NLRB Attacking Employee Handbooks

Two weeks ago, the National Labor Relations Board ruled against T-Mobile because their handbook required workers “to maintain a positive work environment by communicating in a manner that is conducive to effective working relationships”, a rule the out-of-control federal agency thought stifled worker rights to engage in concerted activities.  This week we learn, they’ve overturned…

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Obama Targets ‘Unfair’ Noncompete Agreements

The Obama administration last week announced a new target when the White House released a report suggesting that oftentimes, noncompete clauses are “unfair”.  They allege that in many instances, “unfair” agreements limit worker mobility, inhibit a worker’s bargaining power and can stifle innovation.  These may not be things that concern most of our subscribers, but…

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Congress To Hear Testimony on “drive-by Lawsuits”

It was one of the key talking points highlighted by the Coalition of Franchisee Associations at the organizations Lobby Day back in March, and now the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice will hold a hearing on the ADA Education and Reform Act (HR3765).  The committee will take testimony in a public…

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Campaign Trail Fluctuations

As the presidential campaign continues, albeit with the field effectively narrowed down to three, the positions of those candidates on the question of raising the federal minimum wage becomes more telling.  Last month, all three remaining ‘main-stream’ candidates verbalized their support for hiking the threshold to different levels, but where are they this month?  Democratic…

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Miscellaneous

The latest issue of Chief Executive magazine surveyed over 500 CEOs across the country to determine which states were considered most business-friendly from a tax and regulatory perspective and which were the least favored by the business community.  The top four states (Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee) favorably perceived held the same position as…

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Competitor News

The big news of this week was clearly the pending acquisition of Krispy Kreme by the privately owned JAB Holdings.  The acquisition, at $21/share calculates at 19 times enterprise value according to DDIFO Restaurant Analyst John Gordon.  As JAB is private and will take the chain private, we will not know what is going on…

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Congratulations

Lastly, we want to congratulate the National DCP, Dunkin’ franchisee-owned supply cooperative on its #28 ranking on this year’s Information Week Elite 100, a listing of the top business innovators in the U.S.  It was a finalist in the Collaboration and Innovation in Cloud Technology award categories and was also recognized for its Project Freshstart,…

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SCOTUS Lets Seattle Minimum Wage Stand

In a major disappointment to the International Franchise Association as well as the broader franchise community, without comment, the US Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that ratified the law.  Joined by a handful of local franchisees, the IFA brought suit claiming the law violated a…

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Feds Weigh in on North Carolina LGBT Controversy

North Carolina seems to be finding more and more hostility from all corners since it passed the controversial “bathroom bill”, more formally known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (HB-2).  We talked about the bill when it was signed by Governor Pat McCrory back on March 23, because it included a state pre-emption…

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Miami Beach Set to Challenge Florida Preemption

Absent the fanfare we find in the North Carolina debate, the city of Miami Beach is setting itself up to challenge a local minimum wage preemption effective in Florida for the past three years.  Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine is pushing the City Commission to adopt his proposal to increase the local minimum to $13.31…

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