Trump Fills NLRB Vacancy –

President Trump has nominated attorney John Ring, a partner in the global law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Brockius, to fill the final vacant slot on the National Labor Relations Board. The opening was created by the expiration of Philip Miscimarra’s term in December and his decision not to seek reappointment. Ring, co-chairman of the…

Read More »

Individual Mandate Gone, Employer Mandate Next?

When the Tax Cut and Jobs Act was signed into law by the President just before Christmas last month, the law eliminated the individual mandate created by the Affordable Care Act. With that done, it would appear that Republicans in Congress now want to repeal the other side of the two-headed mandate monster, the employer…

Read More »

NY To Change Tax Code Post-Tax Reform Bill

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has submitted recommendations to Governor Andrew Cuomo to change the state tax code in order to minimize the impact that the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will have on wealthy New Yorkers. The TCJA caps state and local tax deductions (SALT) at $10,000 per…

Read More »

Maryland Overrides & Adopts Paid Leave

We advised as recently as last week that Maryland could be next up in mandating paid sick leave for private employees and that caution became reality last week. The Maryland state senate followed the lead of the House of Delegates and overrode the veto of Governor Larry Hogan on legislation mandating paid sick leave for…

Read More »

Know Your Enemy, ROC Enlists Hanoi Jane

The Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) were founded in 2001 by immigration attorney Saru Jayaraman along with some restaurant workers who survived the attack on the World Trade Center in New York. Ostensibly, they organized to help restaurant workers recover from the terrorist attacks and organize moving forward. They were funded by a number of foundations,…

Read More »

CFA Elects New Leadership

We want to welcome and congratulate the new officers of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations and are happy to report that the new chairman is an active member of DDIFO, franchise owner John Motta. John takes the reins from Keith Miller, a California multi-unit Subway franchisee who has guided the CFA with great skill for…

Read More »

Competitor News

We noted a number of news items about Starbucks this week and thought we’d pass some along. First, there was the report that they have partnered with Joyride Coffee Distributors to make cold brew coffee for the company using Starbucks’ beans and packaging in in kegs. Joyride delivers non-alcoholic beverage kegs to commercial locations in…

Read More »

Condolences

We offer our heartfelt condolences to DDIFO Business Member Coordinator Joan Gould on the passing of her mother Barbara (Brady) Badge earlier this week. She will be interred in St. Anthony’s Cemetery by the Sawyer-Dwyer Home after a funeral mass at St. Anthony Church in Mattapoisett.

Read More »

DOL Roller Coaster Ride

It has been quite the lengthy roller coaster ride for 4 executive nominees within the Department of Labor (DOL), a ride that began back last summer and hasn’t ended yet. Just before they were set to vote, the Senate Health Education Labor & Pensions Committee (HELP) postponed votes on four DOL nominations – Patrick Pizzella,…

Read More »

Back in Play, Again

In many ways, the validity of various federal regulations could be described as a roller coaster of sorts as well, as evidenced by action last week by the Department of Labor. Recall that during the final days of the George W. Bush administration, the Wage & Hour Division issued a number of opinion letters interpreting…

Read More »