EEOC Expands Civil Rights Act to Sexual Orientation

The Obama Administration continued tightening the screws on private employer autonomy this week with a ruling by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  By a 3-2 ruling in a case brought by a gay air traffic controller in Miami who alleged he was denied a promotion because of his sexual orientation, the EEOC determined that…

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Employers Must Accommodate Transgender Employees

Right alongside EEOC, we have the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  Ostensibly charged with ensuring the safety of the nation’s workforce, OSHA responded to a request by the National Center for Transgender Equality by issuing a guidance advising employers that they must accommodate employees based on the gender with which the employee identifies.  Incredibly,…

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NY Wage Board Okays $15

In what should be a surprise to absolutely no-one, the Fast Food Wage Board appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unanimously voted on Wednesday to recommend increasing the minimum wage applicable to fast food employees to $15/hour.  They suggest the increase be phased in over the next 3 to 6 years, reaching $15 by…

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Kansas City Follows Suit

Kansas City, Missouri became the latest big city in the nation to adopt its own minimum wage when the KC City Council voted 12 – 1 last week to impose a city minimum wage of $8.50 effective August 28.  The issue is certain to be challenged legally however, as existing Missouri law prohibits local communities…

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Watch Out What You Ask For . . .

Bringing the old adage to life, the city of Portland Maine is now wondering how to fix the minimum wage debacle they unleashed just one week earlier when the city council voted to enact an ill-advised and poorly written ordinance to create a minimum wage in excess of the state minimum.  Portland passed an ordinance…

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Bangor Looks To Follow Portland

The Bangor City Council apparently likes what it sees in Portland, as it is similarly entertaining an ordinance that would phase in increases to the minimum wage in that city from the current $7.50/hour minimum to $9.75/hour over the next two years.  The Bangor City Council has scheduled a vote on Councilor Joe Baldacci’s proposal…

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Attorney Bob Zarco To Address 2015 National Conference

We’re thrilled to announce that attorney Robert Zarco, a leading national franchise attorney and founding partner of the law firm Zarco Einhorn Salkowski Brito will be one of the many top notch presenters at the 2015 DDIFO National Conference.  A dynamic and engaging speaker, Attorney Zarco will address the joint-employer ruling in detail as well…

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Dunkin’  Q2 Earnings

John Gordon, DDIFO restaurant analyst, reported on yesterday’s Dunkin’ Q2 earnings call and advised that Dunkin’ US was in at least fair shape, with reported comps of +2.9%, and transactions were said to be +.6%, with which they were “satisfied”. The SSS KCup cannibalization was said to be .6%, due to the CPG rollout. There…

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Miscellaneous

The bad news just keeps on coming for McDonald’s as their quarterly franchisee survey was released last week and it pegged franchise owner confidence at the lowest level since the survey began 12 years ago.  Surveyed owners reported same store sales in June were down 2.3 percent and projected a decline in July of an…

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Independent Joe #32 June/July 2015

There is that joke about cops and donut shops that every police officer and every donut shop owner has heard. But, the humorous connotation about cops stopping in for a beverage and snack never stuck with New York franchisee Roy Clark. A partner in the Wolak Group of Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Central New York,…

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