DOL Withdraws Opinion Letters

Underscoring the importance of who’s calling the shots at the NLRB, DOL and other federal departments during the transition from the Trump to the Biden administration, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) this week announced that it was withdrawing three opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The…

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Advances on Business Interruption Insurance

There was some legal and legislative headway made this past week on the question of business interruption protections being applicable during the pandemic. First off, the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio ruled last week that a claim for insurance protection under business interruption coverage by a multi-state restaurant owner was valid…

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Florida Senate Advances Liability Shield Legislation

The Florida Senate Committee on the Judiciary early this week passed Senate Bill 72, which provides liability protection from frivolous lawsuits related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation, entitled Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19, protects businesses against a COVID-19 related claim specifically requires a (state) court to dismiss without prejudice any lawsuit where…

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Register for Next Week’s Food Safety Webinar

On Wednesday, February 3, we will sponsor the next program in our Wednesday Webinar Series. You should register now to attend Training and Certifying Staff in a COVID World next Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST. This important program will feature Nick Eastwood, President of Always Food Safe along with Dan…

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Keep CFA Political Action Committee Strong

Through our reporting in Small Regular No Sugar! our subscribers have read of the great work that the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) does on behalf of member franchisees across the country. With timely webinars, the virtual Congressional Town Hall meetings that began several months ago and specific representation on issues of import to franchisees,…

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Starbucks Earnings

Starbucks reported Q1 sales and earnings on Tuesday of this week with both global and US same store sales slightly weaker than expectations at minus 5%. Like other QSR operators, the US same store sales trend worsened somewhat through December, but the company sees January coming in at minus 2. While the company reported US transactions were…

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Biden Fires NLRB General Counsel Robb

On his first day in office as the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden this week terminated attorney Peter Robb from his position as General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). News reports indicate that the Biden administration requested that Robb resign from the position and allow the newly inaugurated President…

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He’s Not Fired, But He’s Still Gone

It is a different process but the same outcome over at the Federal Trade Commission offices where FTC Chairman Joseph Simmons announced he will be resigning from the FTC to allow President Biden appoint his own people. His resignation will be effective January 29. He also announced the pending departure of another eight senior level…

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Labor’s Friend in the White House

Back during the 2020 Presidential Campaign, then candidate Joe Biden made it clear where he would come down on labor issues, pledging to the AFL-CIO at a Labor Day event that he will be “the strongest labor president you ever had” when he is in the White House. Well, he’s only been there two days,…

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Massachusetts Fixes Tip Pooling Law

With the signing of H.5250, the omnibus Economic Stimulus bill on January 5, the last day of the legislative session, our decade-long effort to correct the Massachusetts tip pooling law finally bore fruit. Governor Charlie Baker last week signed the legislation into law including a critical provision amending the statutory definition of wait staff employee…

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