On Second Thought . . .

There’s an old adage that cautions “Watch out what you wish for, you might just get it!” It seems that might be the case with baristas at a Starbucks store in Nichols Hills, OK. Those employees petitioned for a union representation election five months ago and after some challenges back and forth, the NLRB finally…

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Starbucks

Starbucks reported an acceptable earnings picture for Q4 to Wall Street Thursday: strong US sales, weaker margins due to cost inflation and their partner and equipment upgrades; negative but sequentially better results in China due to COVID restrictions, and strong results in other international markets. Of the results that matter most to us, US comps…

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Michigan Minimum and Tipped Wages

It seems the closer the midterm elections get, the more “business-friendly” some elected officials become. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is a prime and recent example. It seems Governor Whitmer, who has long been a proponent of increasing minimum wages in the Wolverine State, is now urging caution over reinstating a $12 minimum wage. The Michigan…

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Ballot Measures, a Potpourri

Over the past few weeks, we’ve focused on various ballot initiatives around the country by subject matter – minimum wages last week, right to work laws the week prior, etc. Without getting too far into the weeds, that leaves us a couple to call to your attention. In Massachusetts, there’s a Millionaire’s tax on the…

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NLRB Extends Comment Period

Last Friday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced an extension in the time allowed for public comments to be submitted regarding a proposed new rule on the joint employer standard. The agency extended the comment period by an additional 30 days and will now accept public comments through the close of business on Wednesday,…

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Unionizing at Starbucks

The saga over unionizing at Starbucks continues with a decision coming down from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last Friday where the company was found to have illegally fired an employee in Michigan for participating in union activism and in a labor board proceeding. The NLRB administrative judge who heard the complaint ordered Starbucks…

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NLRB OKs Dues after Contracts Expire

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reversed another long-standing policy relating the payment of union dues. Two weeks ago, the agency determined that the “dues checkoff” provision of a collective bargaining agreement remains intact even after the agreement expires and can then only be eliminated through future collective bargaining negotiations! The checkoff provision requires…

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NLRB Underscores Need for Clear Conduct Policy

A ruling this week from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) makes clear that employers need to have thorough, yet narrowly tailored work rules and policies in place to protect themselves. In the case of Cadillac of Naperville, Inc., the Board found the employer guilty of violating the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it…

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Inflation Driving More Wage Hikes

With inflation continuing unbridled at record-setting levels, its impact on minimum wages across the nation is becoming clearer with each week. As we’ve advised in the past, and as recently as only two weeks ago, those states and local communities that tethered minimum wage increases to the Consumer Price Index. Unfortunately, there are more increases…

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Ian Missed Orlando, CFA Legal Symposium Won’t

That’s right, as much devastation as Hurricane Ian dropped on the Sunshine State last week, Orlando escaped with just heavy rain and is open and ready to welcome the Coalition of Franchisee Association (CFA) Legal Symposium on October 26-27 to the beautiful Margaritaville Resort. Registration is available and the early bird special pricing (which saves…

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