From Drive-by Lawsuits to Drive-Thru Discrimination

You might wonder whether we’ve gone too far in our quest to even every playing field with a new lawsuit filed against McDonalds alleging that their requirement that customers going through the drive-thru must have a car is discriminatory.  The suit was filed by a blind man from Louisiana, Scott Magee. Magee claims he’s being…

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California Labor Pushing Predictive Scheduling

The California Labor Federation made it abundantly clear this week that a top priority for the organization in 2016 is winning passage of so-called predictive scheduling.  The scheduling initiative (S878) requires retail and restaurant employers to provide a firm work schedule to all its employees with a one-week advance notice for a three-week work schedule. …

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Oklahoma Latest to Pass Joint-employer Clarification

There are now 9 individual states that have enacted legislation declaring that franchisors are not to be considered “joint-employers”.  Oklahoma became the latest to join that group when Governor Mary Fallin signed SB. 1496 on May 24.  The Oklahoma law essentially provides blanket protection that states franchisors “shall not be considered the employer of a…

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Minneapolis OKs Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Although neither side of the paid sick leave v. state pre-emption of local laws debate won the day in the Minnesota legislature, sick leave advocates scored a victory last Friday when Minneapolis adopted the Sick and Safe Time Ordinance.  With a threshold of 6 or more workers, the ordinance mandates that employees accumulate one hour…

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Is Government Broken?

If we follow the presidential polling the least bit, we know that almost 60% of the registered voters dislike both of the presumptive nominees – Hillary Clinton viewed favorably by 41% and Donald Trump by 40%.  Along with Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson, that is the crop from which we’ll choose…

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Miscellaneous

George Mason University released a report this week entitled “Ranking States Fiscal Health” that identified Alaska, Nebraska, Wyoming and both North and South Dakota as the 5 healthiest states by virtue of their fiscal condition.  On the flip side of the measure, Connecticut was the worst (after Puerto Rico – a US Territory, not a…

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Competitor News

Starbucks announced this week that it will begin offering its new cold coffee drink in a number of markets around the country including Boston, New York, Chicago, Portland, LA and San Francisco.  The “Nitro Cold Brew” is their existing cold brew coffee infused with nitrogen to give it a smooth and creamy texture. In celebration…

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