NLRB Goes to Next Level

The National Labor Relations Board this week took what their general counsel has been threatening for the past few months, filing 13 complaints against McDonald’s franchise owners – and naming McDonalds Corporation as a co-defendant in the action.  The charges allege some 78 violations of employee rights to organize and collectively bargain, but most importantly,…

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More Minimum Wage

On another subject that seems to have no end, the state of New Mexico is now looking at increasing the minimum wage in the new legislative session as two legislative proposals have been filed, seemingly with the approval of Republican Governor Suzanne Martinez.  One proposal would see the minimum raised to $8.30 per hour and…

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New Year Brings New Forms in Illinois

Along with the New Year, next week will also bring the requirement for posting new forms and employment posters in a host of states around the country.  The state of Illinois is just one state where employers need to switch their employment posters with new mandated by the state’s Department of Labor.  All franchise owners…

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Dunkin’ Still King of the City

For the seventh consecutive year, Dunkin Donuts has more stores in New York City than any other franchised business with 536 shops operating within the city and its five boroughs.  Subway was the second most popular chain in the city with 468 restaurants.  Starbucks with 282 stores was in fifth place and McDonalds was sixth…

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A Down December

In earnings calls at the year-end, Dunkin’ announced less than stellar earnings over the past year.  Our restaurant analyst, John Gordon of Pacific Management Consulting Group, advises that Dunkin’ pre-released its bad news last week, indicating that US Dunkin same store sales, international results and earnings would be lower than forecast in both 2014 and…

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Competitor December Doldrums

Dunkin’ wasn’t alone in their weak December report – McDonald’s conducted a special investor call, detailing their “build your own taste theme” and more decentralization in corporate functions, to hopefully be more nimble and more local in its business focus. McDonald’s announced its breakfast sales were still positive. McDonald’s will take some time to change. …

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And, Finally . . .

At long last, it appears that the so-called Tax Extender Bill has passed both branches of Congress and is awaiting the President’s approval!  Once the President signs the bill as expected, a host of tax credits will have been reinstated retroactively for 2014 – but believe it or not, they’ll expire again in another 12…

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NLRB Authorizes Email Organizing

It was designed as a neutral agency that would ensure fair application of the nation’s labor laws, but the new focus of the National Labor Relations Board seems to be anything but.  Last week, in the first of a couple of egregious rulings, the agency decided by a 3 – 2 vote in a case…

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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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Putting a Face To “Joint Employer”

If you’re wondering what the real rationale might be behind some of these outrageous rulings, especially the “joint-employer” determination threatened by the NLRB General Counsel Robert Griffin, we may have just the vehicle for you.  We noted in a news article somewhere this week that Griffin recently gave a keynote luncheon address, appropriately titled “Zealous…

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