Growing the Bureaucracy

As if the federal government bureaucracy weren’t already big enough, now legislation has been filed in Congress creating a new federal agency – the U.S. Food Safety Administration (FSA). Filed jointly by Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), in both branches, the Food Safety Administration…

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The Hits Keep Coming from EEOC

In the wake of issuing new guidance on algorithmic decision-making and validating a third gender for purposes of employment discrimination, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has also updated its guidance regarding COVID-19 workplace viral screening testing. Originally, the agency claimed its position was governed by compliance with the standard for conducting medical examinations…

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Franchisee Problems at McDonald’s US

Last week, the National Operators Association (NOA), the independent franchisee association for those in the McDonald’s system, polled its members in the wake of Corporate announced changes to franchisee contract renewals beginning next year. That polling echoed a similar vote by the National Black McDonalds Operators Association the prior week with 87% of NOA members…

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Court Resets Minimum Wage

A Michigan Court of Claims judge ruled this week that lawmakers violated the Michigan state constitution back in 2018 when they passed a pending ballot petition and then amended it to a format more to their liking. A provision in the state constitution, known as the adopt and amend provision seemingly allows the legislature to…

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DC Tip Credit Again Headed to Ballot

It seems to be the issue that just won’t go away, but the District of Columbia Superior Court has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the validity of signatures gathered to certify Initiative 82 for the November ballot. The suit was filed by a local bartender who wants to continue to collect tips rather than be paid…

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Novel Assistance to Restaurants

For a period of three months that began on July 1, restaurants, bars and other food establishments in the state of Colorado will benefit from a novel assistance program – a complete reprieve of state sales taxes through the end of September. The program, passed by the legislature as HB22-1406 and signed into law by…

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QSR Union Updates

Following up on the Howard Schultz announcement a week or two ago that Starbucks would immediately be closing 16 stores – some of which have already become unionized – for safety reasons, a leaked video of interim CEO Howard Schultz on Twitter confirms that the company will be “closing many more”. And further in the…

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Economic Trends

Inflation continues to eat into the US economy and more and more impact on hourly earnings. According to data released this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, real average hourly earnings for all employees decreased by 1% from May to June of this year. The decrease results from the combination of a 0.1 percent…

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EEOC on Algorithm Employment

In the face of the proliferation of algorithmic decision-making in all facets of business, it was only a matter of time until the government got more involved in regulating or policing its use. Enter the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) with its first guidance on algorithmic decision making in employment and the discrimination that can…

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2022 Union Petitions Dwarf Last Year

It probably isn’t a surprise to anyone, with the Biden administration strongly pushing unionization, but the total number of union representation petitions filed in the first three quarters of this fiscal year already dwarfs the total for all of FY21. The National Labor Relations board (NLRB) this week issued a press release reporting that 1,935…

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