Florida Franchisee Protection Bill Advances

The Senate Committee on Regulated Industries in the Florida legislature passed the Small Business Parity Act out of committee by a vote of 5-4 earlier this week. The bill (SB 1076) is similar but more limited than the 2017 Florida Small Business Protection Act, which also was passed by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee but…

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Right to Work, The Next Level

Last week, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill that would decertify public service unions whose dues-paying membership falls below 50%. Exempting unions that represent police officers, prison guards and firefighter, the bill (HB25) would cover all other public employee unions. The bill is considered a long shot to become law, especially in the…

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Soda Tax Stories

The soda tax, one of the more recent schemes to extract money from the public is headed for two court appearances, one in California and the other in Pennsylvania, while the Philadelphia tax generated over $13 million less than projected for the year. At the end of the calendar year, the city of Philadelphia actually…

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Minimum Wages on Tap Again

Notwithstanding that a number of companies have announced bonus payments and increased minimum wages as a result of the aforementioned Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, there are a host of minimum wage bills being proposed in different and states. First, the Cleveland City Council approved public service contracts with a minimum wage of $15/hour for…

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Man Bites Dog!

Not really, but I didn’t want this item lost in the above paragraph! Maine, which raised the state minimum wage this month to $10/hour on its way to $12 by 2020, is now considering legislation, LD1757, that would drop the 2018 wage to $9.50/hour in July. The increase was mandated after a voter initiative was…

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Kentucky Judge Tosses Right to Work Suit

The on-again, off-again right-to-work law in the state of Kentucky is back in play after a state court judge tossed out the latest challenge brought by the state AFL-CIO and Teamsters Union. The law prohibits the collection of mandatory fees from non-union members under the guise of the unions representing the interests of members and…

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Ed Wolak’s Successful 5-Decade Journey

Ed Wolak was a teen when his mom applied for a job at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Manchester, New Hampshire. “It was a new business to us. No one knew it was a chain,” says Wolak. His mom worked part-time at the location for a few years, and encouraged her daughter to apply. “My sister…

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The Community is Her Business

When people come into Pat Barnett’s Dunkin’ Donuts shops, they are likely to see something they don’t see in other coffee shops or quick service restaurants. Barnett hires people some might consider unemployable, people with disabilities that may overshadow their abilities. “I hire them so they can feel good about themselves,” she says. “I want…

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Maryland Overrides & Adopts Paid Leave

We advised as recently as last week that Maryland could be next up in mandating paid sick leave for private employees and that caution became reality last week. The Maryland state senate followed the lead of the House of Delegates and overrode the veto of Governor Larry Hogan on legislation mandating paid sick leave for…

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SCOTUS Rejects Other Joint Employer Case

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) missed an opportunity to put the issue to bed once and for all this week when the court announced that it would not take up a case addressing whether DirecTV is a joint employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act. By rejecting the Petition for a Writ…

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