New York Mandates Paid Vaccine Leave

Notwithstanding the struggles that many, if not most, small businesses have undergone during the coronavirus pandemic, New York is piling on with its latest mandate – the third paid leave mandate in a year – this time, paid vaccination leave for their employees. The embattled New York governor, accused of sexual harassment by seven women…

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Miscellaneous

Starbucks Shareholders yesterday rejected an eye-popping executive compensation proposal for the C-Suite that included a $1.86 million payout for CEO Kevin Johnson as a performance bonus for fiscal year 2020 along with $50M in “retention pay” if the CEO were to stick around with the company through fiscal year 2022! Although the rejected resolution was…

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House Passes PRO Act

Wasting no time in the wake of passing the $1.9 trillion Covid Relief legislation, the U.S. House also this week passed the latest iteration of the Protecting Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) and sent it to the Senate. The legislation, which has passed the House in prior sessions only to die in the then-republican…

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Biden Fires EEOC General Counsel

Just weeks after he fired NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb, whose appointment didn’t expire until November 2021, and subsequently the agency’s acting General Counsel Alice Stock, President Biden last week also fired Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) General Counsel Sharon Fast Gustafson, whose appointment to the post was valid until 2023! Both individuals, each of…

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All Around Biz Interruption Insurance

A Boston-based federal district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed last May by the Massachusetts-based high-end seafood chain, Legal Sea Foods. US District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton agreed with defendant Strathmore Insurance Company that the COVID-19 virus did not result in the requisite physical damage to Legal Sea Foods’ property, notwithstanding government ordered shutdowns…

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COVID Capacities Increasing

Following more slowly on the trend set by Texas and Mississippi when last week they removed all COVID related restrictions and shutdowns, a number of states this week have further relaxed their COVID related mandates on businesses operating at a percentage of full capacity. Specifically, the states of Arizona and Maryland have each announced that…

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Hazard Pay for Frontline Workers

If as the old sayings go, Orange is the new Black, and 50 is the new 40, then hazard pay for ‘frontline workers’ is the new paid sick leave. Currently the benefit – between $4 and $5 more an hour – is mostly limited to grocery workers, but some have already talked about the need…

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States Tee Up More Employment Laws

A quick glance at some of the legislation pending in the current legislative sessions – which have mostly just begun – give us some cause for concern in a number of states. California, of course, has a selection of bills pending that would be largely detrimental to business interests. Perhaps most egregious is a bill…

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What’s Brewing: $15 an Hour Minimum Wage, McDonald’s Secrets, New York

Dunkin’ franchise owners were standout performers in the challenging times that followed the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic last spring. While the rest of the restaurant industry has struggled to stay above water, Dunkin’ and other quick-service restaurants have done a remarkable job adapting to difficult circumstances, quickly shifting their focus to app-based delivery and…

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Union Lawyer Nominated for NLRB Post

Staying on the broad subject of organized labor and its outsized influence in the current administration, President Biden last week officially nominated Jennifer Abruzzo for the post of National Labor Relations Board General Counsel. Abruzzo, who had previously served in a number of different capacities at the NLRB including acting General Counsel during the Obama…

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