Paycheck Fairness Committee Vote Coming Next Week

The US House Rules Committee announced last week that it was scheduling a committee meeting for amendments and discussion of HR 7, the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act, on March 25. The legislation, as currently drafted, would require employers across the country to demonstrate that any and all pay disparity between a man and a woman…

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Different Directions on State Minimum Wages

It could be called a tale of three directions when we look at minimum wage actions in Arkansas, Florida and Maryland within the past two weeks. As we’ve advised in past issues, the Maryland General Assembly has been advancing minimum wage legislation to hike the state minimum to $15/hour by 2025 and just last week,…

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Going Cashless

As technology continues its unrelenting march forward, it is logical to envision more and more retail outlets and restaurants transitioning to cashless sales – even within brick-and-mortar stores. Well, that trend was just nipped in the bud in Philadelphia two weeks ago when the city council gave the final OK to a new ban on…

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Other State Issues to Watch

We tend to focus much of our efforts on the ‘bigger-ticket’ items that can most significantly impact our members, but we can’t lose sight of some lesser known, but equally impactful ideas as they percolate in different cities and states. A perfect example is currently being deliberated in New York City, where the City Council…

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Northeast Regional DDIFO Meeting

We’re delighted with the program we’ve pulled together for the 2019 Northeast Regional DDIFO Meeting on April 23, 2019 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham, Massachusetts. As more of the NextGen stores come off the drawing board and are brought to fruition, there’s that much more information that Dunkin’ franchise owners should be aware…

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What Goes Around Comes Around

That same SEIU, which gave us the Fight for $15, has pushed for unionizing within the QSR industry, has orchestrated many of the fast food work stoppages we’ve seen at different times around the country and is behind the NYC just cause employment proposal (discussed above) may be soon in for a taste of its…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin’ was one of four QSR chains that recently reached agreement with 14 state attorneys general over the issue of so-called ‘no poach’ agreements. The settlement provides that the companies (Arby’s, Five Guys & Little Caesar’s are the others) will eliminate all no poach clauses that may exist in their franchise agreements. Further, the companies…

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Miscellaneous

Earlier this month, the Trump administration submitted its fiscal 2020 budget to Congress and projected the US economy to continue the strong expansion it has experienced since the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act was enacted in 2017. Growth in fiscal year 2018 reached 2.9% for the year, but most economists do not see that kind…

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Court Reinstates EEO-1 Reporting Requirements

In another example of the Judiciary flexing its muscles and undoing policies implemented by the Trump Administration, the US District Court for Washington DC overturned a ruling by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) relating reporting requirement for the EEO-1 Form. Expanded reporting, including data on race, gender and ethnicity was implemented back in…

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H-2B Expansion & New Overtime Rule

A bipartisan group of 11 US Senators are advocating that the Trump administration increase, yet again – this time, doubling – the number of H-2B visas available for the current fiscal year. Maine’s two Senators, Republican Susan Collins and Independent Angus King, wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging DHS Secretary…

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