Franchises fear a “devastating” change to their business model

By Lydia DePillis, The Washington Post

On Thursday, in the middle of a vast convention hall floor in the bowels of the Javits Center, Pedro Gallegos stood at a podium and described how he had arrived in the United States from his native Ecuador—carrying just two suitcases. Within a few years, he and his wife were able to invest in a moving franchise called Two Men and a Truck. They’ve gone from two trucks to ten in San Diego, and have earned themselves a spot in the middle class.

Cuomo is waging war on restaurants

By Melissa Fleischut, Crain’s New York Business

If you can’t legislate, circumvent. That’s the bottom-line message Gov. Andrew Cuomo has delivered to New Yorkers after realizing the voters elected a legislature that won’t bend to his every whim. The governor is playing the role of the bully and playing it well—strong-arming sweeping policy changes through executive action.

SEIU 775 President Sells Out the Minimum Wage

By Maxford Nelson, Freedom Foundation

For many individuals, labor unions can elicit strong emotions. For some, belief in the power and worth of labor unions is quasi-religious, perhaps due to the similarities between the “Social Gospel” of some denominations and the alleged motives of the labor movement. It is not without reason that union halls are often referred to as “labor temples.”

An unforgiving NLRB holds that protecting patient data under HIPAA can still violate section 7 rights

Lexology

It would make sense that the systems housing patient records at a physician’s office should be protected by a robust duty on the part of the physician’s employees to keep such records confidential. The purpose, of course, is to ensure the physician’s responsibilities under the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) are properly carried out. Further, in a time where hacking, and the resulting identify theft that often follows, is ubiquitous, any custodian of sensitive records would be prudent to use a belt and suspenders approach to protecting data. This would further bolster the rationale for a strong company policy on confidentiality, right? Well, not quite.

Traditional Unions Impede New Media’s Flexibility

By Vincent Vernuccio, The New York Times

The staff at Gawker says their next step after unionizing is determining “what we want to bargain for” in a contract. That would mean deciding whether they want to form a traditional union that could be an impediment to the creativity needed in the new media workplace, or a professional guild that could support it.