Do As We Say, Not As We Do

Many of the nation’s union leaders are regularly admonishing businessmen and women to be more considerate of and generous to their employees. Regardless of how it may impact the viability of the business, unions argue that employees deserve more pay, more lenient work rules and greater benefits from their employer – that is, unless they…

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Not Quite Lovin’ It

That slogan may now apply to McDonald’s and Jack In The Box franchisees in equal measure. McDonald’s franchise owners, who do not yet enjoy the strength, solidarity and representation of an independent franchisee association, are now taking a much closer look at the wisdom of joining together as one! Franchisees in the system of the…

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CFA Inaugural Legal Symposium

There will be more illustrations of the tremendous benefits of independent franchisee associations in another 2 weeks at the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) inaugural legal symposium on Wednesday, October 24 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. Attendees will hear from top franchisee attorneys Robert Zarco with Zarco, Einhorn, Salkowski & Brito, P.A.; Ron Gardner…

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Starbucks Expands Employee Benefits

Starbucks Corporation has joined the chorus of companies increasing their employee benefits program in some manner or other in the face of a historically tight labor market. The Seattle-based company announced that it is expanding its child care coverage for employees and significantly subsidizing the benefit for its 180,000 employees. Under the new plan, employees…

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New York City Adds Third Gender

This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation into law adding a third gender to birth certificates for individuals born in the Big Apple. The bill, as passed by the City Council last month, allows individuals to change the M or F gender designation on their New York City birth certificate to…

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DC Council Votes To Repeal Initiative 77

The voters approved it back in June by a margin of 56-44%, but members of the DC City Council have a different view of its cost/benefit. By a vote of 8-5, the council passed the first of 2 votes required to formally repeal the law which is slated to completely eliminate the tipped wage by…

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Stopping More Soda Taxes

Out in the “other Washington” (that would be the state), voters in November will be asked to prohibit local communities from imposing additional taxes on groceries including soda or other sugary beverages. If passed, Initiative 1634 would not affect Seattle’s tax on soda, syrups and sugary beverages of 1.75 cents per ounce, but it will…

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Illinois Requires Paid Breaks for Nursing Mothers

Just a month ago, Illinois expanded the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act to require employers to provide paid breaks for nursing mothers to express breast milk. The law now provides that a nursing mother who needs to express milk for her nursing infant child is entitled to a paid break “each time the employee…

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The A’s Have It

Media outlets have been all over the announcement this week by Amazon that the company will raise the current $11/hour minimum wage for its lowest employees across the United States to $15 an hour beginning November 1 of this year. Voters in Arkansas will likely be asked next month to consider increasing the current state…

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California Sets Gender Quotas

California Governor Jerry Brown this week signed into law legislation making California the first state in the nation mandating gender quotas on private businesses. Senate bill 826, which Brown signed last Sunday, prescribes that all publicly held companies with their principal executive offices within the state of California (rather than where they may have been…

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