White House Puts Thumb on The Scale

With the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seemingly pulling out all the stops to punish business and ‘win’ unionization at every turn, the President added the prestige of the White House to that effort with a pro-union meeting at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. President Biden made it clear during his campaign that he would be the…

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Senate Confirms Bedoya to FTC

On Wednesday of this week by a vote of 51-50 with the Vice President breaking the tie, the U.S. Senate formally confirmed Alvaro Bedoya as a member of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Bedoya, who is the Founding Director of Georgetown University’s Center of Privacy and Technology as well as a Visiting Professor at the…

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NLRB Continues Pursuit of Starbucks

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is flexing more of its pro-union muscle against Starbucks as the government agency leveled no fewer than 33 unfair labor practice complaints against the company. The NLRB complaints, filed by the Regional Director for the Buffalo New York Region, stem from the initial unionizing efforts within Starbucks. Notwithstanding a…

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International Labor Relations Board?

As the federal agency charged with being the fair and impartial arbiter of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) within the United States, the NLRB is expanding enforcement of employee rights as articulated by the NLRA beyond the national boundaries. Toward that end, NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo this week announced that her office had…

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And Yet, More Union Battlegrounds

Vermont gadfly Senator Bernie Sanders chairs the Senate Budget Committee that held a public hearing last week objectively entitled “Should Taxpayer Dollars Go to Companies that Violate Labor Laws?” One of the prime speakers invited to testify was a fired Amazon employee (Chris Smalls) who helped create the Amazon Labor Union (ALU). Smalls testified that…

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ROC Front Targets Tipped Wage

One Fair Wage, the wholly-owned non-profit political arm of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) that is backed (and financed?) by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is now bringing pressure on company stockholders to eliminate tip credits. Through stockholders, including the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed…

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DDIFO Webinars

You now only have a few days left before the next DDIFO webinar takes place next Wednesday, May 18 at 3:00 PM EDT. At that time, we’ll present “Streamlining Your Hiring Process to Beat the Labor Shortage” featuring Josh Smish of DDIFO Business Member Workstream. With the current state of hiring, franchisees need any and…

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CFA Lobby Day Fast Approaching

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) Lobby Day Forum, planned for June 22 in Washington DC, offers business leaders like Dunkin’ franchise owners from across the footprint a great opportunity to dig deeper into the issues that most affect your operations – and your bottom line! Register now to attend this year’s event and help…

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Hawaii Passes $18 Wage

The legislature in the Aloha State has passed a new minimum wage bill and sent it to term-limited lame-duck Governor David Ige for his signature. House Bill 2510 begins increasing the current $10.10 per hour wage on October 1 of this year, mandating a rise to $12 per hour at that time. Subsequently, the wage…

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EIDL Portal Closing Next Week

As we’ve advised in the past, the Small Business Administration ceased accepting applications to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program as of January 1 of this year. Today, May 6, 2022 is the deadline for those who want to request a loan increase or perhaps reconsideration of a loan rejection! The COVID-19 EIDL Portal, also…

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