NLRB Moving Forward on Joint Employer

Despite calls for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to slow its engines on rolling back the definition of joint employer, the agency appears steadfast in its determination to undo the Obama-era expansion of joint employer applicability. NLRB Chairman John Ring rejected a formal request he received from two democratic members of Congress to rescind…

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EEO-1 Filing Deadline in Question

With the government shutdown heading into its 2nd month and no immediate resolution in sight, we should anticipate additional disruptions in the coming weeks to “business as usual” in regards to federal government issues and requirements. The major headlines have focused on the IRS being affected by it and the possibility that tax refunds may…

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And Another 25 Cents for the Cup!

You really couldn’t make this stuff up, but the Berkeley California City Council unanimously approved a new ordinance this week that will require restaurants to charge customers $0.25 for disposable cups. The Single Use Disposable Foodware and Litter Reduction Ordinance, which sailed through on the recommendation of the City’s Zero Waste Commission, also requires that all…

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Agreement Reached on $15 Minimum Wage

After battling all through last year over the issue, democrat NJ Governor Phil Murphy agreed with the democratic-controlled legislature on a bill that will lead to a state minimum wage of $15 per hour as soon as 2024. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, who has not always seen eye to eye with Murphy, finally brokered the…

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Pushing Paid Leave

Not stopping at increases to state minimum wages, a number of states appear poised to push for passing mandatory paid sick leave. Again in Virginia, paid family leave bills have been filed in both the Senate and the House of Delegates, despite both branches having slim republican majorities. As filed, both proposals would create a…

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It’s Baaaaaaack!

For those who thought the idea of the so-called Millionaire Tax had run its course, think again. You will recall that Massachusetts advocates had teed up a ballot question for last November’s ballot that would have allowed the Bay State to apply a 4% surcharge to incomes over $1 million. The Massachusetts Supreme Court ultimately…

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Taxing Drinking Water?

Yes, unfortunately you read that right! California’s new governor, democrat Gavin Newsom, just days into his term as the state’s Chief Executive Officer, has proposed imposing a new tax on drinking water. The Governor incorporated the tax as part of his budget proposal for fiscal year 2020, which is projected to end with a surplus…

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Competitor News

Starbucks reported strong Q1 earnings yesterday and advised that global comparable store sales were up 4.0% during the quarter with ticket/pricing adding 3 points to growth. Americas SSS were reported at +4% vs. a projected 3.2%. Globally, the company claimed 541 net stores during Q1 accounting for a 7% growth year over year to a…

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Annual Dues Collection

Dunkin’ franchise owners should have received a notice from the National DCP this week advising that DCP authorization of DDIFO dues payments is now open until February 1. Franchise owner members who have previously authorized the payments need not do anything and the dues will renew. Those who want to have the DCP make their…

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Independent Joe #53 December 2018/January 2019

Espresso is a term derived from the Latin “to press” and the Italian word for “to press out.” It refers to strong black coffee made by forcing steam through finely-ground coffee beans. In Italy, people stand and socialize at their local espresso bar while they wait for their hot shot to be concocted. Mary Beth…

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