California Supreme Court Counters NLRB

In an important decision in the case of Taylor Patterson v Dominos Pizza rendered last week, the California Supreme Court ruled that Domino’s Pizza could not be held liable for sexual harassment that was alleged to have been perpetrated by a store manager.  The decision is the polar opposite of the ruling issued by the…

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No News On IFA Injunction vs. Seattle Minimum Wage

The federal court has yet to rule on the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent implementation of the new municipal minimum wage law until the court hears the IFA challenge.  You will recall that the Seattle law, signed into law back in June of this year, provides a 7 year phase-in for…

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IFA Sues Over Seattle $15/Hour Minimum Law

As had been anticipated, the International Franchise Association has filed a legal action challenging the passage and enactment of Seattle’s new $15/hour minimum wage.  The lawsuit, which had been promised by the IFA since last week, challenges the validity of the Seattle ordinance under a broad and lengthy array of charges including: violating the US Commerce…

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Seattle Approves $15/Hour Minimum

As expected, the Seattle City Council this week voted to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour on a phased in schedule.  By a vote of 9 – 0, the Council approved an amended version of the proposal pushed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the $15 Now organization.  The ordinance requires those companies…

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Unions Can Accompany OSHA During Inspections – CML Alert

We advised you of this issue in the March 28, 2014 Small Regular No Sugar when it first came to our attention, but it is important enough where we wanted to revisit it.  Our friends at Sesco Management Consulting have issued another advisory on an interpretation letter published by the Occupational Safety Hazard Administration (OSHA)…

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Grocery Manufacturers Association To Sue Vermont over GMO Bill

In what is no surprise to anyone who has watched the advancement of legislation in the Green Mountain state that mandates special labelling of all foodstuffs where any component contains a genetically modified organism, the Grocers Manufacturers Association announced plans recently to initiate litigation in federal court challenging the validity of the nation’s first such…

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NLRB Running Amok

In continuing a string of anti-business rulings, the National Labor Relations Board has again come down hard on standard business decisions, ruling recently that an employer’s enforcement of a workplace policy prohibiting employees from disseminating confidential information, such as personal or financial information violated the National Labor Relations Act and was therefore illegal.  The particular…

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21-Cent Debit Swipe Fee Upheld by Federal Appeals Court

 The US Appeals Court for the District of Columbia last week issued a 38 page decision upholding a Federal Reserve 2011 compromise which placed a 21 cent fee on debit swipes.  The fee replaced the previous 44-cent swipe fee and resulted from the 2010 Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection and Wall Street Reform law.

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McDonalds Sued On Overtime and Other Employee Allegations

Any members who aren’t too worried about whether or how the President’s overtime order should pay special attention to the fact that McDonalds was sued this week by a number of employees in California, Michigan and New York.  The class action lawsuits filed in both federal and state courts claimed that the “Golden Arches” were…

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