Election Results

We’ll let the major media talking heads comment on most of the big races and results across the country from Tuesday’s midterm elections while we highlight some of the issues and results that might be of greater concern to franchisees and other small business owners. That said, we note that once again, the results were…

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Michigan Minimum and Tipped Wages

It seems the closer the midterm elections get, the more “business-friendly” some elected officials become. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is a prime and recent example. It seems Governor Whitmer, who has long been a proponent of increasing minimum wages in the Wolverine State, is now urging caution over reinstating a $12 minimum wage. The Michigan…

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More Minimum Wages Going Forward

We’ve got a couple of early warnings to share with you this week on the subject of minimum wages, and both relate ballot initiatives. First, in California, Sacramento County Superior Court Judge James Arguelles rejected a ballot campaign petition to force the question onto the 2022 ballot despite the campaign having missed a critical deadline.…

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Court Resets Minimum Wage

A Michigan Court of Claims judge ruled this week that lawmakers violated the Michigan state constitution back in 2018 when they passed a pending ballot petition and then amended it to a format more to their liking. A provision in the state constitution, known as the adopt and amend provision seemingly allows the legislature to…

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A Minimum Wage Initiative Fails

Notwithstanding the difficulties small businesses continue to encounter in the current economy, the push to increase minimum wages continues to swirl, but this week we can at least report some good news on the subject. A proposed ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage in Michigan to $15 an hour by 2028 has failed to…

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Dunkin’ JOY Run Raises Funds and Creates Happier, Healthier Hearts

His friends thought he’d be too embarrassed, but Rob Wessel is up for anything that will help him do good and help others. That’s why they bet Wessel $100 he wouldn’t walk around his neighborhood in his Dunkin’ onesie—a white jumpsuit emblazoned all over with the iconic pink and orange Dunkin’ logo. “I said, ‘I…

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Has She Got a Deal for You!

Michigan Governor Gretchen Witmer is proposing a deal for small business owners in The Wolverine State that would put a $15/hour minimum in place for many Michigan workers. The Governor’s plan would provide 3-month wage grants to businesses that agree to increase worker wages to $15 per hour with the grant paying the differential between…

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Restaurant Workers Sue Michigan

The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) along with other advocacy groups One Fair Wage and Mothering Justice this week filed a lawsuit against Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel alleging that legislative changes made to the state minimum wage law were unconstitutional. To put the issue in context, One Fair Wage initiated a petition drive in 2018…

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COVID-19 Lawsuits on the Rise: 5 Steps To Minimize the Risks

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought small business numerous challenges. We can now add another to the list: Employees filing increasing numbers of COVID-19 related lawsuits. In fact, according to the Fisher Phillips Employment Litigation Tracker, as of November 1, COVID-19 related lawsuits have been filed against 950 employers. The highest number of lawsuits were filed…

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Of COVID Refunds, Rebates, Curfews and Such

Restaurant owners out in California have initiated formal requests for rebates on funds they’ve paid to the state, county or municipality for permits, liquor fees, etc. since they have not been legally able to operate. Currently, most restaurants in the state are limited to 25% of capacity, and even under the best of COVID circumstances,…

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