Coalition To Save Local Businesses –

In the face of all these anti-business actions from this administration, we would encourage our members and subscribers to join the Coalition to Save Local Businesses and help fight against these regulatory excesses.  It was created largely in response to excessive anti-business actions taken by the NLRB, most notably the proposed changes to the long-established…

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SEIU Sleight of Hand In Poll Results

Although it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to anyone, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) recently released a poll they commissioned through their National Council for Occupational Safety and Health that purported to show that some 79% of fast food kitchen workers had been burned on the job!  Certainly headline-grabbing to this point, but…

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At the State Level

As legislative sessions begin to get more involved, we’re seeing more action now in state houses across the country.  The Maine legislature recently hosted a packed public hearing at which they took testimony on a number of different proposals to increase the minimum wage by various amounts.  Negotiations are now underway to find a suitable…

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Upcoming Events

The 2015 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference begins next Tuesday evening at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with a great lineup of speakers, events and exhibits.  This year’s Chairman of the MUFC is multi-unit Dunkin’ franchisee Rob Branca, who is quoted extensively in a feature article in the latest 1851 Magazine.  We congratulate Rob on his MUFC…

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Miscellaneous

The National Restaurant Association reported this week that despite a bit of weather-driven sluggishness, business confidence within the restaurant industry remains relatively strong.  For the 24th consecutive month, the NRA Restaurant Performance Index remained above 100.00, clocking in at 102.6 for February, down slightly from January’s mark of 102.7.  The industry was still hiring well…

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Competitor News

Topping the news from competitors would be this week’s announcement by McDonalds that they will increase their minimum wages in company-owned stores beginning in July, 2015.  Over the subsequent 18 months, the Golden Arches plans to bring their lowest paid corporate workers up to a minimum of $1/hour above the specific legislated minimum for each…

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SCOTUS Sides With Pregnant Worker vs. UPS

The Supreme Court of the United States this week agreed with a pregnant UPS worker’s contention that the lower court erred in finding in favor of UPS and remanded the case to the Fourth Circuit court.  Interestingly, the Supreme Court rejected both of the actual claims put forth by attorneys for Peggy Young, the pregnant…

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IFA Injunction Tossed Out in Seattle Challenge

Speaking of lawsuits and court decisions, the lawsuit initiated last year by the International Franchise Association (IFA) in the wake of Seattle passing a new $15 minimum wage law suffered a major defeat when the US District Court in Seattle rejected all of the IFA arguments and refused to enjoin the law, which will take…

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Family and Medical Leave Proposal Refiled

Federal legislation that would establish a paid family and medical leave program has been refiled in the both branches of Congress by Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) respectively.  Current law provides workers with unpaid job-protected leave for covered serious health issues, but these proposals (H.R.1439 & S.786), would create…

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Congress Kills NLRB “Ambush” Election, But Obama Will Likely Veto

The US House last week voted to approve legislation that kills the NLRB “ambush election rule” that simplifies and expedites unionizing efforts.  The House vote, 232 – 186, essentially fell along party lines and follows a similar party-line vote in the Senate earlier this month.  The bill invokes a rarely used Congressional power to challenge…

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