Starbucks and Its Unions

Coming on the heels of a Boston Starbucks finally ending its 64-day strike last week, Starbucks Corporation indicated to Starbucks Workers United union officials that it will be prepared to start labor contract negotiations in October. In a letter sent early this week to the 238 stores that have formally unionized thus far, the company…

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NLRB Amends Mail-In Union Ballot Rule

In a decision prompted by the ongoing Starbucks unionization battles, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday issued a decision in which it modified one of the six factors relating Regional Director discretion in allowing a union representation mail ballot versus an in-person manual ballot election, due to COVID-19 related conditions. Under the terms of…

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California Requires Pay Info Plus

California just continues to plow new territory in employment law and business mandates. Most recently, Governor Gavin Newsom, who pundits believe is positioning himself for a possible 2024 run for President, on Tuesday signed into law SB 1162, which will require California employers with 15 or more workers to include pay ranges in all job…

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California Gov Signs Fair Franchise Bill

Notwithstanding issues we may have with many of the political positions Governor Gavin Newsom takes on a host of issues affecting small businesses as outlined above, he delivered on the positive side for franchisees late yesterday when he signed AB 676 into law. That legislation is a franchisee equity piece that clarifies the intent of…

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CFA Legal Symposium

The 2022 CFA Legal Symposium is just a month away, but you can still register today and save $100 off the registration fee with the CFA discounted Early Bird Rate of only $99. This premier event will be held this year at the Margaritaville Resort in Orlando, Florida, on October 26 & 27! Why not…

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NLRB Guts Award Against Union

Seemingly without regard for the appearance of, and in further evidence of, unapologetic bias in favor of organized labor, the Atlanta Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) this week indicated its intent to reduce a previously agreed to settlement figure of over $13 million against the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA).…

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CPI Pushes Minimum Wages Higher

One unanticipated repercussion of the ongoing 40-year high level of inflation is the impact it is having on automatic minimum wage rates in a number of states.  Most recently, three states announced that new minimum wage rates for 2023 will be higher than they had previously anticipated. With minimum wage rates tied to the Consumer…

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It’s Baaaaack!!!

Although it should come as a surprise to nobody involved in the franchise business model, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is resurrecting the Obama-era joint employer standard that caused much angst within the industry. The agency has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking, published in the Federal Register on Wednesday of this week, that…

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Newsom Signs FAST Act into Law

As we suggested last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom wasted no time in signing into law the FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act). After languishing in the state senate for the better part of the legislative session, the bill moved at breakneck speed over the last days of the session, passing with…

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Industry Plans California Ballot Repeal

In the wake of the Fast Act being signed into law (see above), a coalition of restaurant industry groups (Protect Neighborhood Restaurants) has filed the requisite paperwork to place a question on the 2024 California ballot asking voters to repeal the FAST Act. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the International Franchise Association (IFA) seem…

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