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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Only Two+ Weeks To Go

Just over two weeks until the 2018 DDIFO National Conference kicks off at Harrahs New Orleans Hotel & Casino in the Big Easy, New Orleans Louisiana – but, there’s still time for new attendees to register. We’ll open this year’s event on Monday, June 11 at 11:00 AM with The Phantom Gourmet, and follow up…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin’ Brands recently announced the appointment of Drayton Martin to the position of Vice President for Brand Stewardship. Martin, who comes to Dunkin’ from MullenLowe and brings more than 20 years of marketing and advertising experience, will report to CMO Tony Weisman, Dunkin’ Donuts US. Elsewhere, Dunkin’ Brands alum and former President of Dunkin’ Brands…

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Competitor News

Peet’s Coffee has relaunched its loyalty rewards program, Peetniks Rewards, and claims growth over the past six months of 350%. In doing so, the company is said to have won the 2018 Paytronix Loyaltee Award for Best Loyalty Restaurant Launch. There might be a catch however in that Peet’s moved its rewards program to the…

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Return of the Micro-Union

They were thought to be a thing of the past once the NLRB overturned its own 2011 Specialty Hardware decision back in December, but now micro-unions seem to be back in play. A decision by an NLRB regional office allowed a subgroup of about 100 welders within an aircraft engine manufacturing company was allowed to…

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ICE Workplace Enforcement Doubles

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has already doubled the amount of ongoing worksite cases this fiscal year (October through May 4) compared to all of FY17! ICE enforces the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, which requires employers to verify the identity and work eligibility of all individuals they hire. Thus far…

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DOL Apprenticeship Task Force Concludes

The Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, created by President Trump under the leadership of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, finished its work last week and issued its final report to the President. Almost one year after the group was created by executive order, they identified a number of hurdles to creating the new industry-led apprenticeship programs,…

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