Senate Eyes September for Tax Extenders Fix

Senate Finance Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) this week released reports from 3 of 6 task forces established to review and advise on the tax extenders issue. Grassley and ranking minority member Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) are hoping for solutions on which of the tax breaks should be consolidated, made permanent or rejected. It is expected…

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NLRB Revamps Union Election Rule

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) this week published a proposed rulemaking that will revamp the agency rules regarding union representation elections. The first proposed rulemaking in an expected series of changes will reshape the current “blocking charge” which allows unions to stop decertification votes by alleging election interference. Under the NLRB proposal, decertification votes…

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DOL Submits Drug Testing Rule

Speaking of proposed rulemakings, the Department of Labor got in the game this week as well with two different issues. First, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the White House has begun its review of the DOL’s proposed final rule on drug testing. As drafted, the rule will allow states to drug-test unemployment…

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Minimum Wage Veto, Prospects and Impact

We’ve got 3 dimensions of the nation minimum wage debate to report to you this week and each coming from a different east coast state. First, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu stayed true to his word when he vetoed legislation that would have increased the current state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. SB 10…

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More State Law Changes Coming

It seems timely for us again to advise of a number of new laws and changes to existing laws that will be taking effect within the next few weeks. In that vein, we advise owners with interests in the following states read on: Alabama, Maine, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. As to the changes, The Oklahoma…

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New York Boosts Harassment Protections

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed into law legislation that expands protections against sexual harassment by eliminating the longtime legal standard of “severe and pervasive”. Historically, under the old legal standard, discriminatory or retaliatory harassment had the burden of proving that the alleged harassment was “severe and pervasive”, whereas now, harassment need only…

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RFDC and CFA Registrations

Have you made your plans yet to attend the 2019 CFA Legal Symposium on November 13 at the Bellagio Las Vegas? It’s immediately following the Restaurant Finance and Development Conference and you can get the CFA discount rate of $695 by registering today. You’ll also want to register now for the CFA Legal Symposium as…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Keeping a good thing going, Dunkin’ this week came in as the #2 fast food brand in the annual Brand Intimacy Survey released this week by New York-based market survey company MBLM. Coming in just behind #1 Chick-Fil-A, Dunkin’ improved significantly from it intimacy results in 2018, moving up from 9th last year in fast…

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Register Now for DDIFO National Conference

Early bird pricing is available for Dunkin’ franchise owners to attend the 2019 DDIFO National Conference at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut on October 28 & 29, 2019. One of the exceptional panels we will present this year is Dunkin’, Its Competitors and Wall Street – A Look at Today and Tomorrow. The panel,…

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Miscellaneous

A few weeks ago, we advised you that an employee of the Bernie Sanders Campaign had filed an unfair labor practice against the Democratic Socialist Senator from Vermont’s presidential campaign. Well, his supporters must have union issues front and center as another Bernie Sanders employee filed another unfair labor practice – but this one was…

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