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McDonald's Intensifies Democratic Lobbying Efforts on Joint Employer

Republican lawmakers are already on board with franchisors' views against the 2015 NLRB joint employer decision and its perceived implications. It's the union-friendly, left-leaning Democrats who are viewed by McDonald's, Yum Brands and other franchisors as needing extra persuasion to shield them from being legally viewed as joint employers of their 'zee employees.

AG Sessions Stresses DOJ To Hold Individuals Accountable for Corporate Misconduct

Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month emphasized the Department of Justice’s commitment to holding individuals accountable for corporate misconduct and self-reporting by culpable corporations and organizations. The AG noted that to prosecute responsible individuals, the DOJ “will work closely with our law enforcement partners, both here and abroad, to bring these persons to justice.”

Puzder on Why He Withdrew as Secretary of Labor

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Andy Puzder

Last week Monday Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants Inc., parent company of  Carl's Jr., Hardee's, Green Burrito and Red Burrito, told radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt why he withdrew his nomination for Secretary of Labor. Hewitt is also a law professor at Chapman University School of Law.

Alexander Acosta Replaces Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor Nominee

Within hours of CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder's withdrawal of his candidacy for Secretary of Labor, President Trump announced Alexander Acosta as his replacement. Both hold law degrees, but Acosta does not possess the intimate working knowledge of franchising that Puzder does.

Andy Puzder Withdraws Nomination as Secretary of Labor

Andrew Puzder
Andy Puzder. ( Photo by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Andy Puzder withdrew as a nominee today for Secretary of Department of Labor in President Trump's administration.

Andrew Puzder Confirmation for Labor Secretary a Hard Sell

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Anti-Puzder photo from Union's Fight for $15

Ten days before the U.S. Senate holds its confirmation hearing on Andrew Puzder as President Trump's nomination for Labor Secretary, there is no shortage of opposition. Puzder is the CEO of the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants.

Puzder Confirmation as Labor Secretary Pushed Back after Worker Protests Ignite

Fight for $15, organized under the Service Employees International Union, is fighting hard against Andrew Puzder, CEO of fast food chain CKE Restaurants, hoping to derail his Senate confirmation as U.S. Labor Secretary.

Will Predictive Schedule Mandates Work? Have You Flown Lately?

Predictive scheduling laws require employers to have a perfect advance knowledge and employees to act perfectly. It seeks to legislate an impossible result, every minute, every hour, every day. No business can perfectly predict how many customers will come in the door or what they will order.

Trump Chooses CKE’s Andy Puzder as Labor Secretary

After much media anticipation, President-elect Donald J. Trump has now picked Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants Inc., as his Secretary of Labor, Trump's transition team leaked Thursday.

Court Decision Halts President Obama’s Overtime Rule Change

Pres. Obama signs Overtime Rule Change in 2014 (Photo: DOL website)

Franchise and retail communities were bracing for the Department of Labor's new overtime rule, set to go into effect December 1. After a court decision, they have now breathed a sigh of relief. A district judge in Texas approved a preliminary injunction on November 22 that halted the rule change, one that would double the current salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay for employees who work more than 40 hours a week.