National Right to Union Reintroduced

In a similar pro-union stance, democratic lawmakers in both the US House and Senate have reintroduced the National Right to Unionize Act (NRUA) in Washington DC. The NRUA takes direct aim at the right-to-work laws that have been adopted by 27 states across the country. Right to work laws protect worker freedoms by prohibiting compulsory…

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Newsom Signs FAST Act into Law

As we suggested last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom wasted no time in signing into law the FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act). After languishing in the state senate for the better part of the legislative session, the bill moved at breakneck speed over the last days of the session, passing with…

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Industry Plans California Ballot Repeal

In the wake of the Fast Act being signed into law (see above), a coalition of restaurant industry groups (Protect Neighborhood Restaurants) has filed the requisite paperwork to place a question on the 2024 California ballot asking voters to repeal the FAST Act. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the International Franchise Association (IFA) seem…

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FAST Act Passes

In a quick turn of events earlier this week, the office of California Governor Gavin Newsom initiated a major rewrite of several provisions in the FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act) and submitted them to the Senate, which accepted them and passed the legislation on a vote of 21 – 12. The…

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Two Thumbs on the Scale

As the calendar closes in on August 31 and the end of the California legislative session, the window for AB 257, the so-called FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act) is slowly closing, but intensifying at the same time. Word out of the Golden State is that the bill is still likely to…

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All Eyes on FAST Act

Should it be passed and signed into law, the FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act) heading to a final vote this month in the California state senate will wreak havoc on the fast food franchise industry in California. Having previously been approved by the Assembly, a positive vote on the legislation in…

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Senators Target Credit Card Swipe Fees

Bipartisan legislation being filed in the United States Senate would lower the fees that restaurants and other retailers pay to process credit card transactions. The legislation, S.4674, sponsored by Senators Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), would require that the largest bank credit cards (over $100 billion in assets) provide at…

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Growing the Bureaucracy

As if the federal government bureaucracy weren’t already big enough, now legislation has been filed in Congress creating a new federal agency – the U.S. Food Safety Administration (FSA). Filed jointly by Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), in both branches, the Food Safety Administration…

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Trio of New Employment Laws

A trio of new laws took effect on July 1 in the state of Tennessee of which employers in the Volunteer State need to be aware. The laws address race-based discrimination, Veteran’s Day and the physical or mental deficiencies of workers. First off, the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act…

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House Funding Online Union Elections

If the US House Appropriations Committee gets its way on pending funding legislation, the National Labor Relations Board will be in position to create a system whereby union representation elections would be held electronically. Last week, the Appropriations Committee formally approved FY23 funding legislation that includes funding for virtual elections thereby opening the door further…

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