New Jersey Will Pay the Pickets

One week ago, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law A3861, a bill that will allow for striking workers in the Garden State to collect unemployment benefits when they are out of work because they are on strike against their employer! Under the legislation, which had previously passed the legislature but was vetoed by…

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Janus Decision Hitting Public Employee Unions Hard

Public employee unions around the country must now comply with SCOTUS’ Janus decision, prohibiting the collection of “fair share” fees from employees that choose not to belong to the union. In direct response, some of the larger public unions in the nation are losing big money causing the unions to rethink their priorities. A couple…

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Succeeding as a Business Owner in the Next Generation

As Dunkin’ Donuts tests a Next Generation store concept and innovations in coffee products, franchisees must decide how they will make the leap into the next generation themselves. Moving forward in a competitive landscape can be both exciting and challenging. With 70 years of history behind the brand, Dunkin’ Donuts has evolved and diversified to…

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What’s Brewing: Sick Leave, Soda Wars, Rising Wages

Looks like it could be a long, hot and potentially expensive summer for Dunkin’ and other quick service franchise owners around the country. Several states and cities hiked their minimum wage on July 1, with a few now even pushing past the much ballyhooed $15 an hour mark. Activists pushing for sick leave mandates are…

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Summer Season Help Wanted

These are the vacation spots that symbolize an idyllic summer: Cape Cod to Mackinac Island; Ogunquit, Maine to Hilton Head. They’re as American as apple pie. But increasingly, these hot spots have relied on foreign workers to do jobs that would otherwise go unfilled. With an unemployment rate hovering around 4 percent and a scarce…

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Delaware Latest to Hike Minimum Wage

We tried to advise you in last weeks issue of the many states and localities that increased their effective minimum wage with the coming of the new fiscal years on July 1, but doing so is shooting at the ultimate moving target. As a case in point, the Delaware legislature debated throughout the weekend and…

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July 1 Trigger Date

Each year as July rolls around, and with it the start of state and municipal fiscal years, we also see many minimum wage hikes taking effect. In the interest of keeping our readers informed of these changes, we believe that the following minimum wages increases take effect Sunday: Washington DC from $12.50 to $13.25; Chicago…

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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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