SCOTUS Sides With Pregnant Worker vs. UPS

The Supreme Court of the United States this week agreed with a pregnant UPS worker’s contention that the lower court erred in finding in favor of UPS and remanded the case to the Fourth Circuit court.  Interestingly, the Supreme Court rejected both of the actual claims put forth by attorneys for Peggy Young, the pregnant…

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IFA Injunction Tossed Out in Seattle Challenge

Speaking of lawsuits and court decisions, the lawsuit initiated last year by the International Franchise Association (IFA) in the wake of Seattle passing a new $15 minimum wage law suffered a major defeat when the US District Court in Seattle rejected all of the IFA arguments and refused to enjoin the law, which will take…

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Family and Medical Leave Proposal Refiled

Federal legislation that would establish a paid family and medical leave program has been refiled in the both branches of Congress by Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) respectively.  Current law provides workers with unpaid job-protected leave for covered serious health issues, but these proposals (H.R.1439 & S.786), would create…

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Congress Kills NLRB “Ambush” Election, But Obama Will Likely Veto

The US House last week voted to approve legislation that kills the NLRB “ambush election rule” that simplifies and expedites unionizing efforts.  The House vote, 232 – 186, essentially fell along party lines and follows a similar party-line vote in the Senate earlier this month.  The bill invokes a rarely used Congressional power to challenge…

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And Looks To Kill Micro-Unions

In a similar vein, Senate Republicans are also working to advance an initiative that will undo another regulation by the National Labor Relations Board that allows for unions to organize workers in smaller specific segments or departments rather than the entire workplace.  The Board changed its historical position regarding unionizing requirements in a workplace by…

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Upcoming Events

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations, fresh off a very successful CFA Lobby Day Forum in the nation’s capital, will be hosting a free webinar next Friday, April 2 between the hours of 2 – 3 PM on the NLRB ambush election rule, what it requires and what it could mean to you and your business. …

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Competitor News

Starbucks was making news regularly the week before last, when their annual shareholder meeting was held.  Since that meeting, they’ve probably made more news than they would have preferred as they finally pulled the plug on the initial phase of their #Race Together campaign in the face of a relentless backlash from the public via…

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Fed Projects Interest Rates To Rise, Gradually

There’s good and bad news in the Federal Reserve System’s economic projections released this week with the Fed Chairman projecting short-term interest rates to climb, but not by nearly as much or as quickly as originally expected.  Fed Chairman Janet Yellen earlier this week stated that she thought increases to the rate would happen and…

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IFA Injunction Denied by Federal Court over Seattle Law

In a clear blow to franchise industry interests, the International Franchise Association’s lawsuit seeking to enjoin the Seattle Minimum Wage law from taking effect as scheduled on April 1 was denied by the Federal Court in Seattle.  In its decision, the court rejected every IFA argument that allowing certain provisions of the law to take…

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Target Follows Suit and Increases Minimum Wages

It was reported this week by the Wall Street Journal that retailing giant Target would also be increasing the minimum wages paid to their lowest paid earners to $9/hour effective April.  Target is not specifically matching the increases that Wal-Mart, the Minnesota-based Target’s major competitor announced recently.  Wal-Mart last month announced wage increases to $9…

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