Winners and Losers of the Minimum Wage Hike

Lisa Scherzer of Smart Money writes in the Wall Street Journal that Millions of American workers are about to get a federally-mandated raise, but the recession has left many wondering if and how the economy will benefit. The raise, which will go into effect on July 24th.

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Obama Administration To Rescind No-match Rule

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has announced the Department will be proposing a new regulation rescinding the Social Security Administration No-Match Rule – a regulation issued by the Bush Administration in August, 2007 and enjoined by a U.S. District Court since it was introduced.

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Riese, Dunkin’ Donuts Divorce Long Time Coming

Lisa Fickenscher writes in Crain’s New York that there is no love lost between Dunkin’ Donuts and fast food king Dennis Riese, who will close all 13 of his doughnut shops Friday night and replace them on Monday with a Canadian brand, Tim Hortons eateries, as reported by Crain’s on Thursday.

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Negotiating Lower Rent For Your Business

Real estate attorney Gary O’Brien explains how commercial tenants can leverage the current economic environment to renegotiate their lease and save significant money in this article from JD Supra.

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Court Rules in Favor of Taco Bell Franchisees

The Superior Court of New Jersey granted partial summary judgment in favor of franchisees of Taco Bell Restaurants against Underwriters of Lloyds, which sold Trade Name Restoration, Loss of Business Income, and Incident Response Insurance for Food Borne Illness (TNR) policies to the franchisees.

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Maintaining Compliance with State Labor Laws

The purpose of labor laws is to make certain that employers treat their staff fairly. There are federal and state laws that protect the welfare of employees and promote relationships between employers and employees that are stable and beneficial to all involved.

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Starbucks wins California Tip-pooling Case Appeal

An appeals court in California sided with Starbucks Corp. and on Tuesday reversed a lower-court ruling that the Seattle coffee giant’s tip-sharing policies violated California labor law. The court agreed with Starbucks that shift supervisors may share in customers’ tips.

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