Display Federal and State Postings

Periodically, our friends at SESCO Management remind us of some important requirements with which as employers, we are required to comply. In that vein, if an employer has less than 50 employees, they are required to post these 5 federal notices: Fair Labor Standards Act, Employee Polygraph Protection Act, Equal Employment Opportunity, Uniformed Services Employment…

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State of the Industry

One of the many great presentations given at this week’s 20th Annual Multi-Unit Franchising Conference which concludes today in Las Vegas, was effectively a status report on the state of the franchising industry. Overall, the report by FranData CEO Darrell Johnson pointed to calm seas on the surface with much tumult churning below. As to…

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Jobless Claims Hit Pandemic Low

Notwithstanding the expanding spread of the COVID Delta variant and the ongoing difficulties with getting the economy completely opened up again – let alone the continuing labor shortage – first-time unemployment claims dropped last week to 340,000, the lowest level since the pandemic hit in March of 2020. This Department of Labor (DOL) report comes…

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CFA Day Postponed To June 2022

The lingering apprehension of the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the resilience of the delta variant has forced the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) to postpone its annual CFA Lobby Day in Washington DC until next year. As the corona virus continues to cause turmoil across the country, CFA could not get the necessary meetings scheduled…

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Workers Unionizing Starbucks Buffalo

Starbucks is facing another unionizing effort amongst its barista “partners” again, this time in Buffalo, New York. You’ll recall that we reported just a few weeks ago that two employees fired from a Philadelphia Starbucks for unionizing activities (protected under the National Labor Relations Act) had prevailed in a legal challenge before an NLRB Administrative…

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Illinois Puts Union Amendment on ‘22 Ballot

In the context of the ongoing push to ease union organizing (think PRO Act, Biden being ‘most union-friendly president’ in history, NLRB becoming more advocacy-oriented, etc.), the state of Illinois does not intend to be left behind. In fact, earlier this year, the legislature passed a joint resolution to place a constitutional amendment on the…

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Third-Party Deliveries Drawing Ire

In California, a proposal by San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez would require food delivery companies to provide customers – and restaurants – with an itemized breakdown of third-party fees and commissions for each transaction. Additionally, AB 286 would also allow restaurants to set the price of food and drink sold through delivery companies. The bill…

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New York City Caps Delivery Fees

New York City didn’t file any lawsuits, but last week the City Council formally adopted a cap of 15% on third party delivery fees and sent the legislation to Mayor Bill de Blasio for his signature. The law, if signed by de Blasio as expected, will make permanent the 15% cap imposed last year on…

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Competitor News

Several weeks ago, it was reported that JAB Holdings had created a Panera Brands platform which includes three of the companys breakfast daypart entities – Panera Bread, Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels. In the wake of the move, speculation is that after private ownership for the past five years, the company is likely to…

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Consumer and Economic Trends

The latest monthly Survey of Consumers conducted by the University of Michigan reveals that final consumer sentiment readings for August dropped nearly 11 points compared to the July numbers. At a rating of 70.3, the poll results show the least favorable economic prospects recorded by the survey in a decade and seemingly reflects a knee-jerk…

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