FTC Investigation Sought

The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) has formally petitioned the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to initiate an investigation into the franchise industry. In particular, the petition urges that the agency investigate 9 franchise brands in particular, including 7-Eleven, Subway, UPS Stores, IHG Hotels, Choice Hotels, Experimax/Experimac, Supercuts, Massage Envy and Dickey’s…

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New FTC Chair Outlines Goals

Speaking of the FTC, as the sole agency in the federal government with any significant degree of oversight of the franchise industry, it is important to note that the Chairwoman Lina Khan, confirmed by the U.S. Senate back in June, released a memorandum last week that clearly outlined her vision and priorities for the agency…

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DOL Publishes New Tip Pool Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a new rule on tip pooling last Friday that subject employers to more significant monetary penalties for mishandling workers’ tips. Under the previous DOL regulation, put in place during the Trump administration, an employer could be subjected to civil penalties if the employer’s action of mishandling or illegally…

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Biz Interruption Goes to Trial

Although it clearly remains to be seen how the final verdict will play out, a federal judge in Missouri has allowed a COVID-19 business interruption lawsuit to proceed to trial. Judge Stephen Bough of the US District Court for Western Missouri continues to swim upstream on the issue of COVID-19 business interruption claims as most…

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Treasury, IRS Sick Leave Wages Rule

Earlier in September, the US Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued updated guidance providing information for employers on how to report on Form W-2 the amount of qualified sick and family leave wages paid to employees for leave taken in 2021. Notice 2021-53 provides guidance under recent coronavirus legislation including the…

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Turning the Calendar

Well, as we again flip the calendar, it’s important to note what laws may change on the first of any month. As we advised you in past issues, new provisions in the Connecticut equal pay act become effective today (on October 1, 2021) that prohibit pay differences between the sexes for comparable work (rather than…

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More About Third-Party Delivery

It seems as though of late reporting on some issue relating third-party delivery firms and municipalities taking action against them is becoming a weekly feature! About a month ago, we advised that New York City joined San Francisco in capping delivery fees; then the City of San Diego was mandating an itemized breakdown of fees…

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Coffee Chain Agrees to Union

Speaking of unionizing efforts, it was disappointing, to say the least, to read that the small Cambridge-based coffee chain, Darwins had voluntarily agreed to recognize its employees as unionized without going through a formal NLRB election process. Instead, the 4-unit chain will collectively bargain with Darwins United, which has established itself as an affiliate of…

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Competitor News

We noted a story yesterday that had Caribou Coffee joining the ranks of those offering a coffee subscription service. Caribou, which is now owned by JAB Holdings through its Pret Panera Holding Company, is following in the footsteps of sister-company Panera which launched their subscription service over a year ago. While the Panera subscription plan…

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In The Crosshairs!

With the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) officially rescinding the joint employer standard developed during the Trump administration – a new standard becomes effective next Tuesday, September 28, 2021 – one would think the issue was off the radar. That is not the case however, as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) filed suit in…

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