Only Days Away

The DDIFO Northeast Regional Meeting, with expert presentations on Keeping Your Business Free of Sexual Harassment and Tax Cuts & Jobs Act – Highlights and Planning Opportunities will take place next Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel. These two most timely and informative presentations will feature experts in their respective areas: Lauren…

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Restaurant Sales & Profit

Miller Pulse released their February restaurant sales and profit tracking report earlier this week. According to the report, QSR segment same store sales rose .6% in February versus one year earlier, with average ticket up 2.8% and traffic down 2.2%. The two year trend was weaker in February than January, which signaled a more difficult…

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Competitor News

Thursday’s Wall Street Journal had a rare interview with the JAB executives. JAB is the centuries old London based family office and private equity firm that has gotten deep into the US consumer space, especially coffee, since 2012. The interview yields a number of helpful insights into the company and its philosophy with one especially…

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Joint-Employer at Forefront Again

Earlier this week the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reversed an earlier decision and reinstated the expanded Obama-era definition of joint employer. Prompted by a report from the NLRB Office of the Inspector General that found one of the members, William Emanuel, should not have participated in the decision, the 3 remaining members voted unanimously…

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HELP Hearing on Ring Nomination

Scheduled to occur weeks ago, the Senate Health Education Labor & Pensions Committee (HELP) finally held its confirmation hearing on Trump NLRB-nominee attorney John Ring. Ring was nominated to fill the final vacant seat on the five-member Board by President Trump back in January and was scheduled for a confirmation hearing last month. That hearing…

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SCOTUS Hears Right To Work Case

Oral arguments were presented earlier this week before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in the case of Janus v. AFSCME, considered one of the most significant challenges to organized labor in recent years. The issue goes to the heart of the political strength of public employee unions by challenging laws requiring payment…

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ACA Affordability is Moving Target

We were reminded by our friends at Sesco Management that the definition of affordable health care plans under the Affordable Care Act is inflation-adjusted and we’re thankful for the heads-up. Under Obamacare, employer-sponsored coverage for plan years beginning in 2018 is considered affordable if an employee’s required contribution for self-only coverage does not exceed 9.56%…

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More Minimum Wage Mischief

Technically, the Fight for $15 began at the start of this decade with President Obama pushing an increase in the federal minimum wage in his 2010 State of the Union address, but the effort continues at full speed in state houses and town halls across the country. In North Dakota, advocates are planning to put…

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Ohio Cuts Workers Compensation Premiums

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) has approved a reduction in private employer insurance premiums of 12% to be effective July 1, 2018. During its deliberations, the BWC determined that the reduction would save Ohio businesses as much as $163.5 million. Further, BWC cited a number of factors that played into the reduction, chief…

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Indiana Studying Voluntary Paid Leave

It may be a novel approach in these days of government mandates for everything, but an Indiana state senator is asking the Indiana Legislature to create a study committee to specifically consider the benefits of a voluntary paid family and medical leave program. We saw with minimum wages, many companies voluntarily increased the minimums paid…

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