SBA to Release Remaining RRF Funds

The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) confirmed this week that there remains approximately $180 Million in the closed Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) and it will soon begin distributing those funds to qualified restaurants. The RRF, launched in 2021 to counter the devastation that the pandemic heaped upon the restaurant industry, was initially funded to…

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NLRB Dismisses Starbucks Complaint

In a surprise to absolutely nobody on the union front, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last week rejected the unfair labor practice complaint that Starbucks had filed against the Starbuck Workers United union. The complaint, one of only two that the company has filed against the union, stems from an unsuccessful effort to unionize…

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Court Blocks EEOC Guidance

Enforcement of a guidance issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) some 14 months ago has been blocked by the federal district court. The EEOC guidance, structured as a technical assistance document entitled “Protections Against Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity” was issued in the wake of a Supreme Court…

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Senators Target Credit Card Swipe Fees

Bipartisan legislation being filed in the United States Senate would lower the fees that restaurants and other retailers pay to process credit card transactions. The legislation, S.4674, sponsored by Senators Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), would require that the largest bank credit cards (over $100 billion in assets) provide at…

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New Tip & OT Rules in Pennsylvania

We advised you last month and want to remind you that new tip rules will take effect in Pennsylvania today, August 5. The new rules bump the minimum amount of money an employee must receive in tips from the previous $30 per month to $135 per month before the employer can reduce the employee’s hourly…

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More Minimum Wages Going Forward

We’ve got a couple of early warnings to share with you this week on the subject of minimum wages, and both relate ballot initiatives. First, in California, Sacramento County Superior Court Judge James Arguelles rejected a ballot campaign petition to force the question onto the 2022 ballot despite the campaign having missed a critical deadline.…

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DC Employee Marijuana Protection

Just under one year from today, employers in the Nation’s Capital will be prohibited from disciplining or terminating employees for marijuana use or a positive marijuana test. In addition, employers will not be able to reject a job applicant as well because of a positive marijuana test. Thanks to the Cannabis Employment Protections Amendment Act…

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Starbucks

With record sales numbers, Starbucks reported a good 3rd Quarter, beating expected revenues and earnings, primarily on the strength of US and North American sales. US same-store-sales were up plus 9 percent, with average ticket up plus 8 percent and transactions up 1 percent. Interim CEO Howard Schultz announced increased Rewards memberships (now 27.4 million…

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Competitor News

McDonald’s had a complicated worldwide situation to report last week on its earnings call with the sale of its Russian business and a large tax settlement paid in France. Notwithstanding, it beat earnings but missed on revenue by modest amounts. In the all-visible US market, same-store sales were up 3.7 percent – just short of…

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Upcoming Events

Again, we recommend you mark your calendar for Friday, August 19 when Fisher Phillips will host a free webinar from 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon EDT. The program entitled The Unfortunate Reality: Training for Active Shooters in the Workplace will be held on Friday, August 19 from 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon EDT. The program…

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