NLRB Allows Pro-Union Attire

In yet another reversal of a Trump-era policy, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled this week that Tesla was guilty of an unfair labor practice when it prohibited employees from wearing clothing at work that bears the UAW union logo. The company policy at issue is a dress code that required employees to wear…

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Unionization Spreads to Chipotle

In the first union representation election held within the Chipotle system, employees in a Lansing Michigan store agreed to unionize by an 11-3 vote through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The Lansing effort was the first to go completely through to a formal vote, but not the first store to request a union election…

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Economic Trends

According to new data released this week from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. consumer spending ticked up by 0.1 percent in July—which marks a slowdown from the previous month when the indicator jumped by one percent. The deceleration of consumer spending however, comes as households face persistently high inflation and rising interest rates. And,…

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Starbucks

Starbucks yesterday announced that Laxman Narasimhan will become the next Chief Executive Officer of the company beginning next month on October 1, 2022. Narasimhan will work closely with founder and current interim CEO Howard Schultz for the next six months after which time, he will fully assume the CEO role and join the Starbucks Board…

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Two Upcoming Webinars

We have two new webinars upcoming in September for which registration fliers will be sent out soon. In the meantime, mark you calendars for September 21 and September 28. Present Market Conditions & the Benefits of Using a Broker.will be held on September 21 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT, just three short weeks away.…

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CFA Legal Symposium

It’s time to start planning to attend the 2022 Coalition of Franchisee Associations Legal Symposium. This year’s premier CFA event will be held on October 26 – 27 at the Margaritaville Resort in Orlando, Florida. Whether you’re considering buying another franchise, have a current legal concern, want to protect yourself from future liability or just…

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Starbucks-Union Battles Escalate

The ongoing unionizing battles within the Starbucks system continues to escalate on both fronts as the Workers United union has filed more complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In addition, the company has advised employees in two more stores – one in Seattle and the other in Kansas City, both of which have…

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E-Verify Technical Problems

We were notified earlier this week by the government that E-Verify is experiencing intermittent system outages during case creation over the past week or so. They requested that we caution you that due to these technical difficulties, users may experience system timeouts and increased processing times when creating and submitting cases. They went on to…

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I-9 Rule Offers Virtual Inspection

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its first proposed rule on the Optional Alternatives to the Physical Document Examination Associated with Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9). The proposed rule, published in the Federal Register last week, does not yet include a detailed plan for virtual inspection of Form I-9. Instead, the proposed rule…

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Unpaid Bereavement Leave Extended

Although it won’t become effective for a few more months, be advised that earlier this summer, Illinois enacted amendments to the Child Bereavement Leave Act, expanding the law’s scope and renaming it the “Family Bereavement Leave Act” (FBLA). The amendments are effective January 1, 2023, and they: (1) expand the definition of family members covered…

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