Other State Issues to Watch

We tend to focus much of our efforts on the ‘bigger-ticket’ items that can most significantly impact our members, but we can’t lose sight of some lesser known, but equally impactful ideas as they percolate in different cities and states. A perfect example is currently being deliberated in New York City, where the City Council…

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New York Expands Anti-Discrimination To Hairstyles

In the broad category of government mandates, New York seems to be “running away with it”! This week’s addition in the Big Apple comes from the New York City Commission on Human Rights, which is updating its rules for enforcing the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). The new guidelines from the Commission specifically…

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A Night to Remember: Joy in Childhood Foundation

This past holiday season, the Dunkin’ Brands Joy in Childhood Foundation celebrated #GivingTuesday in a big way, announcing $2 million in grants to 150 nonprofit groups that bring joy to children battling hunger or illness. Earlier in November, the Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic chapter held its second annual gala at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square, featuring…

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Is Nothing Sacred? de Blasio Pushes Confiscation

Speaking of New York, let’s check on the latest from the Mayor of the Big Apple. Considering his hands-on support of socialism under the Sandinista government in Nicaragua, it shouldn’t be a surprise that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is now pushing confiscation of private property as a top priority. The second term…

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de Blasio Wants Mandatory Vacations

As if driving up the cost of business with higher minimum wages, mandatory paid sick leave and “predictability pay” under the NYC Fair Workweek law (predictive scheduling) weren’t enough, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes to go one better – mandatory vacation time! In his annual State of the City message, de Blasio…

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Enough’s Enough, Suit Filed Against NYC Scheduling Law

It’s reared its ugly head in enough places of late that the International Franchise Association (IFA) has joined forces with the National Restaurant Association and the New York Restaurant Association to sue New York City over its Fair Workweek law. The lawsuit, filed in the New York state supreme court on Monday, challenges the scheduling…

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New York City Adds Third Gender

This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation into law adding a third gender to birth certificates for individuals born in the Big Apple. The bill, as passed by the City Council last month, allows individuals to change the M or F gender designation on their New York City birth certificate to…

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More Involvement Required on Accommodations

Staying in New York for the moment, New York City’s expansion of the reasonable accommodation requirement takes effect the following week on October 15, 2018. More specifically, a January amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) requires that employers with four or more employees engage in a detailed “cooperative dialogue” with any…

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Sexual Harassment on Two Fronts

A couple of important dates are coming up relative to employer responsibilities regarding sexual harassment in New York over the next 2 months. First off in New York City, the Stop Sexual Harassment Act, a series of bills signed into law by Mayor de Blasio on May 9, requires all employers beginning on September 6,…

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Competitor News

So last week, we reported on Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz announcing he’s leaving the company after 40 years amid declining sales numbers along with the planned closing of 150 Starbucks in the US over the next year. This week, it is reported that CFO Scott Maw will also be leaving the company later this year…

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