California Immigration Bill Uses Employers

There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth over President Trump’s goal of tightening immigration restrictions, but now a California Assemblyman is looking to put employers squarely in the middle of that battle. Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) has filed Assembly 450, “the Immigrant Worker Protection Act”, which is scheduled to be heard sometime…

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NYC Bans Salary History Questions

Mayor Bill de Blasio issued an Executive Order back in November 2016 that banned city agencies from asking for a salary history in employment interviews, but he needed a formal ordinance to impose the mandate on private employers. He got that ordinance this week on Wednesday when the New York City Council approved legislation extending…

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Independent Joe #42 February/ March

In some of its earliest iterations, it was referred to as yellow journalism. Back in the early days of this nation’s history, it manifested itself in so-called Pamphlets, where the writer would use a pseudonym and slander his political opponents with outrageous allegations – some having just a sliver of truth, others lacking even the…

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Why Athletes Love Dunkin’

For former NFL placekicker Kris Brown, knowing how to kick a football hard is just as important as knowing how to “kick butt and work hard,” which is the way he describes his second career as a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner. Brown, now 40, played 12 years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston…

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Franchisee Completes Circle by Returning to Root

Dennis Gramm knows Dunkin’. While the franchisee operates four stores in northwest suburban Chicago (with two more stores under construction), he also has a unique perspective amongst his peers, having spent 11 years on the corporate side of Dunkin’ Brands before becoming a franchise owner in 2007. “In the eyes of some of the legacy…

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Community Corner: Carl Andrade

Ask New Hampshire Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner Carl Andrade about Girls Inc., a local nonprofit that helps girls achieve their personal best, and he will have to fight off the tears. For the past decade, the organization has been close to Andrade’s heart. “Some girls are from single parents and some are from drug addicts,”…

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Baltimore Vetoes Minimum Wage; States Preempt

One could say business interests won a couple of battles this week on the issue of minimum wage increases across the country. First, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed a local ordinance that would have set a Baltimore minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2022. Maryland law provides that the current minimum of $8.75 increase…

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Florida Hearing Set for Tuesday

The delayed public hearing on the Protect Florida Small Business Act, which will restore some semblance of balance to the franchisee-franchisor relationship in Florida is now set for this coming Tuesday, April 4 between 4:00-6:00 PM in the state capitol in Tallahassee. The bill (SB 750) will be heard by the Florida Senate Committee on…

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More Minimum Wage Updates

It seems to be the issue that just won’t go away over the past few years, but there is still more updates on minimum wage hikes across the country. Out west, the Nevada Supreme Court remanded a minimum wage dispute back to the District Court in Las Vegas, but in the same ruling upheld the…

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