Labor and Policy: Page 3


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    Chipotle will raise wages in California, continue testing robots

    The chain plans to hike prices by mid-to-high single digits in California next year to compensate for a 20% wage increase in that market.

    By , Oct. 27, 2023
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    Starbucks’ threat to cut abortion travel benefits violated NLRA, agency judge says

    Starbucks has been hit with a litany of labor-related complaints as its workers across the country have unionized.

    By Ginger Christ • Oct. 20, 2023
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    Trendline

    Workforce Challenges

    The recovering restaurant labor market is still unstable, marked by growing worker demand and a small talent pool, pressuring businesses to adapt their staffing strategies. 

    By Restaurant Dive staff
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    Domino’s promotes EVP of human resources

    The company has struggled with labor retention and recruitment, especially of delivery drivers, since the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    By Oct. 17, 2023
  • A mourner holds a sign during a vigil for the nine Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light rail yard shooting victims.
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    ‘A low bar’: How California’s new workplace violence prevention plan aims to make workplaces safer

    The new law is the first in the U.S. to establish an industrywide workplace violence prevention standard and could lead other states to follow, experts say.

    By Ginger Christ • Oct. 16, 2023
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    How drive-thru-only units are shaping QSR operations

    Smaller units can lower costs and optimize operations, experts said during Restaurant Dive’s off-premise trends virtual event in September.

    By Oct. 16, 2023
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    Q&A

    Dine Brand’s Chief People Officer on her first 100 days

    Expanding parental leave and adopting a new human resources platform were two of the first orders of business for Sarah Cannon-Foster in her new role.

    By Oct. 12, 2023
  • Brandon Johnson speaks at an event celebrating his election as Mayor of Chicago.
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    Chicago to eliminate subminimum wage

    The law sets the maximum tip credit at 40% of the city’s minimum wage on July 1, 2024, and decreases the allowable tip credit 8% every year until 2028.

    By Oct. 6, 2023
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    Starbucks asks Supreme Court to intervene in union fight

    If the Supreme Court sided with Starbucks, the change would make it more difficult for the National Labor Relations Board to reinstate, in a timely fashion, workers fired for protected activity.

    By Oct. 5, 2023
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    The restaurant labor market in 6 key statistics

    Slowing turnover, steady unemployment and flat real wage growth point to growing restaurant employer power over workers compared to 2022 and 2021.

    By Updated Feb. 5, 2024
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    Subway operators ordered to pay nearly $1M in back wages, shutter operations

    The U.S. Department of Labor found the franchisees told children as young as 14 and 15 to use dangerous equipment, had minors work illegal hours and issued bad checks for payroll. 

    By Oct. 2, 2023
  • Starbucks Workers United members picket outside a Starbucks in Watertown, Ma., on August 1, 2022.
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    Starbucks to fight NLRB ruling that its benefits violated labor law

    A National Labor Relations Board judge found the coffee chain implemented wage and benefits changes to discourage workers from backing Starbucks Workers United.

    By Oct. 2, 2023
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    New York Judge denies DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub injunction against delivery minimum wage

    DoorDash confirmed, barring other legal developments, that it will have to pay its New York City delivery workers $17.96 an hour starting on Monday.

    By Sept. 29, 2023
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    EEOC alleges Chipotle supervisor pulled on, removed Muslim worker’s hijab

    The case may point to the need for anti-harassment training for managers.

    By Emilie Shumway • Sept. 29, 2023
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    NLRB dings Starbucks for cracking down on union T-shirts

    Employees also were illegally barred from writing customer-provided, pro-union monikers on cups, among other violations, the NLRB found. 

    By Emilie Shumway • Sept. 28, 2023
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    California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs $20 fast food minimum wage into law

    The deal, AB 1228, establishes a council with limited power to set the pace of wage increases until 2029, in what the SEIU calls a “historic” turn for labor.

    By Sept. 28, 2023
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    Judge denies NYC motion to dismiss delivery fee cap suit

    A suit filed by DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub to overturn the city’s 15% delivery fee cap can proceed after a judge ruled it is plausible the city interfered with the aggregators’ contracts. 

    By Sept. 20, 2023
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    Boston Market pays $630K in back wages in NJ, lifting stop-work order

    The New Jersey Department of Labor gave the green light for Boston Market to reopen 27 locations, but it’s unclear how many have done so.

    By Sept. 19, 2023
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    Black Sweetgreen workers sue chain for racial discrimination and sexual harassment

    Managers and coworkers called Black workers racial slurs and female workers faced sexual harassment and inappropriate touching, a lawsuit claims.

    By Sept. 15, 2023
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    California state Senate passes major restaurant labor compromise

    The labor deal replaced the council outlined in AB 257 with a weakened version, set a $20 sectoral minimum wage, and averted a fight over joint-employer liability.

    By Sept. 14, 2023
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    EEOC sues Jack in the Box franchisee over sexual harassment

    Operator Rock Strategic allegedly failed to stop a general manager’s sexual harassment of young workers at a Texas location, EEOC said.

    By Sept. 13, 2023
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    Las Vegas hospitality workers to hold strike vote

    A potential strike would impact major hotels along the Strip, building on the labor movement that’s swept across Southern California.

    By Noelle Mateer • Sept. 12, 2023
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    Restaurant industry, labor groups to kill CA’s FAST Act referendum with labor council deal

    A major amendment to AB 1228 would scrap joint-employer liability and set a $20 minimum wage for QSR chains with 60 or more units.

    By Sept. 11, 2023
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    Culinary Union launches organizing effort at Las Vegas hotel restaurants

    The union is hoping to organize 10,000 restaurant workers at hotels along the Strip, starting with Eataly Las Vegas, part of MGM Resorts.

    By Noelle Mateer • Sept. 6, 2023
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    Domino’s franchisee faces federal suit over driver pay in Massachusetts

    A suit argues that a low reimbursement rate resulted in drivers earning less than minimum wage in the latest in a long run of wage and hours suits against Domino’s franchisees.

    By Sept. 6, 2023
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    Q&A

    IFA CEO: Restaurant franchise model threatened by joint employer revisions

    California’s AB 1228 would require franchisors and franchisees to share joint liability for adherence to labor law, which undermines the “business for yourself, but not by yourself” goal, says Matthew Haller.

    By Sept. 1, 2023