New York Minimum Wage Issues

Although no surprise to anyone, the New York Industrial Board of Appeals has formally rejected the National Restaurant Association challenge to the state’s fast food minimum wage.  The decision was rendered a few weeks ago by the Industrial Board of Appeals, which is appointed by the Governor, on a challenge to the $15 fast food…

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New Jersey Meeting Next Week

With the seemingly endless array of significant changes to employment law happening around the country, franchise owners are encouraged to stay up to date on their obligations as an employer.  Those of you in New York and New Jersey are reminded that DDIFO will host a member meeting next Tuesday, December 15 at the Doubletree…

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California Fair Franchise Celebration

Should any franchise owners be in California just after the New Year, you may want to consider joining the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) in Sacramento on January 6 to celebrate the signing of the Franchise Relations Act.  We will celebrate this accomplishment at Cafeteria 15L from 5:30 – 7 PM with some of the…

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Miscellaneous

We noted this week that the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) released their monthly index of small business indicators and the outlook through November was anything but encouraging.  A full 60% of the index indicators dropped in November with a growing pessimism about future opportunities being the most significant contributing factor.  The index came…

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Competitor News

The big coffee news this week included the fact that Keurig Green Mountain was being acquired for just under $14 billion by JAB Holding Co.  Just in the past few years, the company has acquired Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Caribou Coffee, Einstein Bagles, Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Intelligensia Coffee.  Bloomberg reports that the company has…

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New York City Sodium Warning Takes Effect

New York City this week became the first government in the nation to require sodium warning notices on menu items that exceed the recommended daily limit of 2300 mg of salt.  The requirement, which was adopted by the city Health Board back in September, officially became effective this past Tuesday, December 1, although the fines…

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New York Expands Mothers’ Breastfeeding Rights

The state of New York didn’t worry about sodium intake as much as it did the breastfeeding environment for working mothers.  Effective January 1, 2016, S.05183, signed into law by Governor Cuomo just before Thanksgiving, expands the rights working mothers must be granted by their employers.  Federal law requires that breastfeeding mothers be given a…

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Latest NLRB Decision Strikes Arbitration Agreement

The NLRB San Francisco division ruled earlier this week that the Jack-In-The-Box, Inc. arbitration agreement violates the National Labor Relations Act in that as a requirement of employment, it inhibits an employee’s ability to bring a class action suit.   NLRB administrative Judge Mary Miller Cracraft recommends that the provision be either revised or rescinded.  A…

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SHOP No Minimum Expires December 15

Eligible small businesses looking to take advantage of no minimum participation rates offered by the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace have just under two weeks to make their selection as the no minimum offer expires on December 15.  Generally, businesses must meet a participation rate of 70% of employees in order to enroll…

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No Earned Sick Leave In Maine

At least for purposes of the next legislative session, the state of Maine will not be considering mandating paid sick leave for private employers.  Filed by Senator Anne Haskell of Portland, the earned sick leave proposal was rejected by the Legislative Council which determines annually which legislative filing will be considered in the subsequent legislative…

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