DoorDash Sues NYC Again

We advised a couple of weeks ago that the NYC City Council had adopted a 15% cap on third-party delivery fees, and shortly after the ink on that ordinance dried, DoorDash and other third-party delivery firms challenged the ordinance in court. While that challenge is pending, DoorDash also filed a separate suit this week, challenging…

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Competitor News

After launching its IPO, Dutch Bros had its first day of trading Wednesday and enjoyed strong investor interest, closing at $37, 70% above its $23/share listed price. The company, which has 471 units in 11 states with overwhelming concentration in its home state of Oregon along with northern California, is expanding. While more than half…

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CFA Legal Symposium

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) this week opened registration for its popular annual Legal Symposium. The 2021 event will again be held in conjunction with and immediately at the conclusion of the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The RFDC is scheduled for November 8 – 10 and…

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Biden Vaccine Mandate

Last night from the White House, President Biden announced that through the US Department of Labor’s Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA), he will be requiring that all American employers with 100 or more employees mandate that their employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus or produce a negative COVID-19 test on a weekly basis. In…

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SBA Makes Major Changes to EIDL

It was announced yesterday in Washington DC that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made a number of significant changes to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. The loan cap, which previously was set at $500,000, has been increased to $2 million and actually went in effect Wednesday evening although it wasn’t announced until…

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W&M Starts Reconciliation Mark-up

Earlier this week, the U.S. House Committee on Ways & Means announced that it would begin marking up the budget resolution that House and Senate leadership hope to pass without Republican support. “Mark-up” is that point in the legislative process where the responsible committee determines which specific issues are added or removed from the legislation…

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A New Majority at NLRB

With the August 27, 2021 expiration of the term of former National Labor Relations Board member William Emmanuel, the NLRB now has a democratic majority again for the first time since 2017. The composition of the Board is driven by the party that occupies the White House at any given time in that Board members…

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COBRA Notice Deadline Wednesday

As we advised you a couple of weeks ago, a 100% subsidy of COBRA premiums was mandated by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) through September 30. The ARPA further dictated that plan administrators give advance notice to “assistance-eligible individuals” (AEIs) that their COBRA subsidy period is coming to an end. The final date by…

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“Another one bites the dust!”

As the Biden administration continues trying to reverse seemingly every action of the predecessor Trump administration – especially those that are perceived as favorable to business – the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced last week and published in the Federal Register that it plans to rescind a November 2019 notice regarding EEO-1…

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National Small Business Week

Next week, the U.S. Small Business Administration will host its annual Small Business Week Summit to celebrate the 31 million small businesses operating around the country. SBA Administrator Isabella Guzman announced the theme of this year’s event as “Celebrating Resilience and Renewal”. The event is a free, three-day virtual conference with a series of educational…

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