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AG Coalition Takes Aim at Franchise No-poaching Agreements

A coalition of 12 state Attorneys General (AGs) are taking on the practice by franchisors of using "no-poach" agreements in franchise contracts. The AGs are seeking information and documents from eight national fast food franchisors concerning these agreements, which restrict a franchisee’s ability to recruit or hire employees of another franchisee of the same chain. The AGs sent their letter to Arby’s, Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Little Caesars, Panera Bread, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, and Wendy’s. The letter was led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and signed by the Attorneys General of California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

Real Average Hourly Earnings Increased 0.1% in June

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 0.1 percent from May to June. This result stems from a 0.2-percent increase in average hourly earnings combined with a 0.1-percent increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Real average hourly earnings were unchanged from June 2017 to June 2018; real average hourly earnings combined with a 0.3-percent increase in the average workweek resulted in a 0.2-percent increase in real average weekly earnings over this period.

Golden Corral Franchisee To Pay $85,000 to Settle Disability and Sex Harassment Lawsuit

Jax, LLC, which operates a Golden Corral restaurant in Matthews, N.C., has agreed to pay $85,000 and provide other relief to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC had charged that Jax discriminated against an employee when it subjected him to a hostile work environ­ment based on both his disability (autism) and his sex (male). The EEOC had also charged that the employee was forced to resign because of the harassment.
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