Labor and Policy: Page 4


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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
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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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    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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    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 April 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
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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
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    Chipotle takes Gen Z behind the scenes to recruit new employees

    The chain is rolling out social media content highlighting employee perks and inside scoops as it attempts to recruit staff from a younger generation.

    By Jessica Deyo • Aug. 31, 2023
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    BCTGM withdraws petition in Dunkin’ union drive

    A union drive at a Cincinnati Dunkin’ did not reach an election, as the union withdrew its NLRB petition following a captive-audience meeting.

    By Updated Sept. 12, 2023
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    Chipotle agrees to $300K settlement in DC over child labor law violations

    The Washington, D.C., attorney general’s office found hundreds of instances of minors working past the number of hours allowed at Chipotle.

    By Aug. 28, 2023
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    NYC fast food chains to pay $4.5M in settlement of fair workweek violations

    Fair workweek laws are meant to ensure that hourly workers in targeted industries are given predictable work schedules so they can plan their lives beyond work.

    By Laurel Kalser • Aug. 24, 2023
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    Coffee could become a union industry in Boston

    UNITE HERE has organized four Boston cafe chains. Now, it wants to use a standard contract to spur more unionization and drive up wages in the city’s coffee sector. 

    By Aug. 24, 2023