More NLRB Regulatory Rewrites

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to rewrite a host of definitions under the National Labor Relations Act, much to the dismay of many business interests.  Just over a month ago, and coming on the heels of the Browning-Ferris decision that speaks to joint employer status in third party business relationships, the Board ruled…

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NLRB Reform Act Filed in US House

As has been expected for some time, a bill seeking to reform the National Labor Relations Board was filed this week in the US House by Representative Joseph Wilson (SC – 2nd District).  Citing a number of the regulatory excesses perpetrated by the NLRB and referring to the organization as the “President’s Labor Bully”, Wilson…

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Independent Joe #34 October/ November

Franchise owners at DDIFO’s national convention in Las Vegas had surely heard all the talk about the end of franchising as we know it. The National Labor Relations Board’s controversial joint-employer decision has triggered a backlash in the franchising world, with the labor board ruling that a big recycling company is responsible for the employees…

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Take Nothing for Granted

For those of you who are not football fans or are perhaps too young to remember Leon Lett and his embarrassment in Super Bowl XXVII (you can Google it for the particulars), the 2015 Track & Field World Championships held this summer in Beijing, China give an updated version of that important life lesson: keep…

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Congress Files to Overturn Joint Employer

Although it is likely an exercise in futility, Republican leaders in both the US Senate and the House have filed legislation seeking to overturn the National Labor Relations Board recent ruling validating the new definition of joint-employer.  Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions, along with Congressman…

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NLRB Authorizes Electronic Signatures

Speaking of the havoc the NLRB is wreaking on American small business, the NLRB general counsel last week issued a new guidance relating the signature gathering requirements for authorization of union election petitions.  General Counsel Richard Griffin advised that union advocates will no longer need to gather employee signatures on authorization cards to call for…

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NLRB Upholds New Joint Employer Rule

In a much-anticipated decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday declared war on small businesses across the country and on the franchise industry in particular by upholding the new expanded definition of joint-employer.  By a partisan vote of 3-2, the full Board ruled that Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) was a joint employer along with a…

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2015 National Conference

Although the DDIFO room block has officially closed, you can still register and attend the 2015 DDIFO National Conference.  The conference is just a little over 3 short weeks away and you will want to be sure to attend.  The conference will open with the fall meeting of the DDIFO Board of Directors on Monday,…

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NLRB Pushes Forward with Joint-Employer

Originally, the notion of recasting the definition of “joint-employer” was floated as an opinion from the office of NLRB General Counsel.  Subsequently, General Counsel Richard Griffin formally charged McDonald’s Corp as a joint-employer in a number of labor disputes stemming from New York.  Last week, the new definition was formally adopted by the five-member National…

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Caesar’s Palace is home to the 2015 DDIFO National Conference

Of all the meetings Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners are invited to attend in a given year, few offer the variety of perspectives that the DDIFO National Conference does. Not only is it an opportunity to network with franchisees from across the system – some of whom have been with Dunkin’ since the early days, –…

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