New York Revises Fair Workweek Regulations

Speaking of Fair Workweek legislation, the New York Department of Labor has proposed revisions to the state’s law mandating minimum notice periods for employee work schedules and other employee notice requirements. The state mandate, different from the local law in effect in New York City, was implemented by the state DOL to establish the parameters…

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US House Preps Minimum Wage Hike

When Nancy Pelosi assumes the speakership again in a couple of weeks and the democrat majority takes over control of the US House of Representatives, one of their top priorities will be pushing to increase the federal minimum wage. Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), the ranking member on the House Education and the Workforce Committee (who…

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NLRB Released Plan, Extends Comment Period

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week released its strategic plan for the agency’s immediate future and this week that it was again extending – for a second time – the comment period for its proposed joint employer rule, which would make it harder for businesses to be held liable for labor violations committed…

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Jersey City OKs Payroll Tax

A couple of weeks ago, the Jersey City Council unanimously approved a new 1% payroll tax on businesses operating within the city. The tax, which will be paid by the businesses and not by employees, is being earmarked to address a financial “crisis” within the Jersey City school district. The “crisis” was created when the…

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Off-again, On-again, Off-again

Initiative 77, the Washington DC ballot question that raised the minimum wage and eliminated the tipped wage back in June is still in the news – but seemingly not still in play. Recall that voters handily approved the measure by a 56-44% margin earlier this year, but recognizing the negative impact that the mandate would…

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Tennessee Requires Electronic Wage Reports

Earlier this year, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development adopted regulations requiring employers to report wage and premium reports electronically. The electronic filing requirement becomes effective on January 1, 2019 for all employers. The regulation also provides for an exemption for those employers for whom the requirement creates a hardship. In those instances,…

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Ohio on Verge of Joint Employer Exemption

Legislation has passed the Ohio state senate that exempts franchisors from joint employer status. Still subject to one final concurrence vote in the House before it is sent to the Governor for his signature, House bill 494 specifically exempts franchisors from any liability as a joint employer unless the franchisor specifically adopts joint employer status…

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Dunkin’ Doings

We were excited to learn about the Dunkin’ “Dozen Days of Joy” effort launched this week across the country. For our subscribers not in the Dunkin’ system, over the 12 day span ending December 23, Dunkin’ will visit 12 select cities and randomly distribute $120,000 in free gift cards. In addition, a $1,000 donation will…

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Competitor News

Speaking of Starbucks, the company held its investor conference this week and clearly struck a confident tone, with major international growth planned especially in China (projecting 6,000 stores across 250 cities) and a domestic focus on growth in the Midwest. The company also announced a new partnership arrangement with Uber Eats in order to expand…

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Enough’s Enough, Suit Filed Against NYC Scheduling Law

It’s reared its ugly head in enough places of late that the International Franchise Association (IFA) has joined forces with the National Restaurant Association and the New York Restaurant Association to sue New York City over its Fair Workweek law. The lawsuit, filed in the New York state supreme court on Monday, challenges the scheduling…

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