Beware! Fast Food Unions Have Arrived

Advocates, who have been pushing for years now to try and unionize fast food workers, have finally succeeded, although it may be on a small scale for the time being. Workers at a Portland Burgerville restaurant voted to unionize this past Monday in an election sanctioned by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The final…

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Scheduling Law Takes Hold in Oregon

Oregon became the first state in the nation to impose scheduling mandates and penalties on private retail, hospitality and food services employers when democratic Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 828 into law this week. The “Fair Workweek” law mandates that employers with more than 500 employees provide a “good faith estimate” of hours and…

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Scheduling Mandates Spreading

The latest fad being foisted upon small business retailers and fast food employers – predictive scheduling – continues to spread to new areas around the country. The state of Oregon is now seriously entertaining enacting a law that would dictate how and when small businesses could schedule their employees to work. The Oregon Senate last…

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Paid Leave, Wage Trigger Approaching

The July 4th holiday may be one we all look forward to, but please be aware that July 1st is the trigger date for a number of new minimum wage increases as well as paid leave mandates in cities, counties and states around the country. This following listing is nowhere near all-inclusive, but just some…

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Pay Equity Law Signed in Oregon

Some number of months ago, it started as a prohibition on employers asking job applicants their salary history. Since that time, it has been transformed into the latest progressive campaign to right past wrongs and it now goes by the name Pay Equity. Oregon is the latest state to enact a Pay Equity Law when…

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Legalized Marijuana

With more states legalizing the use of marijuana, both medical and recreational, it is becoming more and more of an issue that small business owners need to brush up on. Colorado and Washington started the joint, errh, ball rolling, back in 2012 when voters authorized recreational use of the drug.  Since that time, 6 other…

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Restaurants Drop Surcharge

Last week, we advised you of a class action lawsuit pending in California where a number of restaurants had implemented a 3% surcharge to cover increased cost associated with Obamacare.  This week, we note a story in Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN) where West Coast based Restaurants Unlimited has eliminated a 2 month old surcharge they…

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July 1 Brings New Laws

There are two dates every year when we have to be especially conscious of changes in government laws and/or regulations – one is January 1 and the other is today, July 1, the start of many government fiscal years.  With so much new regulation being piled on to the business community, we thought it might…

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Portland Oregon Targets Next Threat to Society

With many states and cities increasing minimum wages to possibly unsustainable levels and others adding mandatory paid sick leave to the costs of trying to run a business, what could be the next big problem that local politicians need to solve to make themselves relevant? Drive-thru windows!  That’s right, the city of Portland, Oregon was…

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More Minimum Wage and Sick Leave

The state of Idaho became the latest to prohibit the imposition of local minimum wages a bill prohibiting political subdivisions from setting minimum wages above the state minimum become law without the signature of Governor Butch Otter.  The Governor’s staff explained that he didn’t sign or veto the legislation because he was “conflicted” about whether…

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