Right to Work, The Next Level

Last week, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill that would decertify public service unions whose dues-paying membership falls below 50%. Exempting unions that represent police officers, prison guards and firefighter, the bill (HB25) would cover all other public employee unions. The bill is considered a long shot to become law, especially in the…

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Soda Tax Stories

The soda tax, one of the more recent schemes to extract money from the public is headed for two court appearances, one in California and the other in Pennsylvania, while the Philadelphia tax generated over $13 million less than projected for the year. At the end of the calendar year, the city of Philadelphia actually…

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Northeast Regional Member Meeting

The annual Northeast Regional Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham Massachusetts. The complete program is being finalized now and will begin at 11AM and conclude at 3:00 PM at the latest. So plan now to attend and watch for more details coming out over the…

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Competitor News

Starbucks has announced that it is joining with Chase Bank and VISA to offer co-branded credit cards this month and also announced that it will launch a stored-value card by as early as April of this year. CEO Kevin Johnson made the announcement last week during his Q1 earnings call. The company hopes the new…

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Miscellaneous

McDonalds reported healthy same store sales for its 4th quarter with US store SSS coming in at +4.5%, yielding a total increase in US SSS of 5.3% for all of calendar 2017. The Golden Arches credited their less expensive value menu (in particular, the McPick 2 platform) for much of the improvement. The irony, of…

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2018 National Conference

We’ve had a few requests for us to clarify and confirm the dates for the 2018 DDIFO National Conference, so we’ll restate that it will be held in the Big Easy – New Orleans, Louisiana – at the Harrahs New Orleans Hotel and Casino from June 10 – 12, 2018. We’re busy pulling all the…

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Newsworthy NLRB

We realize we have been reporting quite regularly on the National Labor Relations Board lately, but the agency continues to generate news of import to small businesses – and this week is no exception. The agency is pursuing settlement of the high profile lawsuit it initiated against McDonalds back in 2015 over the joint-employer allegation.…

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Tip Pool Rule Comments

Those interested in the Department of Labor’s proposed new rule governing tip pooling have just over one more week to submit comments to DOL. The comment period, originally set to expire on January 3, was extended for another month and now expires one week from next Monday, on February 5, 2018. The changes overturn the…

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IRS Issues New Withholding Tables

In the wake of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act being signed into law by President Trump just before Christmas, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recalculated the amounts that employers should withhold from employee paychecks for tax obligations. The IRS guidance on the new withholdings was issued the week before last and employers should use…

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Minimum Wages on Tap Again

Notwithstanding that a number of companies have announced bonus payments and increased minimum wages as a result of the aforementioned Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, there are a host of minimum wage bills being proposed in different and states. First, the Cleveland City Council approved public service contracts with a minimum wage of $15/hour for…

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