NLRB Finalizes Joint Employer Rule

Earlier this week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its final rule for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act. The final rule reinstates the “direct and immediate control” standard, whereby a company must have substantial direct control over the essential terms and conditions of employment of another employer’s workers in order…

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Feds Considering H-2B Visa Increase

In a budget hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee on Homeland Security this week, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf reported that a decision on raising the cap for the temporary non-agricultural guest worker H-2B visa program will be made “very shortly.” The H-2B program is currently capped at 66,000 visas issued…

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Federal Agencies Post Regulatory Guidance

Today is the deadline for all federal agencies to post all of their various guidance documents explaining their regulations. As mandated by two Executive Orders issued back in October, the guidance, which includes letters, press releases, adjudication decisions and the like, must now be posted on searchable websites. The Executive Orders signed in October –…

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California Looks To Update Franchise Law

Back in 2015, California unanimously adopted the Franchise Relations Act (AB-525), legislation that significantly improved the franchise landscape in the Golden State. Now this session, Assemblyman Chris Holden has authored and filed AB-2672, legislation that will update the 2015 law in 3 significant ways. First, AB-2672 will make existing law enforceable on all franchise agreements…

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New Jersey Governor Files Millionaire Tax Again

New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy, who in each of his two prior years in the corner office has proposed an additional surcharge on incomes in excess of $1 Million, has done it again. Murphy submitted a $40.9 billion budget to the New Jersey legislature this week, and included some $494 million in new revenue generated…

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CFA Day Forum Scheduled in DC

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations’ 2020 CFA Day Forum has been confirmed for May 20 in Washington DC and registration is now open. This event is an exceptional opportunity for franchisees to visit with their elected representatives and senators in Congress and discuss the issues that are most impacting your business. This year, the event…

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Competitor News

With plant-based proteins all the rage over the past year or so, Starbucks announced last week that it too is joining the craze, but at this point, just north of the border.  The company announced last week that on March 3 across Canada, it will launch a Beyond Meat breakfast sandwich, the first imitation meat…

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Miscellaneous

Debate continues over the long-term impact of minimum wage hikes on the economic circumstances of the lower-wage workforce with opponents pointing to the detrimental effects on business growth and job opportunities while advocates highlight more money in a worker’s weekly paycheck. Well, a new study out of the University of Washington concludes that state and…

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New Impetus for $15/hour Minimum Wage

With former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg participating in the Democratic Presidential debate in Nevada this week, his position on issues the democrats have been debating may provide more impetus for their consideration. As a case in point, let’s look at the question of increasing the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25/hour) to $15/hour. Although…

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Virginia Moving Minimum Wage Bill

On a party-line vote last week, the Virginia House of Delegates voted 55-45 to pass HB 395, a bill that will increase the current state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour to $15 by July 1, 2023. The legislation moved through the lower chamber at lightning legislative speed and is now pending in the state…

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