NLRB Trick or Treat!

In a Halloween release of her latest memo, NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo announced her intention to limit employers in their ability to rely upon commonly used electronic monitoring and management technologies to monitor employee misconduct and performance issues. In Memorandum GC 23-02, Abruzzo describes various technologies that are increasingly used to monitor and manage…

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DOL Extends Comment Period

A few weeks ago, we advised that the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) at the Department of Labor had proposed a new rule regarding the standards by which a work is classified as an independent contractor rather than an employee. At that time, interested parties were given a 45-day window – until November 28 –…

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Election Notes

As we reach the final weekend before the critical midterm elections, it’s interesting to note who’s becoming active on which issues around the country. Of particular note, two-time presidential candidate former US Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made a last-minute endorsement of the ballot measure to raise the Portland Maine minimum wage…

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On the Union Front

Workers at the Starbucks Flagship Reserve Roastery in the Meatpacking district of New York City went on strike late last week, protesting alleged cleanliness issues. Ironically, on that same day, Starbucks announced that another Reserve store in New York City would be opening this month inside the Empire State Building. The new store, comprising 23,000…

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On Second Thought . . .

There’s an old adage that cautions “Watch out what you wish for, you might just get it!” It seems that might be the case with baristas at a Starbucks store in Nichols Hills, OK. Those employees petitioned for a union representation election five months ago and after some challenges back and forth, the NLRB finally…

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DDIFO Webinar

Our latest webinar will be held next Wednesday, November 9 at 1:00 PM EST and it’s one you won’t want to miss since it can put money in your pocket! Collecting the ERC – Up to $26,000 per Employee! will speak to the history and qualifications of the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) and identify an…

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Starbucks

Starbucks reported an acceptable earnings picture for Q4 to Wall Street Thursday: strong US sales, weaker margins due to cost inflation and their partner and equipment upgrades; negative but sequentially better results in China due to COVID restrictions, and strong results in other international markets. Of the results that matter most to us, US comps…

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McDonald’s

The Golden Arches showed its continuing global strength last week with the release of almost perfect Q3 earnings.  Global same-store sales were up 9.5%, with US SSS up 6.1%. The average ticket was largely responsible for driving much of the gain, but customer traffic was positive as well. In the U.S., the power of targeted…

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Seventh Circuit Limits Light Duty Requirement

A decision rendered in late summer by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit provides important guidance for employers considering limiting the availability of light duty assignments. In EEOC v Wal-Mart Stores, East LP Inc., the court ruled that a light duty policy covering only workers injured on the job was lawful…

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Michigan Minimum and Tipped Wages

It seems the closer the midterm elections get, the more “business-friendly” some elected officials become. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is a prime and recent example. It seems Governor Whitmer, who has long been a proponent of increasing minimum wages in the Wolverine State, is now urging caution over reinstating a $12 minimum wage. The Michigan…

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