Sugary Drink Taxes Spreading

Illinois and Massachusetts are just the two most recent states that are now considering some kind of new tax on sugary drinks. Illinois Senate Bill 9 would apply a new penny-per-ounce tax on any beverage containing 5 or more grams of sugar that is sold in the state. The tax, which is being viewed as…

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Missouri Tees Up Right to Work

Missouri is poised to soon become the 28th right-to-work state in the nation. The Show Me state’s House of Representatives debated a right-to-work bill on the House floor this week and gave the measure initial approval Wednesday. HB 91 would free union non-members from any legal obligation to pay fees to a union that bargains…

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Court Orders Wage Plan to Ballot

Right to work isn’t the only issue generating news in Missouri as this week the state Supreme Court ordered Kansas City to put a minimum wage initiative that could ultimately lead to a $15 minimum wage on the municipal ballot.  Missouri law preempts local communities from establishing their own minimum wages higher than that of…

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Court Strikes Local Right to Work Law

Well, we now have competing federal court decisions on the question of whether local communities and counties can establish their own right to work laws. This week, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois struck down a local right-to-work law adopted by the town of Lincolnshire, approximately 30 miles north of Chicago.…

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Of Wages & Taxes

The Cleveland minimum wage hike that was planned for a May 2, 2017 vote on a referendum but was sidelined by the Ohio legislature and governor agreeing on pre-emption has been officially withdrawn. Organizers and petitioners with the SEIU-funded advocacy front Raise Up Cleveland are still lamenting that the petition to hike the minimum wage…

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Ohio Governor Stops Cleveland $15 Wage Vote

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law this week a bill to block a special election question on raising the minimum wage in Cleveland to $15 an hour.  We told you a few weeks ago that the Ohio legislature was moving the bill through the process quickly to get it to the Governor by the…

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Labor Wants “Do-over” on Right to Work Challenge

The United Auto Workers and other unions asked the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals last week to rehear their challenge to Hardin County, Kentucky’s right-to-work ordinance. As we reported just two weeks ago, the 6th Circuit upheld the county law and by extension, several others throughout Kentucky (which is the only southern state that has…

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Ohio House Blocks Local Minimum Wage

It is a completely different story out in the Buckeye state as the Ohio House of Representatives has already passed a measure that would block the city of Cleveland (and other cities throughout the state) from voting on a ballot initiative to create a $15/hour minimum wage within Cleveland.  That minimum wage ballot initiative, pushed…

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What’s Brewing: Minimum Wage, Fair Scheduling, Sick Leave, New Mandates

Election Day may have come and gone, but don’t expect big changes soon, especially when it comes to the bottom-line issues that matter most to franchise owners. While the national election is crucial for determining our country’s overall direction, pocketbook issues like the big three of minimum wage hikes, sick leave benefits, and scheduling mandates…

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Independent Joe #40 Oct/Nov

If there was one theme that ran throughout the recent DDIFO National Conference held at Foxwoods Resort Casino, it was “Be vigilant.” The theme framed discussions on franchising, government relations, Dunkin’ Brands’ new franchise agreement and the competitive landscape facing QSRs like Dunkin’ Donuts. And while some speakers presented the theme in more desperate terms…

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