EEOC Updates Vicarious Liability Guidance on Harassment

They seem to be on a roll, and apparently don’t want to lose their momentum, so this week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released the final report of its “Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace”, an 18 month undertaking that given birth to no fewer than 45 individual recommendations spread…

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Virginia Firms Can Fire Workers Without Notice

The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that no advance notice is needed for an employer to fire an at-will employee thereby reaffirming Virginia’s adherence to the traditional at-will employment doctrine.  Employers in the Old Dominion state have been guided by a court decision from 1906 (Stonega Coal & Coke Co. v. Louisville & Nashville R.R.…

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Paid Sick Leave Germ Spreading in California

Maybe it’s the sunshine, or the “healthy living”, but mandated sick leave is spreading to more communities in the Golden State as next month three major municipalities will foist the mandated benefit onto private employers beginning July 1.  The state of California began mandating paid sick leave one year ago – after meeting a 30…

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Chicago Gets Sick (Leave) Too

The germ of paid sick leave spread to the Midwest as well this week, as Chicago formally adopted the mandate by a unanimous vote of 48-0 at the Wednesday meeting of the City Council.  As we advised you last week, with 38 sponsors (out of 50 aldermen) and the support of Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, the…

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Wordsmithing Maine Minimum Wage

Business groups are pushing to have a ballot question heading before voters in Maine this November re-worded to more accurately summarize the impact of the proposal. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap released proposed language this past week but his draft has no mention of any the increase being indexed to inflation after the initial phase-in…

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DC Approves New Minimum Wage Hike

The state of Maine may be waiting for input on the minimum wage issue from the electorate, but not so much, the Washington DC City Council.  The capital’s legislative body unanimously approved an ordinance to hike the hourly minimum of $10.50 to $15/hour in 2020.  The minimum was already scheduled to increase by $1 to…

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Dunkin’ Doings

The American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) was released earlier this week with good news for Dunkin’ as our customer satisfaction continues to lead the Coffee category.  The long-term trend since 2012 shows Dunkin’ improving back up to 80% satisfaction, the same as the 2013 rating.  Earlier this week, Dunkin’ CFO Paul Carbone participated in the…

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Competitor News

A California judge will hear another lawsuit against Starbucks in which the company is accused of under-filling its beverages.  This time, their latte is the cup of contention with plaintiffs alleging that a 16 ounce cup is only intentionally filled about 75%.  The latte class action follows a cold beverage class action filed in April…

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Court Upholds “Ambush Elections” Again

It’s beginning to look like it will be here forever, as the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week in a case brought by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).  The court found that the rule…

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EEOC Changes Rules

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission must like being in the headlines because the agency is issuing new rules and regulations left and right over the past few weeks.  In short order recently, EEOC issued three new fact sheets addressing equal pay issues and pregnancy discrimination.  The documents, released for the White House State of Women…

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