Fair Franchising Moves in Alabama

Good news for franchising came out of the deep south earlier this week when the Alabama Committee on Government Affairs endorsed the Protect Alabama Small Businesses Act by a vote of 9 – 1 with 1 abstention. The bill, which addresses a number of abuses to which franchise owners are currently subjected, will next be…

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“Fair Workweek” Proposals Spreading

Not unlike the waves from minimum wage battles, consideration of so-called Fair Workweek legislation is also spreading across the nation. Fair workweek laws generally provide that employers provide workers with a minimum (usually 10 – 14 days) period of notice of their work schedule and any deviation from that schedule requires an additional “predictability payment”…

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Maine Senate Kills Union Ratification Bill

Speaking of Maine and the state senate, the Maine senate voted 20-13 last week to kill a bill that would have required a union ratification vote every two years in union workplaces. The bill, LD 1553, would have mandated that union workers ratify their collective bargaining representation by secret ballot every other year. In addition,…

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Fair Scheduling Dead in Massachusetts

At least for the balance of the current legislative session, it would appear that serious consideration of the so-called ‘Fair Scheduling’ bill in Massachusetts is over as S.973 was given a study order this week.  An Act Establishing Fair Scheduling for Employees in Massachusetts would mandate that employers must give a worker their work schedule…

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New Jersey Next for $15/Hour?

According to reports this week, leaders in the New Jersey legislature hope to make New Jersey the next state to adopt a $15 an hour minimum wage.  Several lawmakers, including Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, are pushing legislation to raise the state’s current $8.38 hourly minimum to $15, an astounding 79% increase!  Prieto is quoted as…

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Maria Stephanos Headlines Northeast Regional Meeting

Veteran Boston news anchor Maria Stephanos will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Northeast Regional meeting being held at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center on Tuesday, March 1.  Ms. Stephanos began her Channel 5 WCVB tenure on the anchor desk just last night.  She left Fox’s Boston affiliate last fall after 18…

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CFA Day Forum

Again we strongly recommend that you plan to attend the 2016 CFA Day Forum March 17-18 at the Hyatt Regency in Washington DC.  Here are 3 simple reasons why you should: The stakes are high. Never before have there been so many anti-business regulations threatening your livelihood. As the saying goes, if you’re not at the…

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GMO Issue Resurfaces

We haven’t heard much of it lately, but the GMO labeling issue is still very much alive in a number of states.  The state of Maine adopted GMO labeling back in 2014, however the law included two distinct and important caveats – a delayed effective date and an automatic repeal provision. Currently, GMO labeling requirements…

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States Look to Restrict Joint-Employer

One approach to clarifying the issue and clearing up any confusion it may have caused is legislation at the individual state level that unmistakably defines who is and is not a joint employer.  As we’ve advised in past issues, 3 states (Tennessee, Louisiana & Texas) had passed into law clarifying legislation that effectively exempts franchising…

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Legislative Sessions Starting Anew

Now that our calendar has turned to 2016, many state legislatures will be convening in new sessions over the coming weeks.  In fact, fourteen states have already opened their 2016 sessions while an additional 19 will begin their 2016 work next week.  By the end of this month, legislatures will be convened in 37 of…

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