Employment Law Traps Abound

Whether the NLRB remains in business or not, the plethora of traps that unwitting small businessmen and women can find themselves caught in shows no signs of shrinking. Here are a couple of issues to ponder. Under recent court rulings in both Connecticut and Massachusetts, employers may be sued for not making a reasonable accommodation…

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Protecting Franchisee Equity in California – and Beyond

Editor’s note: This month, Independent Joe offers an updated look at the legal impact from California’s Franchsie Relations Act, which has been covered extensively in this magazine. Franchise attorney Peter Lagarias provides this review of the statutory changes and how they affect Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners. The landmark California Franchise Relations Act (CFRA), which went…

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Good for the Goose, Not the Gander

As we’ve advised over recent months, under the banner of pay equity, many more cities and states have begun prohibiting employment questions about an applicant’s salary history and that ripple continues. Most recently, the state of Delaware has joined the list of those banning any salary history questions! But now comes California, which long ago…

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Miscellaneous

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is continuing its attacks on McDonald’s with its latest call for an investigation of the rents that the Golden Arches are charging their franchisees and the impact those rents may have on McDonalds workers in franchised locations. The union behind the “Fight for $15” effort has formally requested that the…

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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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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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Some Dates To Take Note Of

There are a couple of important dates upcoming that might have slipped under the radar and we want to be sure you are aware of them – for small business owners across the country, March 2, 2017 is the last date of the extended deadline for delivery of the 2016 Form 1095-C to your employees;…

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Tax it, Label it, Tether it!

In some ways, the state of California began the rush to apply additional punitive taxes to customers who buy “sugary beverages” when Berkeley voters passed a measure to apply a $.01 cent per ounce tax on purchase in 2014. Since that time, no fewer than 4 other communities in the Golden State have enacted it…

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Legalized Marijuana

With more states legalizing the use of marijuana, both medical and recreational, it is becoming more and more of an issue that small business owners need to brush up on. Colorado and Washington started the joint, errh, ball rolling, back in 2012 when voters authorized recreational use of the drug.  Since that time, 6 other…

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