Spending Authorization Ready

As they rush to get to their Christmas vacation, Congress also appears set to pass the other half of the deal – an omnibus spending bill necessary to keep the government operating into the New Year.  With critical legislation such as the Omnibus Spending bill, Congress will often try to attach policy riders to piggy-back…

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Massachusetts Tip Pooling Bill Advances

The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development has reported out favorably legislation endorsed by DDIFO and pushed over the past several years.  The legislation was voted out by Committee and sent for further deliberation in both the House and Senate.  The tip pooling issue surfaced a few years ago with class action lawsuits exploiting…

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Budget Agreement Repeals Auto Enrollment

With Congress reaching agreement on a budget deal with the White House and Congressional Democrats this week, the auto enrollment provisions contained in the Affordable Care Act were officially repealed from the healthcare law.  Auto enrollment, a provision that many did not even know was in the ACA, required employers of 200 or more to…

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Fair Franchising Heard in Pennsylvania

The House Consumer Affairs Committee took public testimony this week on H.1620, fair franchising legislation currently pending in the Pennsylvania House.  DDIFO joined the Coalition of Franchisee Associations along with the SuperCuts Franchisee Association in formal testimony before the committee and urged them to pass the proposal, which was filed by the Committee’s Minority Chairman,…

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Pennsylvania to Hear Fair Franchising

HB 1620, filed in the Pennsylvania legislature by Representative Peter Dailey, a former Quiznos franchise owner, has been scheduled for a public hearing in another two weeks and we encourage as many DD franchise owners as possible to consider attending the public hearing.  The hearing will be held by the House Consumer Affairs Committee at…

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Massachusetts Hears Tip Pooling & Fair Scheduling Bills

The Massachusetts legislature next week will host a public hearing at which DDIFO will testify strongly in support on one bill and just as strongly in opposition to another.  The joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development will host the hearing beginning at 11:30 AM, at which it will take testimony on H.1704, an Act…

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Rhode Island Adds Pregnancy Protections

The Rhode Island legislature last month amended its Fair Employment Practices law to require employers to make reasonable accommodation for pregnant women and new mothers.  Under the bill, which Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law last week, employers must accommodate an employee’s or prospective employee’s pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition.  Further, the bill prohibits…

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Wisconsin Senate Repeals Prevailing Wage

Wisconsin Senate Repeals Prevailing Wage – In another blow to organized labor interests, the Wisconsin assembly joined the state senate in approving the state’s two-year budget including a proviso that repeals the state prevailing wage law.  The budget including the elimination of prevailing wage is now before Republican Governor Scott Walker, expected to announce his…

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Sick Leave Contagious

Similar to the spread of the minimum wage push, the notion of mandating that businesses offer paid sick leave to all employees continues to surface around the country.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts a few weeks ago finalized its regulations mandating up to 40 hours paid sick leave per year for all employees (of companies with…

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It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over

We’ve enjoyed following Maine Governor Paul LePage and his quest to eliminate the state income tax with a constitutional amendment.  He coupled this idea with a host of legislative initiatives, all of which are geared toward improving the economic climate in Maine.  This past week however, the legislature’s Appropriations Committee rejected a number of tax…

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