CFA Webinar on Tuesday

DDIFO will host another timely webinar sponsored by the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) next Tuesday, February 9 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon EST. “Breaking Down the Employee Retention Tax Credit” will feature Justin Elanjian and Tommy Lee, partners in Aprio, the CPA and Business Advisory firm of Aprio. The webinar will provide a…

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This Time Biden Fires Acting NLRB Counsel

Last week, our lead story in Small Regular No Sugar! was the firing of National Labor Relations General Counsel Peter Robb. In his place, deputy general counsel, Alice Stock, ascended to the position of Acting General Counsel until a replacement was to be named. Her tenure was quite short however, as Biden turned around and…

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DOL Withdraws Opinion Letters

Underscoring the importance of who’s calling the shots at the NLRB, DOL and other federal departments during the transition from the Trump to the Biden administration, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) this week announced that it was withdrawing three opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The…

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Starbucks Earnings

Starbucks reported Q1 sales and earnings on Tuesday of this week with both global and US same store sales slightly weaker than expectations at minus 5%. Like other QSR operators, the US same store sales trend worsened somewhat through December, but the company sees January coming in at minus 2. While the company reported US transactions were…

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Biden Fires NLRB General Counsel Robb

On his first day in office as the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden this week terminated attorney Peter Robb from his position as General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). News reports indicate that the Biden administration requested that Robb resign from the position and allow the newly inaugurated President…

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Labor’s Friend in the White House

Back during the 2020 Presidential Campaign, then candidate Joe Biden made it clear where he would come down on labor issues, pledging to the AFL-CIO at a Labor Day event that he will be “the strongest labor president you ever had” when he is in the White House. Well, he’s only been there two days,…

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Massachusetts Fixes Tip Pooling Law

With the signing of H.5250, the omnibus Economic Stimulus bill on January 5, the last day of the legislative session, our decade-long effort to correct the Massachusetts tip pooling law finally bore fruit. Governor Charlie Baker last week signed the legislation into law including a critical provision amending the statutory definition of wait staff employee…

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Register for Next Week’s CFA Webinar

As evidenced in some of the stories above, the Biden-Harris administration is going to be implementing many significant changes in labor and employment laws and regulations that will dramatically impact franchise owners across the country. To help you better prepare for those changes, the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) is sponsoring a webinar: Updates to…

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Economic Observations

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) last week reported that average hourly earnings increased 0.4 percent from November to December 2020. The increase stems from an increase of 0.8 percent in hourly earnings coupled with a 0.4 percent rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Year over year, average hourly earnings increased 3.7 percent…

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More States Stepping Up with Relief Programs

Although they may not be offering immunity, a number of other states are offering additional business assistance programs and loosening their purse strings with more funds for business relief. In that vein, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy signed legislation last week that provides up to $14 billion in corporate tax relief to businesses in the…

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