“Speak Out Act” Sent to Biden

With the US House of Representatives passing the so-called Speak Out Act two weeks ago, the measure was presented to the White House yesterday for President Biden’s signature. He is expected to sign the measure. The bipartisan bill, S.4524, passed by the Senate in September, makes pre-dispute non-disclosure agreements unenforceable. Once signed by the President,…

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CFA Urges Franchise Rule Improvements

In a letter sent two weeks ago to Lina Kahn, the Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) urged that the agency consider the many comments submitted by franchisees during the public comment period and to await the conclusion of an ongoing review by the General Accountability Office (GAO).…

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Predictive Scheduling on Tap

Small business can expect to see one of its worst nightmares come to fruition in Los Angeles as the City Council early this week gave unanimous final approval to the so-called Fair Work Week ordinance by a vote of 10-0. “Fair Work Week LA”, first introduced in 2019 and taking effect on April 1, 2023,…

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New PFML Forms Required Today

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) released new model notice forms last week and at the same time, updated its mandatory workplace poster. Fortunately, the PFML contribution rate for most employers has decreased with the new rates taking effect on January 1, 2023. That said, Massachusetts employers must provide a new PFML…

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Sunday Deadline for FAST Act Petition

Speaking of California, it’s do or die this weekend for Save Local Restaurants, a coalition consisting of the International Franchise Association (IFA) along with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the U.S Chamber of Commerce. They have spearheaded the effort to overturn the California FAST Act and by Sunday, December 4, the coalition must have…

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Updating Unionizing Efforts

After peaking earlier this summer, unionizing efforts at Starbucks stores across the country have seemed to slow down over the past few months, but the broader effort to organize within the QSR industry continues. Most recently, two locations of California-based Peets Coffee filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for union representation elections. The…

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Do As We Say, Not As We Do

Their hypocrisy is championship caliber, as a chapter of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in California – in fact, Local 2015, one of the largest local within SEIU – has been quite aggressive in trying to bust the union of its own staff members. About 95% of the union workers voted to authorize a…

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Miscellaneous

File under Life after Dunkin’. We noted an interesting staffing announcement at the beginning of last month by SharkNinja, apparently a leading producer of small household appliances. The Massachusetts based company announced the appointment of Paul Carbone as the Chief Financial Officer effective November 7. Carbone served as Chief Financial Officer for Dunkin’ Brands for…

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Gridlock Returns

At long last, it appears the final votes have all been counted and notwithstanding many predictions of a major ‘red wave’ coming in the 2022 midterms, the results were anything but. Despite the history of midterm elections always costing the party occupying the White House, democrats held on to the majority in the Senate and…

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Biden Nominates New IRS Boss

Toward that end, President Biden has officially nominated a new Commissioner to head up the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The name of Danny Werfel, the head of Boston Consulting Group’s global public sector practice, was sent to the US Senate for confirmation as the new IRS Commissioner. If confirmed by the Senate, Werfel will take…

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