Fair Workweek Survives Appeal

A New York state appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that validated the New York City Fair Workweek Law (FWWL).  The law, which was first enacted back in 2017, requires fast food employers to provide workers with 14 days advance notice of their work schedules, mandates “premium pay” for those instances when changes…

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Committees OK FAST Recovery Act

California continues to step on small businessmen and women with impunity, but this latest effort may be its most egregious yet! Over the past 2 weeks, two separate legislative committees within the state Assembly have approved AB 257, the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act (FAST Recovery Act). The legislation, sponsored by Chairperson of…

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Starbucks

Starbucks reported positive same store sales of plus 9% in the company’s Q2 earnings report on Tuesday of this week. The favorable result was comprised of positive ticket of 22% along with negative transactions of 10%. Against a backdrop of increased 2021 guidance, the company’s tone was very self-congratulatory notwithstanding that it was still comparing…

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Different Directions on Minimum Wages

As we anticipate another run by progressives in Congress at a federal $15 minimum wage, it’s reported that a group of moderate Senators – led by Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) are working on bipartisan legislation that would increase the federal minimum over the next four years from the current $7.25 to $10…

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Newsom Signs Right-to-Recall Law

California Governor Gavin Newsom, nephew of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, last week signed Senate Bill 93 into law. The new law, remarkably similar to AB 3216, a bill he just vetoed last September because in the words of his veto message, its requirements would place “too onerous a burden on employers navigating…

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Senator Targets Franchise Abuses

Inequity in the ‘franchise partnership’ between franchisors and the franchisee community has finally resonated with some in power – in particular, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV). In an 87-page report entitled: “Strategies to Improve the Franchise Model: Preventing Unfair and Deceptive Franchise Practices” and released by her office this week, the first-term Senator from Nevada…

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NLRB Enhancing Enforcement

National Labor Relations Board Acting General Counsel Peter Sung Ohr two weeks ago issued a new Memorandum (GC 21-03) to the NLRB field offices significantly adjusting agency enforcement priorities under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). GC 21-03 points to the increased workplace health and safety issues relating from the COVID-19 pandemic…

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COVID Sick Leave Reinstated, Extended

As we (hopefully) get closer to putting the pandemic behind us, some states and cities just continue to expand coronavirus emergency measures impacting businesses. A tale of 2 cities – or more accurately, one city and one state – when it comes to expiration of the COVID-19 specific sick leave that was mandated at the…

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Miscellaneous

A recent Rasmussen Poll shows that only 31 percent of Americans actually support increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. Although other polls have indicated strong support for a higher wage across the country – 80 percent believe the minimum wage should be increased – almost 70 percent believe $15 is just too…

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PPP and EIDL Loans Exempted

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts caught up with the federal government and many other states this past week when Governor Charlie Baker signed many parts of HB 90 into law. Of primary importance to small business owners, the legislation excludes proceeds from Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans along with Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advances from…

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