Philadelphia Enacts Sugary Drink Tax

Since it had already passed a preliminary vote last week, it is not surprising that the Philadelphia City Council voted yesterday to impose a 1.5 cents-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks sold in the City of Brotherly Love.  On a 13 – 4 vote, the council gave Mayor Jim Kenney the victory on a reduced tax…

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Court Halts San Francisco Soda Warning

San Francisco and Oakland have been pushing to have the tax adopted, but thus far their voters have rejected the idea – so, San Francisco went to a Plan B.  While they work to get the issue back on the ballots and convince the electorate to enact the tax, the “City by the Bay” enacted…

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Connecticut “Bans the Box”

They haven’t focused on sugary drinks yet, but Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed ban the box legislation into law at the beginning of this month.  Signing HB5237 into law makes the Nutmeg State the 19th state to restrict employers’ inquiries into an employment applicant’s criminal history and the 2nd to do so this year (Vermont…

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Chicago Prepares Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Chicago appears to be the next likely venue to mandate paid sick leave for private business employees, as the Board of Aldermen’s Committee on Workforce Development and Audit unanimously approved the initiative yesterday.  The proposal, sponsored by 38 of Chicago’s 50 Aldermen, would mandate that any employee working at least 80 hours over a four…

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New York Court Upholds Fast Food Wage

The New York Appellate court has upheld the decision of the New York Industrial Board of Appeals that the $15/hour minimum wage mandated for fast food workers.  The minimum was set by a 3 person Wage Board appointed (without any restaurant interest representatives) by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo specifically to implement the increase on…

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Dunkin’ Doings

The successful launch of Dunkin’ Donuts K-cups was a major reason that Smucker’s earnings were significantly higher than anticipated in Fiscal 2016.  The previous high of $640.5 million for the company’s US Retail Coffee segment was surpassed with the $645.9 million in profits generated this year on sales of $2,239.2 million.  The news was good…

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Cautionary Tales

There is a court case from Massachusetts that we’d like to reference because the lessons they provide apply across the country.  The parents of a 6 year old girl with a peanut allergy filed suit against Panera Bread after she had a serious allergic reaction when the grilled cheese sandwich she ate had a dollop…

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Competitor News

Earlier this year, Wendys acknowledged that the POS system used by many of its franchisees had been breached, subsequently estimating in May that approximately 300 stores were affected.  This week, the company acknowledged that the actual number of stores with malware infecting their POS system could be “considerably higher”.  McDonalds has announced that it will…

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OSHA Increasing Fines to “Catch Up”

OSHA , the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is increasing the fines it assesses for the first time in 25 years, and they’re going to do it with gusto!  Effective August 1, 2016, OSHA will be required to implement an initial penalty “catch-up adjustment”, tied to the percentage difference between the October 2015 and October…

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Joint-Employer In Appeals Court

Although states continue efforts to insulate themselves from the new definition of joint-employer, dictated by the National Labor Relations Board last year, the BFI appeal is still slowly winding its way through the federal court system.  This past Tuesday, the defendant in the original NLRB case, Browning-Ferris Industries filed a brief with the US Court…

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