GMO Labeling Back In Headlines

Speaking of Vermont, the state was the first to mandate special labeling of foodstuffs containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) back in 2014 when Governor Shumlin signed the labeling legislation into law.  Since that time, the law has been challenged by the Grocers Manufacturers Association in a lawsuit that is still pending (the court rejected the…

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IFA Files Amicus in NY Fast Food Challenge

The International Franchise Association (IFA) on Monday filed an amicus brief in conjunction with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) supporting a lawsuit challenging the NY fast-food minimum wage.  The National Restaurant Association (NRA) originally challenged the discriminatory ‘fast-food-only minimum wage increase’ when it was first mandated by the NY Fast Food Wage Board,…

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Hawaii Franchising Legislation Filed

Legislation amending Hawaiian law on franchising was filed last week and will be considered again this session by the Hawaii House of Representatives.  HB2192 would make pre-dispute forum selection clauses in franchise agreements voidable under Hawaiian law.  Currently, franchise provisions can require adjudication of disputes in out-of-state jurisdictions, thousands of miles away.  This makes judicial…

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DOL Issues New Guidance on Joint-Employer

The Department of Labor this week released a new interpretation on the joint employer issue that franchisees need to be aware of.  David Weil, Administrator of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, and the individual most responsible for the application of joint employer as it relates wage and overtime protections released the guidance and then…

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New York City Sodium Warning Takes Effect

New York City this week became the first government in the nation to require sodium warning notices on menu items that exceed the recommended daily limit of 2300 mg of salt.  The requirement, which was adopted by the city Health Board back in September, officially became effective this past Tuesday, December 1, although the fines…

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NRA Challenge To Fast Food Wage

The first steps in the National Restaurant Association challenge to the New York $15 fast food minimum wage were taken last week as oral arguments were presented before the Industrial Board of Appeals.  The NRA is challenging the $15 fast food minimum on several grounds, notably that the decision to apply the increase to “a…

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Court Tosses St. Louis Minimum Wage Increase

A circuit court judge in Missouri has overturned the St. Louis ordinance increasing the minimum wage within the city to $8.25/hour.  The ordinance was scheduled to take effect yesterday, with additional increases to $9 on January 1, 2016, $10 in 2017 and finally to $11 at the beginning of 2018.  There was considerable debate for…

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Massachusetts Hears Tip Pooling & Fair Scheduling Bills

The Massachusetts legislature next week will host a public hearing at which DDIFO will testify strongly in support on one bill and just as strongly in opposition to another.  The joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development will host the hearing beginning at 11:30 AM, at which it will take testimony on H.1704, an Act…

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Court Rejects IFA Appeal of Seattle Wage

A three judge panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the rejection by the lower court of arguments raised by the International Franchise Association in its lawsuit against the City of Seattle minimum wage law.  You will recall that the IFA challenged the law as being illegally discriminatory against franchises back when…

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But a Tiger Can’t Change Its Stripes

Just when you hope the NLRB is showing balance between labor and business, we learn of a decision they rendered in a Connecticut dispute (that was overturned by the federal court).  Our friends at Bennett Law Firm advised us this week that the DC Court of Appeals overturned the NLRB in a 5 year old…

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