Competitor News

Starbucks was making news regularly this past week, when their annual shareholder meeting was being held.  First off, CEO Howard Schultz announced the company was jumping into the race relations conversation with their #Race Together initiative via a full-page ad in last Sunday’s New York Times.  Having their baristas write race together messages on their…

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Delay Sought In Small Business Insurance Requirement

Major small business representatives formally requested that the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) delay moving businesses with between 51 and 99 employees into the small group market, subjecting them to additional benefit and premium rating requirements.  For employers with between 51 and 99 employees, the law contained a provision allowing them 2 full…

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Wisconsin’s Governor Walker Signs Right to Work Law

It was not the least bit surprising when Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker this week signed into law Right to Work legislation making Wisconsin the 25th state to enact right-to-work laws. The law makes it illegal to require the payment of union dues as a requirement of employment.  Walker, a likely GOP presidential candidate for the…

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Then Labor Sues Him Over It

Just days after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the new Wisconsin new Right to Work legislation into law, organized labor expressed their strong disapproval by filing suit challenging the new law as an unconstitutional transfer of property in that unions would still be required under federal law to provide services to employees who choose not…

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Texas Seeks To Limit Joint-Employer Ruling

The Texas State Legislature does not want to see the NLRB redefine the role of a franchisor in the context of joint-employer status and is advancing legislation that will specifically exclude a franchisor from that category within the Lone Star State!  SB 652 was favorably reported out of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and…

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Maine Considers Host of Minimum Wage Bills

An array of bills seeking to increase the minimum wage in the state of Maine are under consideration by the legislature in the capital of Augusta.  The minimum wage battle is shaping up as a classic one in light of the fact that the recently re-elected popular republican Governor Paul LePage is advocating right to…

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Styrofoam Ban Pushed in Maine

Minimum wages are not the only issues being considered in the state of Maine as the Environment and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing earlier this week on a bill that will ban the use of Styrofoam food and beverage containers in the state.  Lincolnville democratic representative Christine Burstein filed the legislation which was the…

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Upcoming Events

There’s not much time left to sign up for the 2015 CFA Day Forum at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC on March 24 – 25, 2015.  The 2-day event will feature talks by prominent elected officials, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), as well as Congressman…

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Restaurants Lead Job Growth

During the month of February, the nation’s restaurant industry added just under 59,000 jobs to the nation’s economy, the 60th consecutive month of strong job growth within the industry.  According to a report by the National Restaurant Association, the industry added over 150,000 jobs within the last three months alone and it is projecting the…

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Hollywood’s Version of Reality

In this day and age, no person should be paid less on the basis of their sex. If a woman does the same job as a man – and performs it at the same level – their compensation shouldn’t be determined by their gender. With that said, the actress Patricia Arquette’s comments about equal pay…

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