DDIFO Member Meetings

We will begin our series of member meetings for 2016 next month with our first meeting scheduled for February 24 at the Tampa Airport Marriott, followed by our Northeast Regional meeting the following week on March 1.  We’re still finalizing the program content for both, but are excited about adding some new twists to our…

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States Look to Restrict Joint-Employer

One approach to clarifying the issue and clearing up any confusion it may have caused is legislation at the individual state level that unmistakably defines who is and is not a joint employer.  As we’ve advised in past issues, 3 states (Tennessee, Louisiana & Texas) had passed into law clarifying legislation that effectively exempts franchising…

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Florida Governor Pushing Tax Cuts Too

Florida Governor Rick Scott is looking to push through additional tax cuts for businesses in the Sunshine State as well.  Scott has long let it be known that he wants additional cuts made to state taxes and has even filed legislation to do away with the state income tax.  Now, he’s proposed a broad array…

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Miscellaneous

Last week, the US Census Bureau issued its annual report on population estimates and trends from July, 2014 to July 2015.  According to the report, the US population increased by 0.79 percent to 321.4 million people (that’s a lot of coffee!). North Dakota (+2.3%) was the fastest-growing state for the fourth consecutive year, while the…

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Still Higher Minimum Wage Mandates

Since the $15/hour minimum wage mantra first rang out from Seattle, we have heard a fairly steady drumbeat advocating that communities set it as the new norm.  Over time, the effort has succeeded in a number of areas.  Just this week, Walmart, long a target for the $15/hour activists, announced that the company will be…

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Minimum Wage Issues Still Percolating

Minimum wage initiatives, another issue that was initially surfaced by President Obama, continue to make headlines in states and cities across the country.  Just this past week, the Urban County Council for Lexington, Kentucky voted to raise the minimum wage in the city from the current federal floor of $7.25/hour to a minimum of $10.10,…

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Hurricanes Aren’t the Only Things Brewing in the Outer Banks

Some people will do just about anything to get their morning cup of Dunkin’ Donuts brew. Gregory Nigro opened his own shop. And not in an easy location: he opened his Dunkin’ in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a place known for being buffeted by hurricanes, nor’easters and other foul weather that can make…

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Kentucky Could Be #26

Exactly one half of all states in the country, 25 states, are officially “right-to-work” states and now, the odds are that Kentucky could become #26 with last week’s election of right-to-work supporter Matt Bevin as Kentucky Governor.  Bevin ran on a platform that staunchly supported enacting right to work laws in Kentucky.  “Right-to-work” laws allow…

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Minimum Wages Cutting Both Ways

In Kansas City, the city council approved a city minimum wage, notwithstanding the general assembly passing a ban on local minimum wages.  The statewide bill is still in limbo however, as it was vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon earlier this month.  The General Assembly is expected to take a vote on overriding his veto in…

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Louisiana Clarifies Joint-Employer Definition

At least in the Pelican State, an employee of the franchise owner will be an employee of the franchise owner – and not of the franchisor!  The Louisiana legislature last week passed HB 464 and sent the bill to Governor Bobby Jindal for his approval.  Jindal, who is contemplating a run for the GOP Presidential…

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