Man Bites Dog!

Not really, but I didn’t want this item lost in the above paragraph! Maine, which raised the state minimum wage this month to $10/hour on its way to $12 by 2020, is now considering legislation, LD1757, that would drop the 2018 wage to $9.50/hour in July. The increase was mandated after a voter initiative was…

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Kentucky Judge Tosses Right to Work Suit

The on-again, off-again right-to-work law in the state of Kentucky is back in play after a state court judge tossed out the latest challenge brought by the state AFL-CIO and Teamsters Union. The law prohibits the collection of mandatory fees from non-union members under the guise of the unions representing the interests of members and…

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2018 National Conference

We are very pleased to announce that the 2018 DDIFO National Conference has been scheduled and will be held in the Big Easy – New Orleans, Louisiana – at the Harrahs New Orleans Hotel and Casino from June 10 – 12, 2018. We moved this premier event up in the calendar from its usual date…

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Say Cheese and Smile for the Camera

If you did that at Foxwoods during the DDIFO National Conference, we want to remind you that the photos from the 2017 National Conference are available on the DDIFO webpage. Anyone interested in downloading a picture, whether it be with Eric Trump, Steve Grogan or perhaps visiting with some of our exhibiting business members, you…

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Competitor News

Starbucks had a very difficult reception on Wall Street to its sales and earnings narrative released yesterday. Q1 US same store sales was plus 2, all average ticket, and zero traffic gains from last year. They repeated a now familiar story of weak afternoon and evening business, and declining foot traffic of units inside some…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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