Final Weeks for Comment on Overtime Rule

Concerned businesses and individuals have only until September 4, 2015 to submit comments to the Department of Labor regarding the agency’s proposed doubling of the FLSA overtime threshold.  Public comments on the proposed change are welcomed during a 60 day window from the time the proposed regulation was published in the Federal Register.  That window…

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“How Sweet It Is!”

That’s not quite what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is saying currently about added sugars in packaged foods.  The FDA has proposed including a per cent daily value notation for added sugars on the Nutrition Facts Panel of packaged foods.  The per cent daily value notation is a statement on packaged food that suggests…

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NY Wage Board Minimum Opposed

In a likely preview of a potential legal challenge, the Business Council of New York State has released their comments submitted to the New York Department of Labor.   The organization objected to the wage board’s process for a whole litany of reasons including the improper impaneling of the board, the negative impact the recommendations will…

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Minimum Wages Cutting Both Ways

In Kansas City, the city council approved a city minimum wage, notwithstanding the general assembly passing a ban on local minimum wages.  The statewide bill is still in limbo however, as it was vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon earlier this month.  The General Assembly is expected to take a vote on overriding his veto in…

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Varano To Give Closing Keynote at National Conference

Highly successful restauranteur Nick Varano, founder of The Varano Group and owner of some of the finest fine dining establishments in the Boston area, will close the 2015 National Conference with the keynote closing address on at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Varano, highly regarded in restaurant circles across the country, will cap off a…

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“Breakfastarians” Put Dunkin’ 6th For All-Day Option

Dunkin’ came in tied with Denny’s for sixth favorite place for all-day breakfast in a new survey released this week by YouGov BrandIndex, a brand perception research service.  McDonalds came in first in the survey among consumers who eat breakfast twice a day, while the rest of the top five included Subway, IHOP, Burger King…

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Urge Congress To Support Franchise Bills

We advised you a couple of weeks ago that Congressman Keith Ericson (D-MN) had filed two bills beneficial to franchise owners in the Fair Franchise Act of 2015 (H.3196) and the Small Business Franchise Loan Transparency Act (H.3195).  Now, it is incumbent upon us all to urge our own representatives in Congress to sign on…

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Tale of Two Rulings

Employment law issues seem to be monopolizing the headlines of late and this past week was no exception, but one could call the series even in light of two decisions at the federal level.  On the one hand, the federal court upheld the termination of an employee for violating the company’s no-call/no show policy.  The…

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New York Wage Theft on Record Pace

To underscore the importance of staying on top of employment law issues, in the first 6 months of 2015, New York has collected over $18 million from employers in the state and paid those monies to employees who have alleged they were illegally denied minimum wage, overtime pay or fringe benefits.  According to Governor Cuomo’s…

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Maine Restricts Employer Social Media Policies

Along a similar line, the state of Maine put in place a social media privacy law for both public and private employers.  The new law, which will take effect on October 15 of this year, prohibits an employer from requiring and employee/applicant to disclose their personal social media accounts or add anyone to their list…

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