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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Newsworthy NLRB

We realize we have been reporting quite regularly on the National Labor Relations Board lately, but the agency continues to generate news of import to small businesses – and this week is no exception. The agency is pursuing settlement of the high profile lawsuit it initiated against McDonalds back in 2015 over the joint-employer allegation.…

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Tip Pool Rule Comments

Those interested in the Department of Labor’s proposed new rule governing tip pooling have just over one more week to submit comments to DOL. The comment period, originally set to expire on January 3, was extended for another month and now expires one week from next Monday, on February 5, 2018. The changes overturn the…

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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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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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Competitor News

Starbucks had a very difficult reception on Wall Street to its sales and earnings narrative released yesterday. Q1 US same store sales was plus 2, all average ticket, and zero traffic gains from last year. They repeated a now familiar story of weak afternoon and evening business, and declining foot traffic of units inside some…

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What’s Brewing: NLRB, H-2B summer visas, Soda tax, Wages headed up, Sick leave

Good old 2017 ended with a bang, with the Trump Administration making good on its promises to axe a controversial ruling that Dunkin’ and other franchise owners have argued undermines the very foundations of franchising. The National Labor Relations Board has dumped the Obama-era joint-employer rule, which had sowed confusion and stirred fears of unionization…

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Forecasting 2018

As I sit here, just a few days before Christmas, I am watching the weather change outside my office window from relatively warm (for Minnesota), to downright cold. And like the weather, the one thing that we can always count on as the seasons change, is change in the political and legal landscape affecting business…

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Independent Joe #47 December 2017/January 2018

There is always a certain amount of fear and trepidation about the unknown. Think back to 1999 as we approached the turn of the millennium and the catastrophes that were forecast to accompany Y2K, as it was then known. To hear some tell it back then, computers were going to think the year was 1900,…

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Trump Fills NLRB Vacancy –

President Trump has nominated attorney John Ring, a partner in the global law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Brockius, to fill the final vacant slot on the National Labor Relations Board. The opening was created by the expiration of Philip Miscimarra’s term in December and his decision not to seek reappointment. Ring, co-chairman of the…

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