Seattle Targets 3rd Party Apps

The battle between municipalities and third-party delivery apps continues nationally as a new law took effect last week in Seattle. Hailed as one of the strictest laws of its kind in the country when it unanimously passed the Seattle City Council back in June, the ordinance, which became effective on September 15, requires meal delivery…

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Feeling the Heat!

The Biden administration earlier this week announced that it had instructed OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to develop workplace safety standards relating to exposure to extreme heat. Although this isn’t necessarily an immediate concern for our members and subscribers, there is enough daylight in OSHA’s preliminary language to at least warrant that you…

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Economic Trends

We’ve seen a mixed bag when it comes to economic news over the past few weeks with consumer prices continuing to rise at restaurants but restaurant spending stagnating through August. According to the Consumer Price Index report for August as released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), prices at full-service restaurants rose by 0.6%…

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CFA Legal Symposium

As more legal issues swirl around the franchise world, it becomes that much more apparent how important it is for franchisee to be up-to-speed on today’s issues. For that reason, we want to again encourage you to register for the 2021 CFA Legal Symposium. Registration is now open for the annual Legal Symposium sponsored by…

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Still Few Answers on Vaccine Mandate

Although the President announced the drastic step over one week ago, there is still very little known by way of definite answers on what will and will not be contained in the final Department of Labor Emergency Temporary Standard regarding his vaccine mandate – and it may be a few more weeks until we see…

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OMB Completes Review of DOL Tip Rule

Last week, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) completed its review of a new proposed DOL Tipping Regulation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – the last step in the review process before a new regulation is published in the Federal Register. The regulation will tighten the rules that govern how…

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NY Governor Triggers HEROES Act

When New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced on the Labor Day holiday that the state Commissioner of Health had issued a designation of the COVID-19 virus as a “highly contagious communicable disease”, the announcement triggered the state HEROES Act and along with it, a host of additional obligations on the state’s employers. The HEROES Act,…

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New York City Enforces Vaccine Passports

Earlier this week, the New York City requirement that diners must show at least proof of at least one shot of the COVID vaccine began being enforced. Notwithstanding that a lawsuit filed by a number of Big Apple restaurants last month is still pending in the courts, the city began enforcement of the Mayor’s proof…

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Missouri Expands Leave, COVID Liability Provisions

Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed the Victims Economic Safety and Security Act (VESSA) into law earlier this summer with it becoming effective on August 28. On that date, Missouri joined a number of other states in extending unpaid leave to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. VESSA applies to all employers in Missouri with…

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Starbucks Prepares for Union Effort

As we advised you a shortly before Labor Day, Starbucks is looking down the barrel of the unionizing shotgun in upstate New York as baristas in three Buffalo stores have petitioned the NLRB for a union representation election. In response, Starbucks this week attempted to significantly expand the playing field by responding to the NLRB…

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