OSHA Issues Vaccine ETS

As we advised in a Membership Update earlier this week, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has completed its draft Vaccine Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) and sent it along to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Office of Management and Budget for final review. Once…

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Texas Leading in Opposition

Although no fewer than 24 states have already committed to challenging the private employer vaccine mandate promised by President Biden, Texas is inarguably out front in the effort. As OSHA was busy this week drafting the vaccine mandate ETS (above story), Texas Governor Greg Abbott was issuing an executive order cracking down on COVID-19 vaccine…

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EEO-1 Deadline Approaching

We want to remind those covered employers that the extension granted for employers required to file EEO-1 reports will expire on October 25, just 10 days from today! You’ll recall that back in the summer months, EEOC also made it quite clear at the time that the new deadline would be final and not further…

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Long-Term Care Insurance Mandate

You might not have heard much about it yet, but beginning at the first of the year, the state of Washington is mandating that all employees in the state be enrolled in a long-term care insurance program.  Washington became the first state in the nation to mandate long-term care insurance when Governor Jay Inslee signed…

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Economic Trends

According to new employment data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the leisure and hospitality industry boosted economy-wide employment gains by adding 74,000 jobs in the month of September. Specifically, food service and drinking places gained 29,000 new staff, helping to drop the sector unemployment rate by 1.4 points to 7.7…

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Starbucks Closes Union-Active Stores

Starbucks has temporarily closed two of the five stores in the Buffalo market where baristas have been agitating to unionize the company workforce. As we told you in past issues, workers in (originally three) now five stores in the upstate New York city have petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to authorize and schedule…

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Competitor News

Dutch Bros entered Wall Street with a boom back in September when it IPO’d on the NYSE. On Monday, Dutch Bros (BROS) was initiated by five restaurant-sell side securities firms, with price targets from $47 to $60. Their core geographic base now is Oregon, Southern WA, Northern CA, and spreading now slowly into the Mountain…

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No Small Regular Next Week

As I will be traveling on a personal vacation next week, we will not be able to publish Small Regular No Sugar! on Friday, October 22 (which is why we wanted to advised you of the October 25 EEO-1 deadline). We will next publish the week thereafter on Friday, October 29.

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Top Legal Advice, Free!

Unlike politicians’ promises for free services – free college tuition, free child tax credits, free universal guaranteed income, free prescription drugs, etc. – there are times when items of great value really are offered for FREE! And, that’s precisely what the Coalition of Franchisee Associations is offering franchisees at its upcoming Annual Legal Symposium in…

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2nd Circuit Upholds SALT Cap

The Manhattan-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 2nd District, by a unanimous 3-0 decision, has upheld the $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions as part of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) signed by President Trump back in 2017. In addition to cutting taxes for corporate America as well…

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