“Hero Pay” Program Takes Effect

Earlier this month, the state of Connecticut launched the application process for its new Hero Pay program for essential workers. The program, funded with a $30 million appropriation in the state budget, may provide up to $1,000 in a pandemic pay premium for eligible, private-sector essential workers. To qualify, employees must be deemed essential workers…

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Two Thumbs on the Scale

As the calendar closes in on August 31 and the end of the California legislative session, the window for AB 257, the so-called FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act) is slowly closing, but intensifying at the same time. Word out of the Golden State is that the bill is still likely to…

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Upcoming Webinars

We’ll resume our Webinar Wednesday series in only a few short weeks when DDIFO will host: Present Market Conditions & the Benefits of Using a Broker. This timely one-hour program will be held on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 beginning at 1:00 PM EDT. The presentation will provide an up-to-the-minute overview of today’s franchise lending trends…

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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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Federal Court Orders Workers Rehired

Late yesterday, the NLRB announced that it had prevailed in federal district court and won an injunction against Starbucks ordering the company to rehire a number of workers it had terminated and further to cease all unlawful activities. The case involved a successful union election held at a Starbucks in Memphis where the company disciplined…

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All Eyes on FAST Act

Should it be passed and signed into law, the FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act) heading to a final vote this month in the California state senate will wreak havoc on the fast food franchise industry in California. Having previously been approved by the Assembly, a positive vote on the legislation in…

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NLRB Accused of Misconduct

Speaking of organized labor, the latest news on unionizing efforts within local Starbucks’ stores has the company accusing the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Starbucks Workers United union of misconduct on the basis of allegations made by a whistleblower in the agency. Starbucks has formally claimed that agency officials interfered with elections by…

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Joint Employer Next Up, Again?

Earlier this month, the US Circuit Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) should revisit the ruling the board rendered two years ago regarding joint-employer status. A three-judge panel of the court determined that “the ruling for Browning-Ferris Industries Inc in 2020 failed to explain why it had…

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Court Upholds Vulgar Graffiti Ruling

In another DC court ruling, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for DC last week upheld a decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) whereby the agency found a manufacturer violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by firing a worker who made a vulgar protest against the employer by writing the words “whore…

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Wages Again Heading to the Ballot

In the wake of public hearings being held last week up in Portland Maine, the Portland City Council voted to approve a ballot measure raising the minimum wage within Maine’s largest city and put it before the voters this November. The initiative would raise the current minimum waged of $13 per hour to $18 an…

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