NLRB Charges Union with Violations

In a “man bites dog” story if ever there was one, the National Labor Relations Board filed charges last week against a California healthcare union, Service Employees International Union – United Healthcare Workers West!   The union is accused of forcing a nurse’s aide to pay dues without advising him of his right to opt out…

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But a Tiger Can’t Change Its Stripes

Just when you hope the NLRB is showing balance between labor and business, we learn of a decision they rendered in a Connecticut dispute (that was overturned by the federal court).  Our friends at Bennett Law Firm advised us this week that the DC Court of Appeals overturned the NLRB in a 5 year old…

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Hope on the Horizon?

He’s only in single digits in current polls, but I suspect Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker hit a responsive chord with business interests this week when he advised that “the NLRB is broken beyond repair.”  In releasing “Power to the People – not the Union Bosses – Plan”, Governor Walker who is running for the Republican…

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Congress Files to Overturn Joint Employer

Although it is likely an exercise in futility, Republican leaders in both the US Senate and the House have filed legislation seeking to overturn the National Labor Relations Board recent ruling validating the new definition of joint-employer.  Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions, along with Congressman…

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NLRB Authorizes Electronic Signatures

Speaking of the havoc the NLRB is wreaking on American small business, the NLRB general counsel last week issued a new guidance relating the signature gathering requirements for authorization of union election petitions.  General Counsel Richard Griffin advised that union advocates will no longer need to gather employee signatures on authorization cards to call for…

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Overtime Regulation Comments Submitted

As we reported to you last week, DDIFO was one of over a dozen different independent franchisee associations to sign on to the International Franchise Association comments in opposition to the new overtime threshold.  The Obama administration has essentially doubled the previous amount of salary below which an employee must be given overtime compensation.  In…

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NLRB Upholds New Joint Employer Rule

In a much-anticipated decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday declared war on small businesses across the country and on the franchise industry in particular by upholding the new expanded definition of joint-employer.  By a partisan vote of 3-2, the full Board ruled that Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) was a joint employer along with a…

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NLRB Pushes Forward with Joint-Employer

Originally, the notion of recasting the definition of “joint-employer” was floated as an opinion from the office of NLRB General Counsel.  Subsequently, General Counsel Richard Griffin formally charged McDonald’s Corp as a joint-employer in a number of labor disputes stemming from New York.  Last week, the new definition was formally adopted by the five-member National…

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Great Line-up Grows for 2015 National Conference

With the 2015 DDIFO National Conference just a bit over one month away, we’re excited about the amazing line-up of informative presentations in store for attendees.  A quick look at some of the presentations scheduled: “Conversation with Dunkin’ Franchisees” Rob Branca, Alex Smigelski, Parag Patel, Nicole Hansen and Mike Cavallo “Winning Habits That Make You…

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Federal Court Validates “Ambush Elections”

US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson for the District of Columbia validated the NLRB “ambush election” rules in her decision last week on a challenge brought before the DC court by the business community.  Judge Jackson characterized the challenge as a disagreement with “choices made by the agency entrusted by Congress with broad discretion…

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