Labor Shortage Bill Filed

Although certainly not a silver bullet, legislation was filed late last month to help franchisees address the current labor shortage. The Essential Worker for Economic Advancement Act (EWEA) was filed by Representative Lloyd Smucker (R-PA-11) on March 28. EWEA would create a three-year H-2C visa program for nonimmigrant service workers who would fill nonagricultural jobs…

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Help Pass the EWEA

The filing of the aforementioned Essential Worker for Economic Advancement Act (EWEA) is another prime example of why you should attend the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) Lobby Day in Washington, DC on June 22, 2022. The CFA Lobby Day gives franchisees across the country a great opportunity to explain to our elected leaders how…

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NLRB-FMCS Partnership Pushes Unions

Continuing its efforts to spread unionization throughout the business world, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel this week announced a new partnership with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS) office. FMCS is an independent federal agency created in 1947 to promote labor-management peace and cooperation by providing mediation and conflict resolution services.…

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NLRB Sues Starbucks over Firings

And as if to add an exclamation point to its unmistakable pro-union stance, the NLRB filed suit against Starbucks alleging the company was guilty of unfair labor practices in the firing of 3 former employees. The NLRB Phoenix regional office filed the action in US District Court alleging that Starbucks illegally retaliated against three of…

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Pay Equity Runs the Table, Finally!

With Governor Tate Reeves adding his signature earlier last week, the state of Mississippi became the 50th and final state to add a pay equity law to its books. The new Mississippi law (HB. 770), which takes effect on July 1, 2022, prohibits employers from paying “an employee a wage at a rate less than…

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Washington Cares Suit Dismissed

A federal court in the state of Washington has dismissed a class action lawsuit challenging a long-term care benefit program known as Washington Cares Fund. The program called for an employee payroll tax of .58% of total pay per payroll beginning this past January 1, but it also gave employees the option to opt-out of…

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Illinois Updates CROWN Act

The Illinois legislature has unanimously passed an amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) clarifying the meaning of “race” discrimination under the law. The amendment, known as the “CROWN Act,” or the “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act”, will update the definition of “race” under the IHRA so that “race”…

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Economic Trends

More bad news on the economic front as the U.S. economy shrunk at a 1.4% annualized rate during the first three months of 2022. The report from the Commerce Department Bureau of Economic Analysis pointed to a spike in imports along with a decline in exports as a couple of primary causes of the downturn.…

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Dunkin’ Doings

New Boston Mayor Michelle Wu may or may not run on Dunkin’, but her constituent meetings certainly do! The Mayor’s Office has announced a series of constituent meetings the Mayor Wu will host featuring Dunkin’ coffee and snacks to be held in neighborhoods around the city over the course of the next two months. Billed…

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IRS Reaffirms Penalty Relief

Earlier this week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) acknowledged and reaffirmed that taxpayers in certain situations are entitled to penalty relief when they can show reasonable cause and not willful neglect for the failure to pay. The issue, which largely stemmed from the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) and the ongoing backlog of tax returns,…

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