Independent Joe #35 December/ January

After enduring weeks of holiday messages and late-night comedians’ jokes about New Year’s resolutions, now is the time people decide just what they will accomplish in 2016. Jokes about losing weight, getting in shape or giving up bad habits can yield some laughs, but they often don’t result in action. Still, it’s important to look…

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California Fair Franchise Celebration

This week the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) will gather in Sacramento for its quarterly Board meeting and to celebrate the signing of the California Franchise Relations Act with a reception on the evening of January 6.  If you would like to attend, contact Misty Chally, Coalition of Franchisee Associations, at 202-416-0270.  We also remind…

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Miscellaneous

Last week, the US Census Bureau issued its annual report on population estimates and trends from July, 2014 to July 2015.  According to the report, the US population increased by 0.79 percent to 321.4 million people (that’s a lot of coffee!). North Dakota (+2.3%) was the fastest-growing state for the fourth consecutive year, while the…

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More Precedent from Seattle

From the city that first hallucinated wisdom in a $15/hour minimum wage comes a new effort to help union recruitment as the City of Seattle City Council unanimously approved an ordinance extending collective bargaining rights to drivers from taxi and app-based transportation companies.  According to the National Labor Relations Act, certain independent contractors do not…

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California Fair Franchise Celebration

We remind you that the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) along with other supporters will celebrate the signing of the California Franchise Relations Act with a reception in Sacramento on January 6.  The event will be held at Cafeteria 15L from 5:30 – 7 PM.  If you would like to attend, contact Misty Chally, Coalition…

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California Fair Franchise Celebration

Should any franchise owners be in California just after the New Year, you may want to consider joining the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) in Sacramento on January 6 to celebrate the signing of the Franchise Relations Act.  We will celebrate this accomplishment at Cafeteria 15L from 5:30 – 7 PM with some of the…

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Minimum Wage Issues Still Percolating

Minimum wage initiatives, another issue that was initially surfaced by President Obama, continue to make headlines in states and cities across the country.  Just this past week, the Urban County Council for Lexington, Kentucky voted to raise the minimum wage in the city from the current federal floor of $7.25/hour to a minimum of $10.10,…

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Tax Foundation Releases State Tax Report

In a perfect follow-up to the above story on the Governor’s take on New York businesses, the Tax Foundation released the 2016 State Business Tax Index this week, with New York coming in 2nd last in the country!  The index, which is released annually, measures how well states structure their tax systems as relates the…

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Employers Prevail in Medical Marijuana Case

Recently, the Colorado Supreme Court unanimously held that employers are still allowed to prohibit employee marijuana use and terminate employees who test positive for cannabis despite state law permitting its recreational and medicinal use. In Coats v Dish Network, the Court issued an employer-friendly opinion that could have wide-ranging implications for employers around the country.…

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