Trump Labor Nominee Scalia Hearing Held

President Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Labor as Secretary of Labor, Eugene Scalia was before the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions yesterday for his confirmation hearing. Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has been a partner at the management side law firm of Gibson,…

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Class Action Filed Using AB5 in California

Before the ink was even dry on the California Governor’s signature on Assembly Bill 5 (the sweeping worker classification law that codified the Dynamex decision) last week, rideshare company Uber was hit with a class-action suit alleging the company had illegally misclassified its drivers as independent contractors rather than employees. The plaintiff’s attorney, Shannon Liss-Riordan…

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Florida Wage Petition Closer to Ballot

With minimum wage increases staying in the forefront in a number of jurisdictions across the country, the state of Florida is likewise moving closer to putting the question of raising the state minimum wage on the November 2020 ballot. Florida for a Fair Wage, the primary PAC behind the measure, has thus far submitted just…

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Labor Backs Wage Hikes, Then Limits on Automation

After supporting minimum wage increases just about anywhere and everywhere that they are proposed, organized labor is now looking at the resulting turn toward automation with an eye on restricting or limiting such business options. In Oregon, where the current minimum wage for most counties is $11.25 an hour ($11 in non-urban counties and $12.50…

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Maine Salary History Prohibition In Effect

Our friends at the Bennett Law Firm in Portland Maine reminded us that a new law banning employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s salary history took effect this week. The prohibition, which formally took effect on September 18, exists until such time as the employer extends a job offer to the applicant that includes…

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New York Annual Sexual Harassment Training

In that same vein, we also wanted to remind readers that the first anniversary of the state of New York requirement for annual sexual harassment training is coming up on October 9, 2019. By that date, all employees in the state are required to have gone through their annual training session on sexual harassment. You…

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Guest Satisfaction Survey Details at DDIFO Conference

Every franchise owner in the Dunkin’ system needs to keep an eye on their Guest Satisfaction Survey (GSS) results and address those areas not up to par. Franchisees who want to maximize their GSS score will attend the 2019 DDIFO National Conference, at Foxwoods Resort and Casino on October 28 and 29 to hear Account…

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CFA Legal Symposium Topics Announced

The topics that will be presented at the its 2019 Legal Symposium by the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) are those that franchise owners cannot afford to miss, primary areas of concern for many franchise owners! The CFA program at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas on November 13 will feature many of the premier…

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The Southern Strategy for Business?

In politics some number of years ago, you would hear of the “southern strategy” as a viable political calculation as to how a presidential candidate could capture the requisite number of Electoral College votes to win the US Presidency. Well, we don’t hear much of it as a ‘political strategy’ these days, but it sure…

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CA Passes AB5

On Wednesday of this week, the California legislature gave final approval to AB-5, legislation that makes it much more difficult for businesses to classify workers as independent contractors. The bill essentially codifies the Dynamex Operations West decision of the California Supreme Court, which adopted the Massachusetts model of determining employee status with an “ABC test”.…

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