New York AG Targets “On-Call” Shifts

It would seem that the next call to arms against the business community will be about insufficient notice of being called in to work.  Our readers may recall that earlier this year, we reported on San Francisco passing a Retail Workers Bill of Rights, which among other provisions penalizes employers for not giving employees a…

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Pennsylvania Looks To Go In Different Direction

It’s a long way from becoming law, but we’re glad to be able to report that the Pennsylvania Senate is at least considering the needs of small business as relates unnecessarily increasing labor costs.  We noted this week that the senate on a vote of 37 – 12 passed a bill that would overturn a…

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California Fair Franchising Up For Hearing

The California legislature is prepared to again move forward with franchise relations legislation that will restore some semblance of balance to the franchisee/franchisor relationship in the Golden State.  AB 525, filed jointly by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden, is scheduled for a hearing next week in the state capitol in…

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Congress Kills NLRB “Ambush” Election, But Obama Will Likely Veto

The US House last week voted to approve legislation that kills the NLRB “ambush election rule” that simplifies and expedites unionizing efforts.  The House vote, 232 – 186, essentially fell along party lines and follows a similar party-line vote in the Senate earlier this month.  The bill invokes a rarely used Congressional power to challenge…

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Paid Sick Leave Filed in Congress

It’s been percolating in several state houses and city halls around the country and now, Congress is getting into the Mandatory Sick Leave business.  Last week, sick leave legislation was filed in both the US Senate and the House of Representatives.  Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) filed the so-called Healthy Families Act, which would mandate that…

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Philadelphia Mandates Sick Leave

Although he vetoed sick leave mandates on two occasions in the past, apparently the third time was the charm for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter who signed the mandate into law last week.  The Philadelphia City Council had passed the sick leave bill, which mandates one hour leave for every 40 hours worked, earlier on February…

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Sick Leave As A Presidential Campaign Issue

Most will remember that President Obama called for adoption of mandatory sick leave for all employees earlier this year in his State of the Union address.  Now, in the wake of Philadelphia passing it into law, and two bills being filed in Congress to mandate it, presumed democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton quickly tweeted out her…

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Table For 2 At The Food Truck??

A bill has been filed in the North Carolina legislature that will allow food trucks operating in the state to offer seating to their customers.  The legislation, filed in the NC General Assembly by state Senator Jerry Tillman, allows a food stand to provide tables and chairs for customers without obtaining a restaurant permit.  We…

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Tough Sledding For Bangor Minimum Wage Increase

Last week, we reported on local legislation filed by Bangor Maine city councilor Joe Balducci to increase the minimum wage within the capital city of Maine to $8.25 by 2016 then jumping to $9.75 by 2018.  This week, however, we’re happy to report that there doesn’t seem to be much support for the proposal among…

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Florida District Meeting

In just two weeks, DDIFO will welcome our southeast members to the Orlando District meeting on February 26 at the Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Studio City Hotel.   This program, which will focus on ramifications of the Affordable Care Act its application for Dunkin’ franchise owners.  The program will feature nationally renowned franchise attorney Robert…

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