EEOC Approves MOU with Justice and Labor

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) formally authorized entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with other agencies to improve collaboration and enforcement of federal labor laws. The full complement of 5 EEOC Commissioners (3 republican & 2 democrat members) met publicly, albeit virtually, for the first time in quite a while to discuss and…

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And Another Decision Overturned

It would seem that getting the full complement of NLRB Members in place and ridding it of Obama overreach may lighten the workload for the federal court system quite a bit. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit earlier this week overturned another NLRB decision that came out of Portland, Oregon. The management…

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On and Off Stage at the 2015 National Conference

Rob Branca Before his career as a Dunkin’ Donuts owner and franchise industry expert, Rob Branca practiced law at the firm of Lisa & Sousa in Providence, RI. He worked closely with many Dunkin’ franchisees, setting up their business entities and real estate transactions—all the while gaining valuable insight into how family businesses operate and…

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Limiting your Legal Liability for Employee Compensation Claims

As a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee, you and your labor lawyer should immediately audit your franchise’s compensation practices. Lawsuits for unpaid minimum and overtime wages are on the rise, and several Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in the northeast have been the targets of lawsuits and Department of Labor investigations. In September 2014, a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee near…

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NLRB Running Amok

In continuing a string of anti-business rulings, the National Labor Relations Board has again come down hard on standard business decisions, ruling recently that an employer’s enforcement of a workplace policy prohibiting employees from disseminating confidential information, such as personal or financial information violated the National Labor Relations Act and was therefore illegal.  The particular…

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National Labor Relations Board At Full Complement

After numerous lawsuits about his “recess appointments,” President Obama struck a deal with Congress that allowed him to fill the vacant positions on the National Labor Relations Board.  Those appointments have now all been made and the board is at a full complement of members.  The question remains as to whether they will reaffirm a…

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Class Actions and Sales Tax cases

As we comb the courts for examples of cases involving franchising, restaurants and labor law, we try to home in on those that could impact Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners. In this issue of Independent Joe, we want to bring you up to date on a series of cases argued before the U.S. Supreme Court which…

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