A Potpourri of Minimum Wage Efforts

The drumbeat continues to ring out across the country with efforts ongoing to raise the minimum wage to higher levels by whatever means necessary with some, but fortunately not all of those efforts succeeding. First on the negative side of the ledger, “Raise Up Missouri” has submitted 120,000 signatures in support of a November ballot…

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National Conference Room Block Extended

For those of you who’ve procrastinated and not made your room reservations the DDIFO National Conference at Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel & Casino, we’ve been able to extend the room block cut-off for one more week until next Friday, May 18, but it cannot be extended further. We urge those planning to attend the 2018…

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DDIFO National Conference 1 Month Away

We may have extended the room block, but the DDIFO National Conference, will be here before we know it – only 1 month from today, actually – and we’ve got a great program planned. Outstanding speakers will address important and very timely issues for the attendees and we’ll wrap up the 2018 Conference with our…

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Workshop For Massachusetts Franchisees

In conjunction with our general counsel, Lisa & Sousa, LTD and Attorney Diane Saunders, DDIFO will be co-sponsoring an information workshop on a number of legal issues currently impacting Massachusetts franchisees. The event will be held at the Providence Marriott, One Orms Street in Providence, beginning at 10 AM and concluding at 1:00. You must…

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Encroachment Damage Award Tops $8 Million

A California jury finally decided damages this week in a landmark lawsuit the same jury decided in favor of the plaintiff franchisees last December – and good things are really worth the wait. The 12 men and women on the jury awarded the plaintiff franchisees $8.8 Million in damages! The husband and wife franchisee team…

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Throwing in the Towel?

Just a week or so ago, a Portland Oregon Burgerville became the first fast food restaurant to be unionized when its employees voted 18-4 in an NLRB sanctioned election to unionize and become members of the Portland chapter of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Immediately thereafter, employees of another of the Vancouver, Washington-based…

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Menu Labeling Effective Monday

It may have actually become law back in 2010 with the passage of Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act), but was never legally enforced – until now. Menu labeling enforcement becomes effective on Monday, May 7. The enforcement trigger was set to be effective one year ago, when the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) delayed it…

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EEO-1 Report Deadline Delayed

The menu labeling may not be extended again, but not so the EEO-1 annual report, as the filing deadline for the 2017 report has been extended until June 1, 2018. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) pushed the filing deadline out an extra two months back from the original March 31 date. The EEO-1 must…

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Court Tosses Salary History Ban

Although perhaps somewhat limited in its application, a federal judge in Pennsylvania has blocked the city of Philadelphia from implementing a ban on inquiries into a job applicant’s salary history. In a lawsuit brought by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, US District Court Judge Michael Goldberg gave a win to both the Chamber…

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New Jersey Does Pay Equity & Sick Leave

In the past two weeks, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed two bills into law that his predecessor, Republican Chris Christie, had held at bay for years. The Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act cleared the legislature earlier in April and Murphy, who had campaigned on the issue, made good on his promise to…

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