California OSHA Re-adopts State ETS

Meanwhile, the California state OSHA is not waiting for SCOTUS to rule on the Biden employer mandate – last week, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board voted to readopt the state ETS with some revisions and putting it in effect on January 14, 2022 for a 90-day period, ending April 14, 2022. Just a week ago, the…

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New York Extends Heroes Act Again

As it has over the past several months, the state of New York has again extended the designation of the COVID-19 virus as a “highly contagious communicable disease” and thereby extended the provision of the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act). The designation is required for the application of the HERO Act…

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Unions Continue Push into QSRs

Increased Worker Stress Creates ‘Fertile Ground’ for Union Organizing The Unions are Coming! The Unions are Coming! Many franchise owners are hearing this Paul Revere-type refrain in their heads after learning that workers at a Starbucks store in Buffalo, N.Y. voted to form a union—making it the first of more than 8,000 corporate Starbucks locations…

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Momentum Grows For Stronger Oversight of Franchising

You would have to look far and wide to find a franchise owner who does not think the nature of the franchisor/franchisee relationship could be improved. Entrepreneurs buy franchised businesses because they believe it gives them the opportunity to be their own boss, join an established chain and build wealth. But as most everyone knows,…

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Happiness Fuels Growth for Husband and Wife Franchisees

“Happy customers and happy employees. If you have those two things, you can do anything,” says Mark Pesce. With a business degree and 30 years of experience under his belt, the Massachusetts franchisee is no stranger to budgets and balance sheets. But if he had to sum up his business plan in one sentence, that…

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Independent Joe #71 December 2021/January 2022

 It’s been a long journey since the coronavirus pandemic reached our shores back in early 2020. Over the course of those first few months, governments ordered non-essential businesses shut, indoor dining was banned and people who left their homes were told to wear masks (even for a solitary jog). Houses of worship were ordered…

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Starbucks Union Issue Spreading

Coming on the heels of employees in one Buffalo market Starbucks store formally voting to unionize, efforts to replicate that first successful unionizing effort in the company are spreading. Before the ink on the NLRB union ratification had even dried, employees at three other Buffalo area stores began similar organizing efforts and employees from two…

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Amending “Make Whole” Remedy?

Speaking of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), it would appear that current agency leadership would like to see new penalties applied when unfair labor practices have been confirmed. The NLRB Board decided in November that an employer was guilty of unfair labor practices in terminating 6 employees for not negotiating the terminations with the…

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California Wage Initiative

For some however, whatever the minimum wage, it is never going to be enough. As a case in point, a ballot initiative is currently pending in California that would mandate the minimum wage at businesses with 26 or more employees rise to $18 per hour in 2025 and for businesses with 25 or fewer employees,…

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Competitor News

You know about the unionizing issues that Starbucks is confronting, but it also has been hit with a class action lawsuit alleging that the company’s youth recruitment program equated to “a blatant campaign of age discrimination in hiring”. A 59-year-old former manager filed a proposed class action to include all individuals over the age of…

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