Northeast Regional Member Meeting

Members will also want to plan on attending the Northeast Regional meeting to be held on March 5 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham, Mass.  DDIFO Restaurant Analyst John Gordon will be presenting important Wall Street insights and information on Dunkin’ as well as other major issues in the restaurant space. …

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“Joint Employer” Subject of Senate Hearing

The US Senate took a major first step into the “joint employer” debate last week when it held a hearing on the NLRB efforts to dramatically expand the longtime definition.  The hearing was held by the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, chaired by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN).  Earlier this year, Senator Alexander, along…

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Upcoming Member Meetings –

Later this month, we will be heading to Orlando, Florida for the Orlando District meeting on February 26 at the Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Studio City Hotel.   This program, which will also focus on ramifications of the Affordable Care Act, as well as the recent NLRB rulings and their impact on the franchising community,…

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Lawsuit Effort to Expand “Joint-Employer”

We’re all following the NLRB push to include franchisors as “joint employers” so as to ease unionizing efforts, but now comes a new fight to expand that definition.  Last week, 10 former employees of a Virginia McDonald’s restaurant filed a civil rights suit alleging racial harassment and discrimination against the franchisee, but the lawsuit also…

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In The CUE

In the wake of the strenuous push by the NLRB to assist organized labor’s efforts to unionize more workers in the private sector, and specifically, the QSR industry, we encourage you to consider one of two labor relations training sessions to be sponsored by CUE, An Organization for Positive Employee Relations. The events will be…

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NLRB Sued Over “Ambush” Election Rule

More news this week regarding the NLRB and its pro-labor advocacy has the agency being sued by a number of national business groups over the agency’s recent passage of the so-called “ambush election” ruling.  The ruling will lower the threshold for union organizing efforts within private sector companies by streamlining the process required and dramatically…

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Then They “Ambushed” Business

One day after their email ruling, the NLRB issued another doozy – this one, their final ruling on the “ambush” or “quickie” election, long sought by organized labor.  The new rule will effectively reduce, rather significantly, the amount of time an employer has to prepare for a union election.  The new rule provides that businesses…

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Meet the New NLRB, Same as the Old NLRB

Last year, in a unanimous opinion, the US Supreme Court struck down President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board as unconstitutional because the Senate was not in recess at the time (NLRB v Noel Canning).  Subsequently, an agreement was reached between the President and the leadership in the US Senate that would…

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Another Executive Order from Obama

Hot on the heels of the ruling by the NLRB General Counsel that McDonald’s is a “joint-employer” with its franchisees for purposes of employment law compliance, President Obama seemed to open up another front against businesses when he signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order this week.  Ostensibly, the Executive Order seeks to ensure that companies contracting…

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NLRB Rules Franchisor is Co-Employer

In an absolutely egregious decision rendered this week, the National Labor Relations Board continues its war against small business, ruling that McDonald’s is essentially a co-employer with its franchisees and hence, part and parcel to employment decisions – and missteps – at individual restaurants!  The decision was issued Tuesday by former labor official Richard Griffin, Jr.,  General Counsel for the…

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