Seattle Approves “Head Tax” on Employers

Apparently determined to kill economic prosperity, at least within its own city limits, Seattle city councilors unanimously voted to impose a new tax on large employers within the city. Mayor Jenny Durkan, who won the office last November after her predecessor Mayor Ed Murray was caught in a child sex abuse scandal, threatened to veto…

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Predictive Scheduling Taking Effect in July

More bad news for business interests in the Pacific Northwest as predictive scheduling will become effective in Oregon in just over one month. Last year you may recall, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law the first statewide predictive scheduling mandate in the nation, Senate bill 828,. The dictate, which applies to non-exempt employees working…

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Bracing for Paid Leave in Rhode Island

It seems prudent to advise early of changes and mandates that will take effect when new government fiscal years begin in July. As with predictive scheduling in Oregon above, July 2018 becomes a trigger date for new mandates in Rhode Island as well. The Healthy and Safe Families and Workplace Act, signed into law by…

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Missouri Readies Right To Work Referendum

Missouri, which had previously become a “right to work” state back in February 2017 when Governor Eric Greitens signed it into law, will have the voters deciding the issue again in the August primary election this year. Organized labor and other right to work opponents initiated a petition campaign over a year ago to suspend…

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New Jersey Resurrects the Individual Mandate

Despite most Americans being strongly opposed to the Obamacare individual healthcare mandate (and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in December effectively neutered the requirement by removing the penalty for non-compliance), New Jersey is determined to put it back in place. The New Jersey Health Insurance Market Preservation Act was passed last…

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NJ Expanded Leave Advances; Changes Tabled in DC

When you’re on a roll . . . and apparently New Jersey believes it is as last week the Senate Committee on Labor advanced an expansion to the new paid family leave bill. If passed, the measure would broaden the existing leave program by boosting the paid leave benefit to 12 weeks (from the current…

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Phantom Gourmet Joins New Orleans Line-up!

Delivering on our commitment to bring you the best and most interesting and relevant presentations at the 2018 DDIFO National Conference, we are pleased to announce that The Phantom Gourmet will join us and present the opening keynote address on Monday, June 11! Dave Andelman, CEO, founded The Phantom Gourmet, Inc. back when he began graduate school. In…

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California Changes Independent Contractor Test

Just a week or so ago, the California Supreme Court altered the long-prevailing standard for determining which individuals may qualify as independent contractors rather than employees. Prior to the court ruling, there were 12 different factors that would be considered in making such a determination. In the case of Dynamex Operations West, the state’s highest…

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NYC Mandates Anti-Sexual Harassment Training

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday signed into law a package of 11 different bills targeting harassment and other workplace issues. The package, known as the “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act”, includes a mandate for employers with 15 or more employees to conduct an anti-sexual harassment training program on an annual basis and…

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Welcoming Dunkin’ to my Hometown

For seven generations, my family has lived in Evansville, Indiana. My great-great-great-grandfather came here from Ireland in 1828 to start a farm just a mile away from where I live today. He sought the wide open territory to begin life anew in a promising land. From this beginning, the Midwestern values of hard work, hospitality…

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