Cuomo Wage Board Holds NYC Hearing

Efforts by New York Governor Cuomo, thinly veiled as they may be, to increase minimum wages paid to fast food workers in the Empire State, are seemingly going as planned with his Wage Board holding a hearing this past Monday in New York City.  Cuomo appointed the wage Board last month with the express goal…

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Arizona Joins Fight Against Seattle Minimum Wage

The state of Arizona has injected itself into the Seattle wage issue against franchising in a good way, arguing in an amicus brief that the ordinance violates the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution (which gives the power to regulate commerce solely to the Congress), discriminates and “directly burdens 13 franchisors based in Arizona and…

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California Franchise Bill Set for Monday Hearing

AB 525, the California Fair Franchising legislation is scheduled for its next hearing on Monday before the California Senate Business and Professions Committee. The legislation, which has been refined and streamlined since it was vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown last September at the 11th hour, has already passed the General Assembly.  The hearing is scheduled…

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Massachusetts’ Paid Sick Leave Starts

Members with stores in the Bay State are reminded that the state’s mandatory Paid Sick Leave law goes into effect on July 1.  The bill mandates that all employees who work in the state, whether full-time, part-time or temporary are entitled to earn and use up to 40 hours of sick leave per calendar year. …

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Maine Defeats Right to Work Legislation

The Maine legislature voted down an initiative backed by pro-business Governor Paul LePage to make Maine the 26th state in the union with right-to-work laws on its books.  Right to work laws prohibit the mandated payment of union dues as a prerequisite to getting or keeping a job and is staunchly opposed by organized labor. …

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2015 National Conference

Registration for the 2015 DDIFO National Conference at Caesar’s Palace in the heart of the Las Vegas strip is now open and members are encouraged to register early to take advantage of our early bird registration discount, which will expire on July 31.  You can visit the DDIFO National Conference web page for more information…

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Know When To Hold ‘Em, Know When to Fold ‘Em

Starbucks must have been signing the old Kenny Rogers lyrics this week when deciding to close down all of its La Boulange Pastry shops after plunking down $100 million to buy the chain just 3 short years ago.  At the time of the purchase, Starbucks was planning to open more La Boulange cafes in major…

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Los Angeles Adopts $15/hour

They’ve been moving closer and closer over the past couple of weeks with several preliminary approvals, but this past Wednesday, the LA City Council gave its final approval to a $15/hour minimum wage and sent it to the Mayor for his signature.  By a vote of 12 – 1, the City Council increased the minimum…

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Further North on the Left Coast

The City by the Bay, San Francisco will see the so-called Retail Worker Bill of Rights take full effect in a matter of weeks, when it is fully implemented on July 3.  There are many egregious provisions to the law, which you can review on the city website here, but know that its tentacles reach…

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Kentucky, Kalifornia?

I had to read it a couple of times to be sure I got it right, but unfortunately, I had.  The state of Kentucky, home of GOP Presidential Candidate Senator Rand Paul and US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, became the latest to mandate arbitrary $10.10/hour minimum wage for some of its employees!  Governor Steve…

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