Fight for $15 Targets Unionizing Chipotle

It would appear that the SEIU’s Fight for $15 campaign, which has long targeted unionizing McDonald’s restaurants, may now be targeting their organizing efforts at Chipotle employees. Last week, the union brought its campaign to Washington, DC, where they were handing out flyers outside of Chipotle locations in the Nation’s Capital. The fliers sought to…

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Elections Have Consequences

In most states, elections were held earlier this week and we want to just touch on a couple of results as they may become relevant to business issues in the future. First off, up in Portland Maine, incumbent progressive Mayor Ethan Strimling was eliminated before the final round in the ranked-choice local election. He defined…

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Minimum Wages Hikes Have an Impact

On the positive side of the ledger, one can point to the first increase in the median real wage for US workers in quite some time. But, there’s also a flip side to that coin, and it is taking a toll on restaurants in major cities such as New York City and San Francisco. The…

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New York City Squeezes Speech

The New York City Commission on Human Rights is seemingly ramping up its restrictions on employers with a new Legal Enforcement Guidance on certain protections in the NYC Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). Specifically, a new guidance released this month provides that employers (as well as landlords) could be subjected to fines up to $250,000 for…

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Idle Hands

With his presidential campaign over, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is now back in the city full time – and it’s starting to show. What’s good for America, may not be great for New Yorkers with the Mayor back at Gracie Mansion full time. Last week, his administration brought action against Chipotle with…

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New York Annual Sexual Harassment Training

In that same vein, we also wanted to remind readers that the first anniversary of the state of New York requirement for annual sexual harassment training is coming up on October 9, 2019. By that date, all employees in the state are required to have gone through their annual training session on sexual harassment. You…

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Minimum Wage Veto, Prospects and Impact

We’ve got 3 dimensions of the nation minimum wage debate to report to you this week and each coming from a different east coast state. First, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu stayed true to his word when he vetoed legislation that would have increased the current state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. SB 10…

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Paid Leave Fights in Court

Liberal local communities continue their push to win and enforce their own paid leave mandates and the fights continue in courts in blue and red states. In Texas, state Attorney General Ken Paxton, who last year convinced the 3rd District Court of Appeals to strike down an Austin paid sick leave ordinance, prevailed again –…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Over the July 4th holiday, it was announced that Dunkin’ had for the first time, finally broken into the list of Most Patriotic American Brands produced annually by Brand Keys, coming in at #13. The annual survey, which began after the 9/11 terrorist attack, tries to measure consumer perceptions of which companies most embody the…

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Miscellaneous

First off, we want to remind our subscribers that use of any Styrofoam products, such as cups, trays, bowls, plates, etc., in New York City will be subject to a fine beginning July 15, 2019 – only a few weeks away. We also noted this week that the Nations Restaurant News released their 2019 listing…

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