Assembly Kills AB 257

In a final vote last week, California Assembly defeated the FastFood Accountability and Standards Recovery Act or FAST Act, as it became known. The legislation (AB.257) came within only 3 votes of clearing the Assembly and making its way to the Governor’s desk. With 41 votes required for passage, the final vote tally was 38…

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California Franchisees Take Note

We advised just a couple of weeks ago about the provisions and prospects of AB 257 being considered by the California legislature in Sacramento. Well, in view of the severity of this legislative proposal and the significant negative impact it would have on QSRs across the Golden State, the International Franchise Association has been working…

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Fighting the Labor Shortage

With many small businesses continuing to struggle to get the workers it needs to get their business – and state economies – back on track, some states are trying to recreate a work-favorable environment again. Montana governor Greg Gianforte is leading the way with a most creative approach to addressing the current labor shortage in…

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Raising the Pot: Dunkin’ Scores 2 on Vegas Strip

After winning at the casinos, shopping in the boutiques and taking in a show, visitors to Las Vegas can now recharge with their favorite beverage and snack from Dunkin’. Last month, franchisee Greg Novak opened two new Dunkin’ shops on Las Vegas Boulevard, making them the first of their kind on the world-famous Strip. Previously,…

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Committees OK FAST Recovery Act

California continues to step on small businessmen and women with impunity, but this latest effort may be its most egregious yet! Over the past 2 weeks, two separate legislative committees within the state Assembly have approved AB 257, the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act (FAST Recovery Act). The legislation, sponsored by Chairperson of…

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City Mandates

Major cities across the country continue to pass new legislation on an array of issues with which you should be aware – possibly coming soon to a city near you! Starting out west again, Los Angeles this week passed an ordinance that will make disposable items such as plastic utensils and paper napkins available to…

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New Mexico Enacts Paid Sick Leave

Following the lead of a host of other states along with a growing list of counties and cities, the “Land of Enchantment” last week became the latest state to enact a broad statewide paid leave mandate on private employers. The New Mexico Healthy Workplaces Act (HWA) was signed into law by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham…

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Newsom Signs Right-to-Recall Law

California Governor Gavin Newsom, nephew of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, last week signed Senate Bill 93 into law. The new law, remarkably similar to AB 3216, a bill he just vetoed last September because in the words of his veto message, its requirements would place “too onerous a burden on employers navigating…

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COVID Sick Leave Reinstated, Extended

As we (hopefully) get closer to putting the pandemic behind us, some states and cities just continue to expand coronavirus emergency measures impacting businesses. A tale of 2 cities – or more accurately, one city and one state – when it comes to expiration of the COVID-19 specific sick leave that was mandated at the…

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Paid and Supplemental Sick Leave

Despite our getting closer to a complete reopening of the economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, some employers around the country are still being saddled with additional mandates and dictates from their own state governments. One glaring example comes from the state of New Mexico, where the state senate last week passed a…

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