NLRB Joint Employer Rule Coming

Earlier this week, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Chairman John Ring made it clear that the agency will clarify its position on the joint employer issue sometime this summer. There has been discussion about how and when the agency would undo the Obama rule that dramatically expanded the definition of joint employer and cast a…

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US Chamber Pushes Joint Employer Bill

Whether by regulation or by passage of the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441), business interests across the country are pushing hard to resolve joint employer once and for all. This week the US Chamber launched an aggressive advertising campaign targeting Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly, a “blue-dog” democrat who has yet to sign on to…

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Retail Group Backs Worker Center Bill

Another interesting initiative in Congress seeks to deal with the proliferation over the past several years of so-called worker centers. These “worker centers” are thinly veiled union operations that operate outside federal labor law and skirt regulations that have been adopted to ensure that labor organizations operate within the law.  H.R. 5665, filed by Florida…

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Senate Standoff Keeps EEOC in Democratic Control

The (ultimate) resolve of the joint employer issue addressed above underscores the importance of the President putting his own nominees in place at important federal agencies and the impact they can have. Such should be the case with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well, but that agency is still stuck in limbo with a…

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Government Job Guarantee

It seems a bit anachronistic given that unemployment is lower now than it has been at any time since 1969, when Richard Nixon was just in his first year as President, but a gang of democratic Senators a few weeks ago unveiled what they are calling a jobs guarantee program. Spearheaded by New Jersey Senator…

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California Town Pilots Universal Basic Income

Costs be damned, the city of Stockton, California thinks a guaranteed income is a great idea and come this fall will be the first community in the country to implement it. Stockton is readying plans to deliver $500 a month in donated cash to 100 local families without any work requirement or other restrictions attached…

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Duluth Joins St. Paul and Minneapolis

Paid sick leave continues its spread through a host of cities and local communities across the country, although the rate at which it is being adopted may seem to have slowed somewhat. Duluth, Minnesota became the latest when it adopted paid sick leave mandates on private employers to become effective January 1, 2020. Adopted just…

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Ohio Launches Worker Comp Rebate Program

On the positive side of the ledger from the perspective of the business community at least, the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has adopted the Policy Activity Rebate (PAR) program allowing businesses the opportunity to possibly lower their premiums over time. Under this particular rebate program, which will become effective on July 1 of this…

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Miscellaneous

The big news in the coffee space this week was the announcement that Starbucks Executive Chairman Howard Schultz was stepping down amid rumors that he’s considering a presidential bid in 2020. Beyond that, we noted the company also announced it will expand its Mercato foods to go to its 300 Los Angeles stores and of…

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DDIFO National Conference is Here!

It’s been a long wait, but the 2018 DDIFO National Conference will get underway next Monday morning with The Phantom Gourmet giving the opening keynote address. We’ll cover a lot of ground – and a host of important issues – for the many Dunkin’ franchisees who will attend this eighth annual event, before former Hardees…

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