Union Activity!

If past is prologue as the old saying goes, Dunkin’s franchisees should be in an advanced state of readiness on the union front with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) targeting some Dunkin’ shops in Connecticut. In their ongoing efforts to unionize QSRs and rest stop businesses in the Constitution State, SEIU members are protesting…

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Omnibus Expands Worker Protections

With yesterday’s passage of the Omnibus Funding Bill by the U.S. Senate, expanded worker protections and more funding for anti-business regulatory agencies is that much closer to reality. By a vote of 69 – 29, the Senate passed the $1.7 trillion legislation and sent it to the U.S House for their consideration – and likely…

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New Year’s Day Triggers

It’s not only minimum wages (as we advised last week) and the Connecticut Clean Slate Law that become effective on January 1st this year, but rather a number of new laws in other states around the country. Small businesses are advised to be cognizant of the many law changes that come with the New Year,…

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Keeping an Eye on Joint Employer

Many are keeping a lookout for any movement on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) change to the joint-employer standard with several prepared to do battle over the proposal. In fact, during the recent “public comment period”, almost 13,000 comments were received by the December 7 submission deadline, a good many of which took aim…

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More NLRB Changes

The changes just keep coming at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and not in a good way for many employers. By a 3-2 vote on Tuesday of this week, the Board broadened its make-whole remedy for unfair labor practices by including a requirement that employers must compensate victimized workers for “all direct or foreseeable…

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Bereavement Leave Mandated

Back in early September, when California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1949 into law, the state of California became the third state to mandate bereavement leave for workers. The provisions of AB 1949, effective on January 1, 2023 and applicable when a business employs 5 or more workers, were adopted as an amendment to the…

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EAGLE Hasn’t Landed Yet

In last week’s issue, we advised that the Employment Visa bill was being prepared for passage in the US House of Representatives. Well, as they say, a funny thing happened on the way to approval. Actually, it just got bumped out for at least another week by Congress focusing their work on finalizing the Respect…

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Success on FAST Act Repeal Petition

Opponents of the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act, known as the FAST Act, succeeded in their effort to put the question of repealing the FAST Act on the 2024 California ballot. The Save Local Restaurants coalition, consisting of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) along with the US Chamber of Commerce and the International Franchise…

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NLRB Losing Republican Member

Although democrat appointees have been in the majority on the National Labor relations Board (NLRB) for the past 14+ months, their hold on the regulatory agency will tighten in two weeks when the term of republican-appointed member John Ring expires. The expiration of his term will leave Board member Marvin Kaplan, whose term runs through…

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Protecting Employee Absences

In one of her first acts after being elected in her own right by the voters of New York, Governor Kathy Hochul signed SB 1958 into law prohibiting an employer from penalizing an employee for any absence that is protected by federal, state or local law. The legislation, which takes effect on February 19, 2023,…

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