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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CFA Legal Symposium

As more legal issues swirl around the franchise world, it becomes that much more apparent how important it is for franchisee to be up-to-speed on today’s issues. For that reason, we want to again encourage you to register for the 2021 CFA Legal Symposium. Registration is now open for the annual Legal Symposium sponsored by…

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NY Governor Triggers HEROES Act

When New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced on the Labor Day holiday that the state Commissioner of Health had issued a designation of the COVID-19 virus as a “highly contagious communicable disease”, the announcement triggered the state HEROES Act and along with it, a host of additional obligations on the state’s employers. The HEROES Act,…

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Starbucks Prepares for Union Effort

As we advised you a shortly before Labor Day, Starbucks is looking down the barrel of the unionizing shotgun in upstate New York as baristas in three Buffalo stores have petitioned the NLRB for a union representation election. In response, Starbucks this week attempted to significantly expand the playing field by responding to the NLRB…

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CFA Legal Symposium

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) this week opened registration for its popular annual Legal Symposium. The 2021 event will again be held in conjunction with and immediately at the conclusion of the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The RFDC is scheduled for November 8 – 10 and…

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SBA Makes Major Changes to EIDL

It was announced yesterday in Washington DC that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made a number of significant changes to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The loan cap, which previously was set at $500,000, has been increased to $2 million and actually went in effect Wednesday evening although it wasn’t announced until…

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A New Majority at NLRB

With the August 27, 2021 expiration of the term of former National Labor Relations Board member William Emmanuel, the NLRB now has a democratic majority again for the first time since 2017. The composition of the Board is driven by the party that occupies the White House at any given time in that Board members…

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Workers Unionizing Starbucks Buffalo

Starbucks is facing another unionizing effort amongst its barista “partners” again, this time in Buffalo, New York. You’ll recall that we reported just a few weeks ago that two employees fired from a Philadelphia Starbucks for unionizing activities (protected under the National Labor Relations Act) had prevailed in a legal challenge before an NLRB Administrative…

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Third-Party Deliveries Drawing Ire

In California, a proposal by San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez would require food delivery companies to provide customers – and restaurants – with an itemized breakdown of third-party fees and commissions for each transaction. Additionally, AB 286 would also allow restaurants to set the price of food and drink sold through delivery companies. The bill…

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Attorney Generals Write Congress for PRO Act

Having just advised of the NLRB General Counsel and her strong unionizing proclivities, you should also be aware that the campaign to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) and implement its many egregious provisions is now in full swing. Just two weeks ago, 17 Attorneys General from around the country –…

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