Maine Requiring Vacation Payout

A law passed by the state of Maine back in March and signed by the Governor on April 7 will take effect in a couple of weeks and require the payment of accrued vacation pay upon termination. The law amends the final wages statute and requires covered employers (being those with more than ten employees)…

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Municipal Minimum Wage Changes

Speaking of Maine, the state’s biggest city, Portland is facing a ballot question in November that could establish a local minimum wage of $18 per hour and at the same time eliminate the tip credit for workers within Portland. The state chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America has filed the requisite paperwork to phase…

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Franchise Fractures

Tensions have been building of late between McDonald’s and many of its franchisees over proposed new standards for US contract renewals. Word of the new franchise standards began circulating back in May but the company has been plowing ahead with the revisions. Saying that the right to operate one of its restaurants is “earned, not…

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Competitor News

Earlier this week, Starbucks announced that EVP and President of US and Canada operations Rossann Williams was leaving the company. Williams played a prominent role in the company’s initial fights with unionization efforts in upstate New York – largely successful for the union – when the unionizing issue first arose back in February. Since that…

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Senate Committee Hears Fast Act

One of the more egregious legislative proposals pending anywhere this year – the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act or FAST Recovery Act – was heard earlier this week by the Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee in the California state senate. The bill, which has already passed the state Assembly, sets aside existing…

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Starbucks in the Crosshairs

It is a safe bet that the aforementioned NLRB is rooting hard for more successful unionization efforts across the country, but the front line of that battle continues to be Starbucks and the 300 election petitions nationally filed by Starbucks Workers United. In some of the more recent news, the union formally filed an unfair…

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A Minimum Wage Initiative Fails

Notwithstanding the difficulties small businesses continue to encounter in the current economy, the push to increase minimum wages continues to swirl, but this week we can at least report some good news on the subject. A proposed ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in Michigan to $15 an hour by 2028 has failed to…

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FAST Act Moving, Action Needed

As we have advised in the past, there is a dangerous legislative proposal advancing in California, AB 257, the so-called FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act). This bill has already passed the Assembly and is currently pending in the State Senate, where it will likely have an easier time winning support. As…

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CFA Lobby Day

Just about a week and a half from today, the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) will host its annual CFA Lobby Day in Washington DC and we encourage you to consider attending – you can register for the event right here – even at this late date. Your elected Representatives and Senators in the Nation’s…

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Staying Up on Starbucks Unionizing

Despite the fact a new YouGov survey shows that less than half (48%) of Americans surveyed reported a favorable view of unions, the push to unionize Starbucks continues to enjoy significant success. This week, Bloomberg news reported that the union effort now includes nearly 300 individual election petitions filed with the National Labor Relations Board…

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