Alabama, Indiana Enact Business Liability Shields

When Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed SB.1 into law last week, the Hoosier State became the most recent to enact a liability shield law to protect businesses from lawsuits regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The new Indiana law provides protection from frivolous lawsuits for businesses, schools, health care providers, governments and other entities from lawsuits alleging…

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DOL Delays New Tip Pooling Rule

Call it the “Final Rule” that isn’t, as the Department of Labor has now delayed the implementation of its Final Rule on tip pooling under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Tip Regulations Final Rule was just finalized in late December and was set to become effective on March 1, 2021. However, in one…

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CFA In The News

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) continues its work on behalf of franchise owners from an array of different brands across the country under the leadership of Dunkin’ franchisee and CFA Chairman John Motta. Over the past few weeks, an Op-Ed co-authored by Motta along with Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO of the Job Creators…

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Inspire Building Atlanta ‘Ghost Kitchen’

Notwithstanding ongoing development of the Coffee Café Bakery, a $10 million highly automated centralized manufacturing location (CML) in the greater Atlanta area, Inspire Brands is apparently moving forward with development of Alliance Kitchen, a $2.6 million “ghost” kitchen being built in Atlanta. Most noteworthy in this development is perhaps the fact that The Coffee Café…

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Upcoming CFA Legislative Impact Survey

Speaking of the COVID relief bill and the myriad issues legislators are looking to include, the Coalition of Franchisee Associations – chaired by Dunkin’ franchise owner John Motta – has developed a 19-question legislative impact survey that we will be sending out this weekend. It is imperative that as many franchisees as possible complete the…

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Biden Nominates California’s Su for #2 DOL Post

Last week, we reported on the US Senate confirmation hearing for Boston Mayor – Secretary of Labor nominee – Marty Walsh. Well, we now know who has been nominated to serve as his second-in-command, California Labor Secretary Julie Su. She currently heads up the California Department of Labor and Workforce Development and was on the…

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Oregon Fair Franchising Hearing

With pandemic issues swirling around countless minimum wage ihke proposals, we could almost forget about the need for Fair Franchising Legislation in so many states around the country – but we haven’t forgotten. In fact, the Oregon legislature will hold a public hearing next Wednesday, February 17 – via Zoom, of course – on House…

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DOL Ends Employer Self Reporting Program

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it had ended the employer self-reporting wage and hour program that was implemented by the Trump administration. The Payroll Audit Independent Determination program (PAID), which was launched in 2018, allowed employers to self-report potential wage and hour violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and…

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Pandemic? What Pandemic?

As the effort to more than double the federal minimum wage across the country gathers steam with a democratic trifecta at the federal level – albeit a slim one, tone-deaf state politicians continue to pile on small business woes. A couple of examples, as referenced above while the Pennsylvania legislature is putting over $900 million…

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With ‘Help’ Like This . . .

In New York, which accounts for the 2nd highest coronavirus death rate in the country at 225 deaths per 100,000 residents, even while dramatically underreporting COVID nursing home deaths, the state Department of Labor last week issued guidance ordering that if an employer requires an employee to stay home for fear that the employee has…

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