Court Upholds NYC Fair Workweek Law

In a decision released this past Tuesday, New York state Supreme Court justice Arthur Engoron dismissed a lawsuit challenging the validity of the New York City Fair Workweek law enacted back in 2017.  The New York Fair Workweek law requires fast-food employers in the Big Apple to provide workers with 14 days advance notice of…

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Federal Plastic Phase-out Filed

Legislation was introduced in Congress last week that seeks to dramatically restrict and ultimately phase out most single-use plastics. Democratic Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Jeff Merkely (D-OR) joined Representatives Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) and Katherine Clark (D-MA) in filing the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act of 2020 this week. The legislation would mandate a…

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New Jersey Governor Wants Mandatory Training

New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy released proposals this week that would mandate sexual harassment training for all businesses throughout the Garden State. Couched in the context of strengthening New Jersey anti-harassment laws, the proposal would have the state develop model policies and a training curriculum that private employers would implement to help prevent harassment and…

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Ohio Considers Workers Comp Premium Cut

On January 28, the CEO and administrator of the Ohio Workers Compensation Commission, Stephanie McCloud, submitted a proposal reducing employer premiums for Workers Compensation insurance by an aggregate $132 million for Fiscal Year 2021. The Commission Board of Directors will decide upon the rate reduction proposal at its February 28 meeting. The 13% rate reduction…

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Fair Franchising in Play in Vermont

Fair franchising legislation has been filed for consideration this year in the Vermont legislature. Several weeks ago, 10 state legislators co-sponsored House bill 890, An Act Related to Regulating Franchise Agreements. The bill seeks to restore some semblance of balance to the franchisee – franchisor relationship and focuses on a number of specific points raised…

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Miscellaneous

FRANdata last week released its Franchise Business Economic Outlook 2020 and predicted that the franchise industry will continue with its economic boom throughout this year. The report, done in conjunction with the International Franchise Association (IFA), projects a 1.5% increase in the number of franchises, growing to over 785,000 by year-end. In addition, it projects…

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Competitor News

In its Q4 earnings call with investors just over one week ago, Restaurant Brands International (RBI) CEO Jose Cil confessed that earnings from the Tim Horton Brand had dragged overall results for RBI. The Canadian coffee and donuts chain saw comparable store sales drop 4.3% in the fourth quarter while system-wide sales growth dropped almost…

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Court Accepts End of Pay Data Collection

In a decision rendered earlier this week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia approved a request by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to close any further collection of pay data for years 2017 and 2018. The mandate for collection of the expanded pay data, which includes detailed information on sex, race…

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Trump Budget Calls for Paid Family Leave

Following up on the call for it in his State of the Union address earlier this month, President Trump again pushed for paid family leave for all Americans with submission of his FY21 budget proposal to Congress. Trump has called for paid family leave in each of the past three years and has had senior…

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Back To The Future!

Tune up the DeLorean! The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed a resolution eliminating the 1982 deadline (yes, 38 years after the deadline passed) for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The change comes largely in response to Virginia – becoming a democratic trifecta state in 2019 for the first…

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