Competitor News

Krispy Kreme announced last week that the company planned to maximize its growth with a greater focus on franchising because their franchise stores are outperforming their corporate shops.  For the quarter ended January 31, corporate owned stores reported same store sales growth of 0.2 percent, while those operated by a franchisee showed 3.5 percent same…

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DOL Finalizes Persuader Rule

On Wednesday of this week, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule of the “Advice” Exemption in Section 203(c) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act – more commonly known as the persuader rule.  In the context of unionization efforts within a business, the rule requires employers to disclose to DOL conversations with…

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Congress Tries To Reign In DOL Overtime Rule

The aforementioned persuader rule is only one of a host of significant changes being foisted upon American business by the Department of Labor.  As we reported last week, DOL has sent its proposed final rule on the overtime threshold to OMB for final approval prompting Congress to consider legislation to overturn DOL’s dramatic expansion of…

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FMLA Liability Can Be Far-Reaching

Our friends at the law firm of Murtha Culina advise us of an important appellate level court decision rendered last week that should send shivers around the human resources department.  The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision last week that under certain readings of the Family Medical Leave Act, a company’s human resources…

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Minimum Wage Movement

It seems to be a topic that just won’t go away, but there is still more activity to report on relative to minimum wage increases across the country.  In the District of Columbia, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced in her state of the District address that she will file legislation to mandate a minimum wage of…

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Fair Scheduling Dead in Massachusetts

At least for the balance of the current legislative session, it would appear that serious consideration of the so-called ‘Fair Scheduling’ bill in Massachusetts is over as S.973 was given a study order this week.  An Act Establishing Fair Scheduling for Employees in Massachusetts would mandate that employers must give a worker their work schedule…

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Wyoming Welcomes Veterans

We may not often hear of legislative activities coming out of the state of Wyoming, but the home of Old Faithful this month enacted legislation that allows for a private employer to grant hiring preferences for veterans and the spouses of disable or deceased veterans.  The law provides that the granting of a preference based…

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Sugary Drink Tax Goes Across the Pond

In case you were thinking government overreach was limited to the US, rest assured that is not the case.  To the contrary, within the past month, both the United Kingdom and Canada have announced plans to apply an additional tax on sugary drinks.  In England, the U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne introduced a…

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Dunkin’ Doings, Or Maybe Didn’ts

A 13-year old court case has finally been put to bed once and for all as the Supreme Court of Canada rejected a final appeal by Dunkin Brands Canada, Ltd.  The case was brought in 2003 by Dunkin’ franchisees in Quebec province who alleged that Dunkin’ didn’t live up to its obligation to promote the…

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Competitor News

In their continuing effort to right the ship, McDonalds this month announced that it will launch its own loyalty program sometime in early 2017.  Speaking of loyalty programs, Starbucks caught heat from many customers last month over the company’s revamping of theirs.  This week, they tried to gain back some favor with a new plan…

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