“Fair Workplace” Movement

The phrase has its roots in New York City, but now so-called “fair workplace” bills are under serious consideration in the state of Connecticut as well as the city of Philadelphia. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announced his support for a slate of “fair workplace” bills that includes expanding the state’s paid family and medical leave…

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Sinking Tip Pools

Congressional democrats have introduced a bill that would prohibit employers from retaining any tips regardless of internal pooling policies and would further mandate that all tips would be considered the property of employees. The bill has received the verbal support of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta along with other key republicans. In DC, the Board of…

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CFA Day Scheduled for May 9

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) has confirmed its annual CFA Day in Washington, DC for May 9. The 2018 CFA Day is a golden opportunity to unite with franchisees from 17 different brands in various industries from across the United States to learn about pressing legislative issues and advocate for franchisee issues before members…

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Competitor News

McDonalds CFO presented at the Bank of America Consumer Conference this week and gave much interesting information. Breakfast is their weaker daypart in terms of sales growth currently, down slightly, while lunch and dinner were up. Delivery is proving to be incremental sales and profit dollars thus far, despite commissions paid. Profitable delivery was associated…

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DOL Launches Self-Reporting Wage Error Pilot

The US Department of Labor is certainly taking a different approach to resolution of wage disputes with a new pilot program the department announced this week. DOL announced the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program on Tuesday of this week as a vehicle that will be operated by the Wage and Hour Division to help…

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EEO-1 Deadline is March 31

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has opened the portal for filing of the 2017 Employer Information Report (EEO-1 Survey) with a reporting deadline of March 31, 2018. We would advise our subscribers that there is a change in the way this year’s report is to be completed in that employers who “regularly report” to client…

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Labor Market Getting Tighter

Our members often lament the difficulties they encounter in trying to hire and retain good workers in a tight labor market. Well, it seems the labor market is only getting tighter as Labor Department figures released last week showed unemployment claims for the week ended February 24 had decreased by 10,000 claims to 210,000. That…

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SBA Regulatory Reform Schedule

The Small Business Administration (SBA) keeps marching ahead under President Trump’s orders to find and eliminate regulatory burdens on small businesses. The agency has held a number of Regulatory Reform hearings around the country over the past year and continues to schedule the public forums. Upcoming Regulatory Reform hearing, at which small business men and…

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Hitting (or Missing) A Moving Target

Well, we tried and missed again on projecting a formal vote on the nomination of attorney John Ring to the final vacancy on the National Labor Relations Board. As we told you last week, the Senate Health Education Labor & Pensions Committee (HELP) held its confirmation hearing on the nomination last week and scheduled its…

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NLRB Asks For Court Review

Speaking of the NLRB, in the wake of it vacating its decision in the Hy-Brand case two weeks ago which restored the expansive definition of joint-employer, it has asked the DC Court of Appeals to resurrect its judicial review of the Browning-Ferris decision. You will recall that Browning-Ferris was working its way through the courts…

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