NLRB Captures Largest Settlement Ever

The National Law Relations Board (NLRB) earlier this month announced that it had won the largest settlement in history for unfair labor practices – $76 million – and the culprit was none other than CNN! The case began back in 2003 after CNN terminated a contract with a union company (Team Video Services) and replaced…

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Ohio Advocates Pushing Wage Ballot Question

Union advocates in Ohio are focusing on increasing the state minimum wage of $8.70 per hour through a ballot initiative this fall. Ohioans for Raising the Wage, a group comprised of SEIU members along with others from the Ohio Education Association, the Ohio Unity Coalition and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, have filed a petition with…

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Miscellaneous

Rising labor costs (48%), employee turnover (44%) and insufficient training (39%) ran 1, 2 & 3 as barriers to improved restaurant operations according to a recent Zenput and Technomic survey. The survey of 295 restaurant operators also found 27% of operators are using technology “to a great extent” to automate aspects of their operation. Last…

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Fight for $15 Active Again in New Year

The SEIU (Service Employees International Union) sponsored advocacy group, Fight for $15, continues to push for increased wage minimums in a host of states around the country. The most recent example of their ongoing efforts was seen in the state of New Hampshire, where the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted last week to raise…

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DOL Finalizes Joint Employer

Notwithstanding the above and possible re-opening of the issue, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released the final version of the long-awaited joint employer rule. The final rule now employs a four-part test to determine joint employer status that includes whether a franchise: 1) maintains power to hire and fire; 2) supervise schedules and…

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Plastic Still in the Crosshairs

Legislators and environmental activists across the nation continue to target single-use plastic bags, straws and other plastic products for elimination as the new legislative sessions begin. Massachusetts will most assuredly advance a plastic bag ban, although 135 communities already have a local ban of some sort on their books. The state senate approved a sweeping…

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NY Governor Calls for Paid Leave Mandate

In his 2020 State of the State Address this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called for employers in the Empire State to provide paid sick leave benefits for employees. The Governor’s plan would mandate that employers of 5 to 99 workers provide 5 days of paid sick leave annually and those with 100 or…

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Cuomo OKs Default Cures, Targets Styrofoam, Plus

As always seems to be the case, there’s much happening on a broad array of issues in New York. First off just last week, Cuomo gave his approval and signed a new law that will give some small businesses the right to cure a default and thereby avoid costly fines in many regulatory first-offense cases.…

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Miscellaneous

Starbucks recently reached a $176,000 three-year settlement agreement with New York City for violating NYC employment laws by requiring employees to find their own substitutes when they took sick leave. Announcing the settlement, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio and other city officials said the chain must also prominently post education posters explaining the city sick…

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Much Year-End Action at NLRB

Despite approval of 2 articles of impeachment against the President this week in the US House, the more impactful news these weeks may be coming out of the National Labor Relations Board. Nothing will change when the impeachment articles are rejected by the Senate, but the NLRB has made some big changes that will reverberate…

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