Unions Taking Over Federal Government

Notwithstanding the fact that union membership in private sector places of employment is at its lowest level since the organized labor movement took hold last century, the present administration in Washington is doing all within their power to expand and embolden labor unions across the country.  Many of you may have read where the National…

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CMLs and Others Beware

We also learned this week of the true meaning of a small ‘OSHA regulatory clarification‘ implemented last year by the Obama administration whereby a “third-party who is not an employee of the employer (such as an industrial hygienist or a safety engineer)” may accompany an OSHA inspector on his/her official inspections of private employment sites. …

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21-Cent Debit Swipe Fee Upheld by Federal Appeals Court

 The US Appeals Court for the District of Columbia last week issued a 38 page decision upholding a Federal Reserve 2011 compromise which placed a 21 cent fee on debit swipes.  The fee replaced the previous 44-cent swipe fee and resulted from the 2010 Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection and Wall Street Reform law.

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Connecticut Advances Fining Those Not Paying “Predetermined Wages”

On a 7-3 vote this week, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employee Committee released HB 5069 with a favorable report to the House Floor.  The bill provides that any employer with 500 or more employees or “any franchisor whose franchisees, collectively, directly employ at least five hundred employees in the state” and does…

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Website Solicits Wage Theft Stories

Now, in the wake of the numerous class action lawsuits against McDonald’s and a number of its franchisees, a group of employees along with their allies conducted protests in dozens of cities around the country.  In addition, another group calling itself “Low Pay is Not OK” has launched a website, www.robbedonthejob.org, where they solicit employee…

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New Jersey Moves Paid Sick Leave Bill

We are also informed that the New Jersey Assembly has advanced A 2354, a proposal that will mandate paid sick leave for private sector employees throughout the Garden State.  The initiative comes in the wake of New Jersey’s two largest cities passing their own paid sick leave laws – both Jersey City and Newark have…

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Coffee Prices Volatile Again

With rain easing the drought that has plagued Brazil over the past few months, coffee prices have gotten back on the roller coaster for a ride with the most pronounced swing in prices of the past ten years.  Coffee futures surged some 89% in 2014 to March 12, but have since fallen 16%. Still, coffee…

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Mid-Atlantic Meeting in Newark on April 9

Again, we remind franchise owners in the Mid-Atlantic region of the important meeting coming up on April 9 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport.  The meeting will feature Attorneys Pat McGovern and John Vreerland, both partners in the noted New Jersey firm of Genova, Burns, Giantomasi, Webster speaking on Affordable Care Act implementation…

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San Diego Dunkin’ Opens With 2 Hour Waits

The first Dunkin’ Donuts shop to open to the public in San Diego opened to wait lines of up to 90 minutes and non-stop satisfied customers as this story and video can attest.  It’s been a couple of weeks since the opening in the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel in the downtown, but the…

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