Hurricanes Aren’t the Only Things Brewing in the Outer Banks

Some people will do just about anything to get their morning cup of Dunkin’ Donuts brew. Gregory Nigro opened his own shop. And not in an easy location: he opened his Dunkin’ in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a place known for being buffeted by hurricanes, nor’easters and other foul weather that can make…

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Kentucky Could Be #26

Exactly one half of all states in the country, 25 states, are officially “right-to-work” states and now, the odds are that Kentucky could become #26 with last week’s election of right-to-work supporter Matt Bevin as Kentucky Governor.  Bevin ran on a platform that staunchly supported enacting right to work laws in Kentucky.  “Right-to-work” laws allow…

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Minimum Wages Cutting Both Ways

In Kansas City, the city council approved a city minimum wage, notwithstanding the general assembly passing a ban on local minimum wages.  The statewide bill is still in limbo however, as it was vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon earlier this month.  The General Assembly is expected to take a vote on overriding his veto in…

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Louisiana Clarifies Joint-Employer Definition

At least in the Pelican State, an employee of the franchise owner will be an employee of the franchise owner – and not of the franchisor!  The Louisiana legislature last week passed HB 464 and sent the bill to Governor Bobby Jindal for his approval.  Jindal, who is contemplating a run for the GOP Presidential…

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Kentucky, Kalifornia?

I had to read it a couple of times to be sure I got it right, but unfortunately, I had.  The state of Kentucky, home of GOP Presidential Candidate Senator Rand Paul and US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, became the latest to mandate arbitrary $10.10/hour minimum wage for some of its employees!  Governor Steve…

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Tennessee Law Blocks “Joint-Employer”

Fortunately, a number of states are not letting the out-of-control NLRB get too far out of line within their state borders.  Two weeks ago today, Tennessee took the lead when Governor Bill Haslam signed into law legislation (SB 0475 and HB 0757) clarifying that employees of franchisees cannot be considered employees of the franchisor for…

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Florida County Passes Wage Theft Ordinance

Florida’s Osceola County, which includes the cities of Kissimmee, St. Cloud and Buenaventura Lakes, has passed an ordinance that provides for recovery of wage theft and underpayment of wages claims to be resolved without going through Florida courts.  The ordinance, approved on a 4 -1 vote, is based on a similar one in Miami-Dade County,…

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Texas Seeks To Limit Joint-Employer Ruling

The Texas State Legislature does not want to see the NLRB redefine the role of a franchisor in the context of joint-employer status and is advancing legislation that will specifically exclude a franchisor from that category within the Lone Star State!  SB 652 was favorably reported out of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and…

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What’s Brewing: Fair Franchising, Obamacare, Wage Hikes, Labor Pains

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners looking for some basic protections for their businesses may soon have legislation to rally around in a number of states across the country. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania and California, among other states, are poised to take up the fair-franchising cause as spring legislative seasons kick into gear. While the bills vary in…

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Navy Pilot Turned Franchisee Says Business Soaring in Carolina

Pete Turner has spent a good portion of his life flying high. As a Navy pilot and flight instructor who operated SH-60B Seahawk attack helicopters off naval destroyers and the twin-engine Super King Air from shore, Turner logged more than 3,400 hours in the Persian Gulf and Western Pacific. He was also stationed at Whidbey…

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