Newsom Signs FAST Act into Law

As we suggested last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom wasted no time in signing into law the FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act). After languishing in the state senate for the better part of the legislative session, the bill moved at breakneck speed over the last days of the session, passing with…

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Industry Plans California Ballot Repeal

In the wake of the Fast Act being signed into law (see above), a coalition of restaurant industry groups (Protect Neighborhood Restaurants) has filed the requisite paperwork to place a question on the 2024 California ballot asking voters to repeal the FAST Act. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the International Franchise Association (IFA) seem…

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Economic Trends

The unemployment rate increased slightly in August, despite the economy adding another 315,000 jobs during the month. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate in August was at 3.7 percent, up from the 3.5 percent recorded one month earlier. Despite the labor shortage, an additional 344,000 were added to the unemployment…

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CFA Legal Symposium –

It’s time to start planning to attend the 2022 Coalition of Franchisee Associations Legal Symposium. This year’s premier CFA event will be held on October 26 – 27 at the Margaritaville Resort in Orlando, Florida. Whether you’re considering buying another franchise, have a current legal concern, want to protect yourself from future liability or just…

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FAST Act Passes

In a quick turn of events earlier this week, the office of California Governor Gavin Newsom initiated a major rewrite of several provisions in the FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act) and submitted them to the Senate, which accepted them and passed the legislation on a vote of 21 – 12. The…

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NLRB Allows Pro-Union Attire

In yet another reversal of a Trump-era policy, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled this week that Tesla was guilty of an unfair labor practice when it prohibited employees from wearing clothing at work that bears the UAW union logo. The company policy at issue is a dress code that required employees to wear…

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Starbucks

Starbucks yesterday announced that Laxman Narasimhan will become the next Chief Executive Officer of the company beginning next month on October 1, 2022. Narasimhan will work closely with founder and current interim CEO Howard Schultz for the next six months after which time, he will fully assume the CEO role and join the Starbucks Board…

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CFA Legal Symposium

It’s time to start planning to attend the 2022 Coalition of Franchisee Associations Legal Symposium. This year’s premier CFA event will be held on October 26 – 27 at the Margaritaville Resort in Orlando, Florida. Whether you’re considering buying another franchise, have a current legal concern, want to protect yourself from future liability or just…

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Starbucks-Union Battles Escalate

The ongoing unionizing battles within the Starbucks system continues to escalate on both fronts as the Workers United union has filed more complaints with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In addition, the company has advised employees in two more stores – one in Seattle and the other in Kansas City, both of which have…

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CFA Legal Symposium

It’s time to start planning to attend the 2022 Coalition of Franchisee Associations Legal Symposium. This year’s premier CFA event will be held on October 26 – 27 at the Margaritaville Resort in Orlando, Florida. Whether you’re considering buying another franchise, have a current legal concern, want to protect yourself from future liability or just…

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