Appeals Court Upholds Pro-Union Pins on QSR Uniforms

The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an NLRB ruling that allowed QSR employees to wear pro-union pins and buttons on company uniforms during working hours. The case stems from an In-N-Out Burger policy that prohibited employees from wearing any pins or buttons on their work uniforms. Two employees of an In-N-Out store…

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Philly Soda Tax Upheld by Court

In a 4-2 decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld the validity of the Philadelphia soda tax, rejecting a major challenge brought by the beverage and food merchant industries. Philadelphia passed the new tax back in 2016 assessing distributors and dealers 1.5 cents per ounce on sugary beverages. The city cleverly drafted the tax to apply…

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“Put Down the Straw! You’re Under Arrest!”

The latest environmental fad – banning or at least severely restricting the use of plastic (bags, food containers, cups, straws, etc.) – continues to ripple across the country and you may think I’m kidding, but the city of Santa Barbara has taken it to a whole new level. Last week, the Santa Barbara City Council…

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Court Restores Discrimination Claim Over Minimum Wage

In a surprising ruling on Wednesday, the US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals restored a discrimination challenge brought against the city of Birmingham Alabama by African-American fast-food workers. The suit, initially filed in 2016, alleged that the state’s mostly white legislature violated the civil rights of black workers by nullifying a new minimum wage in…

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Congressional Committee Hears Workflex Bill

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a public hearing this week on H.4219, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act. The bill, which was filed by Representative Mimi Walters (R-CA), would exempt companies from state and local paid-leave laws if they meet minimum federal paid leave standards and flexible work requirements. A…

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Hollywood Joins Missouri Right to Work Fight

The Hollywood elite (those who play make-believe for a living) continues to advise the rest of America what we need to be successful in our lowly everyday worlds. Last week, we advised how “Hanoi Jane” was in Washington DC to tell members of the DC Council that they should support and retain Initiative 77 (eliminating…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin’ Brands released its Q2 results this week and held its first earnings call with new CEO Dave Hoffmann reporting that Dunkin’ acquired a multi-year license with CardFree, a technology “mobile wallet” platform for $100 million.  This may enable mobile and app flexibility and data capture, especially for “catering initiatives”. Brand sales and profits were largely as…

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Much To Learn at CFA Legal Symposium

The lineup of top franchise attorneys that will be available to offer their expertise at the CFA Legal Symposium in Chicago on October 24 is impressive enough, but the subjects they’ll cover are all of such critical importance to the franchisee community, you won’t want to miss any of it. Registration for the symposium is…

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Competitor News

More angst in the Great White North (Franchisee Association, that is) as Tim Hortons US franchisees have filed suit against the Canadian coffee and donut chain alleging unreasonable charges for food and supplies. Tim Horton’s owns the supply chain and is alleged by the owners to be charging considerably more than other brands. The franchisees’…

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Miscellaneous

Miller Pulse also released its quarterly report on restaurant sales this week, and generally speaking, it was pretty good news all around. Same store sales among quick service restaurants and casual-dining chains were both up 1.4 % over the 2017 Q2 results. Further, although traffic was down 1% overall, it was still an improvement over…

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