earlier this week on the risks imposed by the new expanded definition. The committee took testimony from a number of opponents of the expanded rule and in the wake of…

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Senate Hears NLRB Nominees

Just one day after the aforementioned joint-employer hearing, the US Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions took their turn. Yesterday, the Committee formally considered the nomination of two individuals put forward by President Trump to fill the final two empty seats on the National Labor Relations Board. Nominees Marvin Kaplan, a counselor at…

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Trump Paid Leave Not Enough for Some

Just last week, we advised of a concerted effort by first daughter and senior presidential advisor Ivanka Trump to win approval of a national paid leave policy offering up to six weeks of paid leave for all employees in the nation. The Trump proposal, which would be paid for with state unemployment insurance funds, “doesn’t…

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Court Upholds Restraining Order on Soda Tax

Early this week, an Illinois appeals court upheld a temporary restraining order issued a few weeks ago against the 1 cent per ounce Cook Country soda tax. In response, county officials threatened as many as 1,100 country employees would be laid off as a result of the decision. The new tax was projected to raise…

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Wisconsin Right To Work Upheld by Court

Right to Work advocates around the country got another win yesterday when the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeal in Chicago upheld the Wisconsin right to work law. The ruling came in a challenge to the law brought by two local affiliates of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) against the Wisconsin law. The…

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CFA Webinar on July 26

A few months back, the North American Securities Administration (NASAA) added some requirements on the part of franchisors making certain Item 19 Financial Performance Representations. As a result, effective May 8th of this year, franchisors are required to made those representations more transparent and less susceptible to manipulation. To keep you aware of these important…

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DDIFO Hall of Fame Nominations

The 2017 DDIFO Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Luncheon will be held on October 31 in conjunction with the DDIFO National Conference at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut – and all nominations must be submitted by the end of this month.  DDIFO members are encouraged to visit the Hall of Fame Nomination…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin Brands has named the National DCP as their 2016 partner of the year at the 11th annual Dunkin’ Brands Franchisee & Enterprise Awards ceremony held earlier this year in Boston. The National DCP, Dunkin’s Georgia-based franchisee-owned supply cooperative, has received a number of other awards for supply cooperatives recently as well, including being named…

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Competitor News

With sales sluggish and flatter across much of the QSR sector, Starbucks is expanding its use of nitrogen-infused coffee as one of the lures to spike higher customer counts and comparable sales. The foamy brew will not yet be in all Starbucks markets, but it is being expanded both nationally as well as in the…

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Good News, Bad News on Labor Front

With the tight employment market, many franchisees have advised of the difficulties they’re encountering with getting sufficient help to keep their stores fully staffed and running smoothly. Well, there appears to be some relief on the way as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent a new H-2B Rule to the Office of Management and…

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