Jobless Claims Jump Again Heading into Holidays

In a notice released yesterday morning, the Department of Labor Employment and Training Division reported that the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits jumped again last week to 885,000, the highest weekly total since September. Claims were 23,000 higher than the previous week’s figures and come as COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the…

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What’s Brewing: Jobs Recovery, COVID-19 Regulations, Employee Health, Wage Hikes

It was never easy running a quick-service franchise. But over the past few months, the lives of Dunkin’ franchise owners have gotten infinitely more complicated. Franchisees already had their hands full before the coronavirus crisis hit keeping customers happy, keeping employees satisfied, and keeping bottom lines healthy—all while negotiating the challenges posed by various federal,…

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Weekly Unemployment Claims Skyrocket –

This week’s unemployment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was released yesterday with new jobless claims setting an all-time record. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic shutting businesses down across the country, the BLS reported a seasonally-adjusted total of just under 3.3 million individuals filed new claims for the week ending March 21,…

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Miscellaneous

According to numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) last week, there were almost 900,000 job openings in the leisure and hospitality industry as of the end of August, a reduction of almost 100,000 from the same time last year. That said however, there was also other very good news on the average…

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Kentucky Requires Lawyers in Unemployment Hearings

In what could undoubtedly be an expensive ruling for Kentucky businesses, the Kentucky Court of Appeals has tossed out a longstanding law allowing a non-lawyer to represent an employer at administrative unemployment hearings.  In its April 26 decision, the court found the law an unconstitutional encroachment on the state judicial branch’s executive authority to regulate…

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Hey, Want a Job?

We don’t need to tell you about the labor shortage in QSR restaurants. It’s probably one of the things that keeps you up at night. It’s definitely an issue for Alex Fernandez, who owns one Dunkin’ shop in St. John’s County, Florida, and five other locations in neighboring counties. With an unemployment rate of 2.8…

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New Jersey Will Pay the Pickets

One week ago, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law A3861, a bill that will allow for striking workers in the Garden State to collect unemployment benefits when they are out of work because they are on strike against their employer! Under the legislation, which had previously passed the legislature but was vetoed by…

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Labor Market Getting Tighter

Our members often lament the difficulties they encounter in trying to hire and retain good workers in a tight labor market. Well, it seems the labor market is only getting tighter as Labor Department figures released last week showed unemployment claims for the week ended February 24 had decreased by 10,000 claims to 210,000. That…

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Economy Showing Some Strength as US Adds 214,000 Jobs

There was more encouraging news on the economic front this week as the nation’s economy added 214,000 new jobs in the month of October – reportedly the ninth straight month of 200,000 plus new jobs.  At the same time, the Department of Labor reported last week that the nation’s unemployment rate in October fell to…

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New York Assesses Employers For Interest Owed to Feds

For the third consecutive year, the state of New York has assessed all employers within the Empire State $12.75 for each employee to pay the interest the state owes the federal government for payment of unemployment benefits.  The state’s unemployment fund has long been bankrupt necessitating the loan from the US Treasury.  In typical government fashion, the…

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