Feds Urge Court To Block NYC Menu Labeling

Well, the federal requirement for menu labeling, passed into law as part of the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) back in 2010, may have been delayed for another year, but New York City is scheduled to begin enforcing its own labeling mandate next Monday. That fact was enough for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…

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Employment Law Traps Abound

Whether the NLRB remains in business or not, the plethora of traps that unwitting small businessmen and women can find themselves caught in shows no signs of shrinking. Here are a couple of issues to ponder. Under recent court rulings in both Connecticut and Massachusetts, employers may be sued for not making a reasonable accommodation…

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Minimum Wage Updates

One of a couple of minimum wage issues that have been going back and forth in the courts winding their way through the courts was finally decided while another was argued before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Arizona Supreme Court rejected another last ditch effort to nullify the wage law that was approved…

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DC Considering Changes to Paid Leave Mandate

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announced a hearing on multiple paid leave bills which provide different funding mechanisms for the family leave bill that passed in December of 2016. The public hearing is scheduled for 10:30 AM on Tuesday, October 10. 10 at 10:30 am. The current law, which was passed by the DC Council in…

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Some Tips on Pools

Tip pooling has encountered its share of problems and challenges around the country over the past few years, but the Granite State seems to have all sides of its house in order on the subject. Voluntary tip pooling is permitted amongst directly tipped employees in New Hampshire, but not with the back side of the…

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DDIFO National Conference

DDIFO will announce our 2017 class of inductees into the Franchise Owners Hall of Fame next week and we’re sure you’ll be just as excited as we are about honoring these outstanding individuals. They’ll be honored at the Hall of Fame Induction luncheon, the closing event of the 2017 DDIFO National Conference at the Foxwoods…

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Miscellaneous

It was bad news all around relative to the restaurant industry economy in the month of July, as both same store sales and traffic both dropped in the height of the summer months and the growth in average ticket slowed to a trickle during the month. SSS fell 2.8 percent during the month, down 1.8…

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More Change in the Air at NLRB

It seems that the broad subject of the NLRB has dominated our writings more than not over the past few months, and it will likely continue. Last week, the US Senate confirmed the nomination of Marvin Kaplan to fill the 4th spot on the Board and then went on its summer recess until Labor Day!…

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Similar Story at EEOC

Although they weren’t as extreme as the NLRB under the Obama administration, there’s change taking place at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well. The business community should note that last week, President Trump nominated Iraq war veteran Daniel Gade to the final vacant post on the Commission. Gade, a graduate and former professor at…

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Joint Employer Not in the News

Well, maybe I should have said “not in the newsroom”. This week the US Circuit Court of Appeals for DC ruled that CNN did not qualify as a joint employer, overturning an earlier NLRB ruling.  The issue was raised by union technicians who brought suit against CNN and their subcontractor, Team Video Services when the…

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