Senate Hears Need for Franchising Transparency

The U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Policy, chaired by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, held a public hearing this week on the matter: “Economic Mobility: Is the American Dream in Crisis?” One of the five individuals invited to testify was Subway franchisee and former Coalition of Franchisee Associations Chairman Keith Miller.…

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EEOC Begins EEO-1 Pay Data Collection

After several significant delays, prompted by court challenges, regulatory delays and other issues, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) this week launched its dedicated web-based portal for businesses that employ 100 or more individuals to begin providing expanded pay and hours worked data for calendar years 2017 and 2018.  This data, delineated by race, ethnicity…

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House Votes to Repeal “Cadillac Tax”

As the old baseball saying goes, it’s hard to tell the players without a scorecard, but it seems equally challenging to tell whether or not the US House wants to keep any aspects of ObamaCare. On Wednesday of this week, the democratically-controlled U.S. House voted by an overwhelming bi-partisan tally of 419 – 6 to…

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California Expands Paid Family Leave

File under the heading: Is enough ever enough? Shortly before the July 4 holiday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the state budget into law which re-established an individual insurance mandate. What we didn’t know at the time though, was that it also expanded the Golden State Paid Family Leave (PFL) program, effective July, 2020. The…

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New Hampshire, Maine Ban Low Wage Non-Competes

New Hampshire and Maine became the latest to ban the use of non-compete clauses for low-wage workers when Republican Governor Chris Sununu signed SB 197 last week and Maine Governor Janet Mills (D) signed L.D. 733 at the end of June. The NH bill, which was one of 42 pieces Sununu signed into law at…

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Early Bird Pricing for DDIFO National Conference

The first email announcement fliers went out last week announcing the Job Creators Network President and CEO Alfredo Ortiz will headline the 2019 DDIFO National Conference being held at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino on October 28 & 29, 2019. Registration is now officially open and special early bird pricing is available throughout the summer.…

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Economic Growth Continues

Notwithstanding many who for their own political reasons “wish it weren’t so”, the nation’s economy continued to grow and strengthen through June with average hourly earnings increasing 0.2% for the month. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), year over year, real average hourly earnings grew 1.5 percent from June 2018 to June 2019…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Over the July 4th holiday, it was announced that Dunkin’ had for the first time, finally broken into the list of Most Patriotic American Brands produced annually by Brand Keys, coming in at #13. The annual survey, which began after the 9/11 terrorist attack, tries to measure consumer perceptions of which companies most embody the…

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Competitor News

The National Owners Association (NOA), the independent franchisee association for McDonalds systems operators founded last fall, has come out with a list of menu initiatives they point to as problems. Primary among the complaints detailed by the group is the dollar drink special as well as the new Worldwide Favorites menu, which includes popular menu…

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NLRB Issues on Unions, Member Conflict

One could argue that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been ground zero on a broad array of issues under President Trump as the administration tries to scale back anti-business regulations. And to drive that point home, this past week, the agency issued a ruling in a 3-1 decision in the Johnson Controls, Inc.…

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