Another Micro-Union

NLRB Region 10 Director John Doyle ordered a union election for a sub-group of employees at the Boeing Company, despite a December decision by the full National Labor Relations Board that narrowed the circumstances under which micro-units could be created. This case involves approximately 180 flight readiness technicians and inspectors seeking to organize as a…

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SCOTUS OKs Arbitration vs. Class Action

By a 5-4 decision released earlier this week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) confirmed that employers have the right to require employees address grievances through arbitration and not class action litigation. With so many recent frivolous issues being litigated against small business employers recently (butter v. margarine, real blueberries v blueberry filling,…

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Overtime Rule Being Recast

The Department of Labor has indicated that it will be proposing new rules within the next few months to govern the parameters of overtime pay – both as relates the “regular rate of pay”  and the so-called white collar exemption. DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) plans to issue a new rule clarifying the regular…

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Seattle Approves “Head Tax” on Employers

Apparently determined to kill economic prosperity, at least within its own city limits, Seattle city councilors unanimously voted to impose a new tax on large employers within the city. Mayor Jenny Durkan, who won the office last November after her predecessor Mayor Ed Murray was caught in a child sex abuse scandal, threatened to veto…

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Predictive Scheduling Taking Effect in July

More bad news for business interests in the Pacific Northwest as predictive scheduling will become effective in Oregon in just over one month. Last year you may recall, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law the first statewide predictive scheduling mandate in the nation, Senate bill 828,. The dictate, which applies to non-exempt employees working…

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Bracing for Paid Leave in Rhode Island

It seems prudent to advise early of changes and mandates that will take effect when new government fiscal years begin in July. As with predictive scheduling in Oregon above, July 2018 becomes a trigger date for new mandates in Rhode Island as well. The Healthy and Safe Families and Workplace Act, signed into law by…

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Missouri Readies Right To Work Referendum

Missouri, which had previously become a “right to work” state back in February 2017 when Governor Eric Greitens signed it into law, will have the voters deciding the issue again in the August primary election this year. Organized labor and other right to work opponents initiated a petition campaign over a year ago to suspend…

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Only Two+ Weeks To Go

Just over two weeks until the 2018 DDIFO National Conference kicks off at Harrahs New Orleans Hotel & Casino in the Big Easy, New Orleans Louisiana – but, there’s still time for new attendees to register. We’ll open this year’s event on Monday, June 11 at 11:00 AM with The Phantom Gourmet, and follow up…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin’ Brands recently announced the appointment of Drayton Martin to the position of Vice President for Brand Stewardship. Martin, who comes to Dunkin’ from MullenLowe and brings more than 20 years of marketing and advertising experience, will report to CMO Tony Weisman, Dunkin’ Donuts US. Elsewhere, Dunkin’ Brands alum and former President of Dunkin’ Brands…

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Competitor News

Peet’s Coffee has relaunched its loyalty rewards program, Peetniks Rewards, and claims growth over the past six months of 350%. In doing so, the company is said to have won the 2018 Paytronix Loyaltee Award for Best Loyalty Restaurant Launch. There might be a catch however in that Peet’s moved its rewards program to the…

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