And Looks To Kill Micro-Unions

In a similar vein, Senate Republicans are also working to advance an initiative that will undo another regulation by the National Labor Relations Board that allows for unions to organize workers in smaller specific segments or departments rather than the entire workplace.  The Board changed its historical position regarding unionizing requirements in a workplace by…

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Upcoming Events

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations, fresh off a very successful CFA Lobby Day Forum in the nation’s capital, will be hosting a free webinar next Friday, April 2 between the hours of 2 – 3 PM on the NLRB ambush election rule, what it requires and what it could mean to you and your business. …

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Competitor News

Starbucks was making news regularly the week before last, when their annual shareholder meeting was held.  Since that meeting, they’ve probably made more news than they would have preferred as they finally pulled the plug on the initial phase of their #Race Together campaign in the face of a relentless backlash from the public via…

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Fed Projects Interest Rates To Rise, Gradually

There’s good and bad news in the Federal Reserve System’s economic projections released this week with the Fed Chairman projecting short-term interest rates to climb, but not by nearly as much or as quickly as originally expected.  Fed Chairman Janet Yellen earlier this week stated that she thought increases to the rate would happen and…

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IFA Injunction Denied by Federal Court over Seattle Law

In a clear blow to franchise industry interests, the International Franchise Association’s lawsuit seeking to enjoin the Seattle Minimum Wage law from taking effect as scheduled on April 1 was denied by the Federal Court in Seattle.  In its decision, the court rejected every IFA argument that allowing certain provisions of the law to take…

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Target Follows Suit and Increases Minimum Wages

It was reported this week by the Wall Street Journal that retailing giant Target would also be increasing the minimum wages paid to their lowest paid earners to $9/hour effective April.  Target is not specifically matching the increases that Wal-Mart, the Minnesota-based Target’s major competitor announced recently.  Wal-Mart last month announced wage increases to $9…

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FMLA And FLSA Lawsuits Rise Over Prior Year

US Courts recently released 2014 statistics showing an increase in the number of cases initiated in federal courts overall as well as under the specific provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Not surprisingly in light of the pro-labor bias shown over the past few years…

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Florida County Passes Wage Theft Ordinance

Florida’s Osceola County, which includes the cities of Kissimmee, St. Cloud and Buenaventura Lakes, has passed an ordinance that provides for recovery of wage theft and underpayment of wages claims to be resolved without going through Florida courts.  The ordinance, approved on a 4 -1 vote, is based on a similar one in Miami-Dade County,…

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Maine Governor Pushes Ending Income Tax

Maine Governor Paul LePage last week announced that he will back a petition campaign to eliminate the state income tax entirely.  At a forum in Auburn, LePage blamed the income tax for many of the state’s problems and articulated his plan for a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the state income tax forever.  His current…

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Obama Slams Wisconsin’s Walker for Signing Right To Work Law

Just days after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed his state up as the 25th in the nation with a Right-To-Work law on the books, lame-duck President Barack Obama attacked the likely candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination in a statement released Monday by the White House.  In part, Obama professed his deep disappointment that…

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