All Politics Are Local

The late Speaker of the US House Tip O’Neil may have coined that phrase and truer words were never spoken, so you can absolutely expect paid sick leave and minimum wage increases to be major campaign issues in the 2016 presidential race.  This Business Journal article lays out some of the reasoning behind it being…

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Still Waiting on Governor Brown

We still await Governor Jerry Brown signing the Franchise Relations Act into law out in California.  The bill was passed unanimously by both branches of the California legislature last month and sent for the Governor’s signature.  We encourage all franchise owners to take a moment to write the Governor and urge him to sign the…

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Governor Cuomo Backs $15 State Minimum

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo continued his incessant pandering this week with a call to increase the state minimum wage to $15/hour.  In the wake of ramming a $15 minimum down the throat of restaurant owners in New York, the Governor amazingly used the $15 fast food minimum (which he implemented) as justification for increasing…

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Miscellaneous

In Chain Reaction, a study and report recently compiled by an interesting mix of organizations (Friends of the Earth, Natural Resources Defense Council, Consumers Union, Food Animal Concerns Trust, Keep Antibiotics Working and the Center for Food Safety) Dunkin’ was one of only five food chains to receive a passing grade on reducing antibiotics in…

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Competitor News

There was certainly much news afoot this week relating other QSRs.  First, we were indeed saddened to learn of the passing of Subway founder and CEO Fred Deluca.  Although we never met, word is that he was a wonderful human being.  Our sympathies go to his family and the Subway community.  Our sympathies should also…

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Congress Files to Overturn Joint Employer

Although it is likely an exercise in futility, Republican leaders in both the US Senate and the House have filed legislation seeking to overturn the National Labor Relations Board recent ruling validating the new definition of joint-employer.  Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions, along with Congressman…

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NLRB Authorizes Electronic Signatures

Speaking of the havoc the NLRB is wreaking on American small business, the NLRB general counsel last week issued a new guidance relating the signature gathering requirements for authorization of union election petitions.  General Counsel Richard Griffin advised that union advocates will no longer need to gather employee signatures on authorization cards to call for…

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Obama Mandates Paid Sick Leave

It may be just the first federal volley on the subject, but it follows the same pattern as the minimum wage push did a few years ago.  President Obama, in a Labor Day speech to Boston unions, announced an executive order that will require paid sick leave for employees of any private contractors seeking to…

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Overtime Regulation Comments Submitted

As we reported to you last week, DDIFO was one of over a dozen different independent franchisee associations to sign on to the International Franchise Association comments in opposition to the new overtime threshold.  The Obama administration has essentially doubled the previous amount of salary below which an employee must be given overtime compensation.  In…

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Labor Commissioner Approves New York Minimum Wage

In what surprises absolutely no-one, New York state Labor Commissioner Mario Musolino approved the recommendation of the Fast Food Wage Board appointed earlier this year by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Not even trying to make it look on the level, Governor Cuomo in an appearance with Vice President Joe Biden, announced that Commissioner Musolino had signed…

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