Court Dismisses AB5 Lawsuit

The District Court for the District of Southern California has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the validity of California’s AB5 law. The challenge, which was filed by the International Franchise Association (IFA) along with DDIFO, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and the Supercuts Franchisee Association (SFA) back in November 2020, centered around California‘s ABC…

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New York Extends HERO Act Again

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has again extended the designation of COVID-19 as a “highly contagious communicable disease” and thereby kept the provisions of the Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act) in full force and effect. The designation, now extended to February 15, triggers obligations for New York employers to keep their airborne infectious…

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Checking Again on Unions

Regrettably, it seems the broad subject of unionization and what organized labor is doing is becoming a regular feature in Small Regular No Sugar! of late. This week, two more Starbucks stores in the Boston area (now totaling 4 in Boston market) as well as a store in Tallahassee Florida filed for union representation elections…

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Competitor News

Aside from its growing union issues, Starbucks this week reversed course on its own previously announced employee vaccine-or-test mandate after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Biden administration vaccine-or-test mandate. Starbucks told employees this week that the company will no longer require its US workers to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing as it had…

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Keep CFA PAC Strong

Through our reporting in Small Regular No Sugar! our subscribers have read of the great work that the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) does on behalf of member franchisees across the country. With their diligent representation on issues of import to franchisees, CFA has proven its value time and again. Their work is critical to…

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NLRB Certifies 2nd Starbucks Union

We may collectively be looking past the current unionizing troubles befalling Starbucks, but franchisees who do, do so at their own peril! Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) certified union representation for the second Starbucks store in the Buffalo market. The union effort that ended on December 8 was originally reported to have…

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NLRB & DOL Team Up on Enforcement

Late last week, the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that the two agencies had partnered with each other for purposes of enhancing their enforcement capabilities. In order to facilitate more cooperation – and “improve the enforcement process of the laws they administer and reaffirm[s]…

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Senators Urge Weil Withdrawal

A handful of Republican Senators answered our prayers last week in urging the White House to withdraw the nomination of David Weil for the position of Administrator of the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division. A staunch opponent of the franchise business model and all things franchising, Wei, an academician and anti-business author, was…

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That Was Quick!

Newly unionized Starbucks workers in the company’s Elmwood New York store wasted n time in flexing their new union muscles, walking off the job this week and forcing the company to close that store for the day. The six scheduled employees who walked out then formed a picket line outside the store. The Elmwood store…

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CFA 2022 Lobby Day

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) has tweaked its schedule for the 2022 CFA Lobby Day at the Nation’s Capital by moving it back one day to June 22, 2022. The move ensures that a vast majority of Representatives and Senators in Congress will be in Washington and available for member meetings at that time.…

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