States Still Looking To Hike Minimums

Concerted efforts to increase minimum wages across the country began with President Obama’s call for a national minimum wage of $9.00 in his 2013 State of the Union message but 5 plus years later, the mantra for still more increases continues in many states. Democratic lawmakers in Ohio are currently pushing legislation that would increase…

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Washington “Bans the Box”

The state of Washington became the latest to outlaw prospective employers from inquiring about the criminal history of job applicants until they have been determined eligible for the job. Governor Jay Inslee (D) signed House bill 1298, also known as the Fair Chance Act into law last week, just days after the legislature adjourned for…

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State Preemptions

As more municipalities get involved in mandating what have historically fallen within the purview of the state or federal government, the notion of passing state preemptions becomes more important. On the matter of salary history bans, the state of Michigan recently took precisely that action, sending Senate bill 353 to Governor Rick Snyder for his…

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CFA Day Scheduled for May 9

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) 2018 CFA Day in Washington, DC will be held on May 9. This annual CFA event is a golden opportunity to unite with franchisees from 17 different brands in various industries from across the United States to learn about pressing legislative issues and advocate for franchisee issues before members…

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Miscellaneous

Small business confidence continues to build according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) as their monthly optimism index for February rose to a total score of 107.6, one of the highest ever. Respondents’ confidence was up across all of the 10 categories that the survey measures, with the one significant red flag being…

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DDIFO Finalizes National Conference in New Orleans

We had to revisit a few items before we could confirm it, but it is now official that the 2018 DDIFO National Conference will be held in New Orleans on Monday and Tuesday, June 11 & 12 at the Harrahs New Orleans Hotel and Casino. Registration is now open for Franchisees. The DDIFO room block…

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Gingrich and Puzder on Tax Reform

DDIFO is pleased to extend an invitation to our subscribers to participate in an exclusive industry-only conference call hosted by former Speaker of the US House Newt Gingrich and former CEO of CKE Restaurants Andy Puzder, next Monday, March 19 beginning at 7:00 PM EST. Speaker Gingrich and Mr. Puzder will spend 30 minutes discussing…

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HELP Delays Ring Vote, Then Approves

It was starting to feel like the confirmation that wasn’t, but at long last, the US Senate Committee on Health Education Labor & Pensions (HELP) has finally approved the nomination of NLRB member nominee John Ring and sent it to the full Senate. Over the past week, the announced vote on President Trump’s latest NLRB…

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IRS Lowers Family HSAs Limit

Our friends at SESCO Management Consultants advise us that the IRS has lowered the 2018 Family contribution limit on Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to $6,850 from the previously announced limit of $6,900. The new lower contribution limit was recalculated to factor in the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law back…

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SBA Regulatory Reform Schedule

The latest series of Small Business Administration (SBA) Regulatory Reform hearings wraps up next week with three more public hearings looking to identify and eliminate regulatory burdens on small businesses. A hearing will be held in Milwaukee, WI beginning at 8:30 this morning at Schlitz Park, 1555 N Rivercenter Dr, Conference Room 3, Milwaukee (Milwaukee…

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