Competitor News

So last week, we reported on Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz announcing he’s leaving the company after 40 years amid declining sales numbers along with the planned closing of 150 Starbucks in the US over the next year. This week, it is reported that CFO Scott Maw will also be leaving the company later this year…

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Pennsylvania Proposes Doubling Overtime Threshold

Although Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced his plans to increase the overtime threshold back in January of this year, the state Department of Labor and Industries (DLI) didn’t get around to it until last week – but they certainly made up for the delay. On June 12, DLI issued a proposed regulation that amends the…

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“It’s Alive, It’s Alive!”

Yes, that phrase comes from the 1931 horror flick, Frankenstein, but it seems to fit health care mandates in New Jersey just as well now after Governor Phil Murphy this week signed a couple of health care bills into law. The first, S1877, creates a state-level individual mandate replicating the major provisions of the individual…

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New Jersey Resurrects the Individual Mandate

Despite most Americans being strongly opposed to the Obamacare individual healthcare mandate (and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in December effectively neutered the requirement by removing the penalty for non-compliance), New Jersey is determined to put it back in place. The New Jersey Health Insurance Market Preservation Act was passed last…

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NJ Expanded Leave Advances; Changes Tabled in DC

When you’re on a roll . . . and apparently New Jersey believes it is as last week the Senate Committee on Labor advanced an expansion to the new paid family leave bill. If passed, the measure would broaden the existing leave program by boosting the paid leave benefit to 12 weeks (from the current…

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NYC Mandates Anti-Sexual Harassment Training

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday signed into law a package of 11 different bills targeting harassment and other workplace issues. The package, known as the “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act”, includes a mandate for employers with 15 or more employees to conduct an anti-sexual harassment training program on an annual basis and…

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What’s Brewing: Joint-employer, Menu labeling, Minimum wage, Soda tax

The more things change the more they stay the same. That’s the theme when it comes to a couple of critical federal regulations that have the potential to have a big impact on the bottom line of the quick service industry. Victory celebrations over the rollback of the joint-employer rule turned out to be short-lived,…

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Motta Will Take Proactive Role as New CFA Chair

When Keith Miller, the outgoing Chairman of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), posted his farewell address on the franchisee website Blue Mau Mau, he welcomed his successor by stating that he looked forward to “working with new Chairman, John Motta, to elevate the CFA during his term.” Motta, who has been a Dunkin’ Donuts…

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Maryland Passes Tax Credits As Session Ends

The Maryland legislature adjourned the current session on Monday of this week, but not before passing Governor Larry Hogan’s sick leave tax credit program. Governor Hogan vetoed Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (mandated sick leave) passed at the end of last session, but his veto was quickly overridden by the democrat-dominated legislature at the beginning…

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More on Pay Equity

As proof of the proliferation of pay equity laws and new restrictions on the hiring process, we noted that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed legislation that would ban private employers from inquiring into or considering an applicant’s salary history when setting compensation. Last year, he issued Executive Orders #161 and #162, which prohibit…

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