Minneapolis Blocks Wage Bill from Ballot

Last Friday, by a 10-2 vote, the Minneapolis City Council killed a minimum wage charter amendment that advocates planned to see on the November ballot.  The council majority agreed with the legal analysis of City Attorney Susan Segal that the measure did not meet legal requirements and that minimum wage mandates must be implemented by…

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Colorado Rocky Mountain High

The late John Denver only sang of a metaphorical “Rocky Mountain High” – post-legalized recreational marijuana, it seems far more tangible today! A ballot initiative in Boulder Colorado that would impose a tax of $.02 per ounce on sugary drinks sold within the city is being challenged by residents.  The city council approved placing the…

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Baltimore Minimum Wage Vote Set for Next Month

The Baltimore City Council is set to decide next month whether it will mandate a city minimum wage of $15 per hour.  Last week, the City Council’s Labor Committee unanimously voted to send the bill to the full council for a vote.  Council President “Jack” Young is staunchly opposed to a $15 minimum as a…

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Baltimore Exempts Small Business From Minimum Wage

She has said she won’t budge on a $15 per hour minimum wage bill she’s sponsored in Baltimore, so Councilwoman Mary Pat Clark introduced an amendment last week to exempt all businesses with 50 or fewer employees or less than $500,000 in gross annual revenue from the mandate.  Ostensibly, she is looking for a way…

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Minnesota Wages Rise on August 1

Although most of the states’ automatic minimum wage increases are effective on the first day of either January or July every year, there are exceptions and Minnesota is one of them.  The Gopher State has a two-tiered minimum wage, with the tier determined by the annual sales of a business.  Effective Monday, August 1, the…

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Miscellaneous

It can’t be the weather this time, but same store sales across the broader restaurant industry were flat during the month of June according to the latest Miller Pulse survey, released just last week.  The survey showed traffic had fallen across the board: quick service was off 1.3 percent for the month, while casual-dining dropped…

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What’s Brewing: Overtime rules, Wage Hikes, Salt

It would be an understatement to say these are challenging times for the restaurant business, and, in particular, for the quick service sector. In fact, Dunkin’ franchise owners find themselves in the midst of a veritable superstorm of new government-mandated overtime rules, minimum wage hikes, family-leave requirements and now “voluntary” sodium disclosures as well. Possibly…

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Tale of Two Platforms

For those of us who watched the Republican Convention this week and plan to watch the Democratic National confab beginning Monday, there are a couple of contrasting platform positions you might want to be aware of.  Last week, business media in Ohio reported that advocates were pushing both national parties to adopt a Change.org petition…

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What Have You Done For Me Lately?

As a case in point that minimum wage hikes are never enough, a few months ago, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney asked for businesses operating at the city-owned Philadelphia International Airport to raise the minimum pay for all full- or part-time workers there to $12 per hour.   After much negotiation, agreement was finally reached and new…

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Competitor News

It was reported this week that Starbucks is acquiring an ownership stake in Italian bakery Princi, with 4 locations in Italy and one in central London.  The company also made headlines this week when it announced that it was increasing wages across the board by 5% up to the manager level and adding further enhancements…

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