Paid and Supplemental Sick Leave

Despite our getting closer to a complete reopening of the economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, some employers around the country are still being saddled with additional mandates and dictates from their own state governments. One glaring example comes from the state of New Mexico, where the state senate last week passed a…

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Create a Competitive Edge in Hiring with Paradox

In February, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that bars and restaurants added 286,000 jobs across the United States. As the weather warms up and consumers gain more confidence, many franchisees are making plans to ramp up their hiring. In a competitive market, those who connect with candidates the fastest may get the best…

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Other State COVID-Restrictions Loosen

The steady march of states loosening some of their COVID-related restrictions continued with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signing an order to ease restriction on businesses and gatherings. Now, restaurants and bars there can offer indoor dining at 75 percent of capacity with parties limited to six people and on-site dining required to close at 11…

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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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Independent Joe #66 February/March 2021

New Dunkin’ owner Inspire Brands is not only one of the largest restaurant companies in the world, it also wants to be a leader in the collection, analysis and use of data. To that end, Inspire’s CEO Paul Brown recently created a new corporate position. Navin Sharma, a senior executive with Inspire since 2018, is…

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Vaccines: Helping Employees Roll Up Their Sleeves

As franchisees address the many employment issues related to the pandemic, the question now is what to do about vaccines. When considering how best to proceed, franchisees must be familiar with the employment law issues that are implicated. We’ve chosen several to highlight here. Vaccination Relaxes Quarantine Mandate Stopping short of eliminating quarantine requirements for…

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3 Proven Methods to Finding Hourly Employees in 2021 with Workstream

 Deep dive with Workstream on the top 3 methods franchisees can use to double the number of qualified job applicants for each opening posted. These proven methods can be implemented almost immediately and have been key success factors for countless hiring managers, especially during the coronavirus pandemic! In addition to detailing and explaining these…

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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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Training and Certifying Staff in a COVID World with Always Food Safe

Training new and existing employees is critical to successfully running your operation. Proper training can reduce turnover, improve performance, lower costs and heighten the safety of you staff and customers. With the restrictions of COVID, we are now forced to modify training and find other ways to get staff the necessary and required training. Most…

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Virginia OKs COVID-19 Employee Health/Safety Standard

The Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board has voted to approve a Final Permanent Standard (Final Standard) related to COVID-19. It is anticipated that Governor Northam will soon approve the Final Standard, which sets forth health and safety requirements related to COVID-19 for all Virginia employers and is expected become effective on January 27, 2021.…

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