State and Local Action on Sick Leave

The drumbeat continues as relates activism at the state and local levels regarding mandatory paid sick leave and other issues.  Notably, by a 13-1 vote, the Los Angeles City Council last week moved to double the current state minimum of paid sick leave and require employers in the City of Angels to provide up to…

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Portland Oregon Targets Next Threat to Society

With many states and cities increasing minimum wages to possibly unsustainable levels and others adding mandatory paid sick leave to the costs of trying to run a business, what could be the next big problem that local politicians need to solve to make themselves relevant? Drive-thru windows!  That’s right, the city of Portland, Oregon was…

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Employee Manual is Too Broad Says NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board ruled just two weeks ago that an employee manual being used by a number of private companies was so broadly written that it violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  NLRB administrative law judge David Goldman ruled that some of the policies contained in the Quicken Loans employee manual, known…

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Alabama Punctuates Opposition to Persuader Rule

The state of Alabama became the 10th state to petition the federal District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas for an injunction against the Department of Labor regulation.  The DOL rule essentially negates the employer’s attorney-client privilege and tips the scales in favor of organized labor in union representation elections at private companies.  Alabama…

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Dunkin’ Doings

The votes have been tallied, the results are in, and all is right with the world – Dunkin’ has reclaimed the top spot in the Harris Poll Equi-trend Brand of the Year Rankings for 2016.   The annual study is based on a sample of 97,120 US consumers age 15 and older.  A total of 3,837…

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Competitor News

Starbucks held their Q2 earnings call with investors yesterday and our DDIFO Restaurant Analyst John Gordon, Pacific Management Consulting Group, reports that they enjoyed good results across the board – US comps were plus 7%, traffic up 3% & plus 4% on average ticket.  They did not call out current negative Rewards changes and their…

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Other Industry News

Continuing their efforts at a rebound under CEO Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s recently announced a couple of new test ongoing in different markets around the footprint.  Notwithstanding concerns over obesity by many politicians, the Golden Arches have begun testing all-you-can-eat-fries along with a self-serve ordering kiosk at a St. Joseph, Missouri store.  In 2015, the company…

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Miscellaneous

Thanks to a gift of $1.5 million from franchise businessman Ray Titus, Palm Beach Atlantic University will now offer a Franchising Program at the Titus Franchising Center on its Florida campus. Titus is the founder of Florida-based United Franchise Group, with over 1400 units across 80 countries. The program will include academic courses relating to…

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Minimum Wage Actions and Protests

Notwithstanding that they have enjoyed a certain amount of success in the push to increase the minimum wage, organized labor advocates organized a number of protests around the country again yesterday.  Despite it being just a week after New York and California governors each signed legislation adopting the magical number of $15/hour, protest organizers were…

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Keeping Up On Joint-Employer

While minimum wage and paid sick leave battles steal much of the anti-business limelight of late, we can’t lose sight of the importance of the ongoing efforts to effectively negate the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recasting traditional employer definitions.  As the McDonald’s v NLRB joint-employer case continues in a Manhattan courtroom, there’s been plenty…

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