Fight for $15 Targets Unionizing Chipotle

It would appear that the SEIU’s Fight for $15 campaign, which has long targeted unionizing McDonald’s restaurants, may now be targeting their organizing efforts at Chipotle employees. Last week, the union brought its campaign to Washington, DC, where they were handing out flyers outside of Chipotle locations in the Nation’s Capital. The fliers sought to…

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Governor Vetoes NC Franchise Tax Cut

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper last week vetoed legislation that would have cut the tax rate on franchises in North Carolina. Protesting that the bill “prioritizes corporate tax cuts over investments in education . . .”, Governor Cooper vetoed S.B.578 which cut business franchise taxes at the same time that he signed a different tax…

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Back To the Future: ERA Version

Many of our readers likely are young enough to have only heard of the most recent effort to amend the US Constitution with adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment in history classes, but believe it or not, ERA is back in the news. To refresh your memory, amendments to the Constitution require a two-thirds majority…

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Miscellaneous

It’s official, with October job growth numbers, US employers have added jobs to their payrolls for 109 months straight – the longest stretch of job creation the government began collecting those records in 1939! On average this year, employers have added 167,000 jobs per month! It should be no surprise then that small business optimism…

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What Happens in Vegas . . .

A number of DDIFO leaders and members attended the 2019 Restaurant Finance and Development Conference and later the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) Legal Symposium this week in Las Vegas. At the Restaurant Finance Conference, there was much talk about franchisor and franchisee relationships, and the need to creatively cover rising labor and rent expense. Generally…

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Prospects For Tax Extender Correction Dim

As we march closer to the end of the calendar and another presidential election year, the chances for corrective action by Congress to reinstate important tax extenders grows dimmer each week according to Ways & Means ranking member Kevin Brady (R-TX). Several important tax incentives were erroneously eliminated by a drafting error in the Tax…

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Fair Workweek Laws Are New Priority

From those who gave us the $15 minimum wage and dramatic expansion of paid sick leave and other employee benefit mandates across much of the country, they’re establishing a new priority moving forward – Fair Workweek laws. The Fight for $15 and its associated labor groups have seemingly shifted gears and are now organizing in…

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More Restroom Issues at Starbucks (Ally’s Law)

A story in the Boston Globe earlier this year was brought to our attention by one of our members with some questions on bathroom access requirements and we believe those questions warrant some further cautionary reporting. The Globe story was on the dilemma of an attorney in Massachusetts stricken with Crohn’s Disease, which at times…

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California Court Tags Service Fees As Tips

A spooky court decision released on Halloween stirred up a cauldron of surprises for California employers over the question of contractual service charges. An appellate court in California ruled that mandatory service charges added by banquet facilities to their contracts may actually (and legally) be defined as gratuities and owed to banquet service employees! The…

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Elections Have Consequences

In most states, elections were held earlier this week and we want to just touch on a couple of results as they may become relevant to business issues in the future. First off, up in Portland Maine, incumbent progressive Mayor Ethan Strimling was eliminated before the final round in the ranked-choice local election. He defined…

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