SBA Advocacy Roundtable on Sick Leave Regulation

The Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy is hosting a roundtable next Monday in Washington on the Department of Labor (DOL) recently published regulation for sick leave benefits required of federal sub-contractors (including restaurants on federal property). The Office of Advocacy is charged with representing the interests of small businesses and commenting accordingly on the…

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Vermont Mandates Paid Sick Leave

The dictates on small business continue and the paid sick leave benefit has now been mandated by a fifth state as Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed paid sick leave into law this week in the Green Mountain State.  Under House 187, which cleared the legislature late last month and was signed into law Wednesday, all…

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New Jersey Sick Leave Bill Advances

Fortunately, it hasn’t cleared all the requisite hurdles yet, but a bill to mandate paid sick leave for all employees in New Jersey was passed by the critical Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee early this week by a razor-thin 7 – 6 vote.  One democratic senator joined the 5 republicans to oppose SB.799 in the…

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Ninth Circuit Affirms Illegal NLRB Appointment

In a decision released this week, the US Appeals Court for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling that invalidated the appointment of Lafe Solomon as acting NLRB General Counsel back in 2010.  You may recall at that time, President Obama filled a number of NLRB positions without the assent of the US Senate…

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Utah and Wisconsin Ban Joint-Employer

Speaking of the egregious joint-employer ruling, two more states have enacted laws that strictly prohibit the application of the NLRB joint-employer definition within their boundaries.  Utah Governor Gary Herbert is expected to sign H.116, which specifies that no franchisee or employee of a franchisee shall be considered an employee of the franchisor for any purpose…

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Minimum Wages Stays in the Forefront

The issue of mandating increases in minimum wages across the country continues to command attention at a host of different levels.  On the presidential campaign trail, democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who called for a $12/hour minimum wage last fall (her opponent, Bernie Sanders filed legislation mandating $15/hour), advocated an end to the tipped minimum wage…

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EEOC Opens New Front in Discrimination War

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has broadened the fight to eliminate discrimination in the workplace by filing lawsuits against two employers for sexual harassment against a gay and lesbian worker.  The commission has ruled in the past that the anti-discrimination provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are expansive enough to protect gay…

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Miscellaneous

There are strong arguments that current minimum wages are insufficient for workers to purchase basic necessities, but there is an equally strong argument that supply and demand for good workers will force companies to increase their wage scales without the government sticking its nose in.  A perfect case in point was made last week when…

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Competitor News

Starbucks’ recent revamping of their loyalty program continues to backfire with their “loyal” customers.  Under the former program, customers earned one star for each transaction, a free beverage after 12 stars and “gold star” status after 30 stars.  Now, under the revamped program, launching next month in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico two stars…

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All-Day Breakfast Stokes Competition

If there’s an extra glow to the Golden Arches of McDonald’s these days, you could say it’s because the morning sun is shining all day. Last spring, McDonald’s was reporting “negative guest traffic” as a cause of its 33 percent drop in net income. This year the world’s largest food chain is basking in the…

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