Upcoming Events

DDIFO has confirmed our next few member meetings, taking us into the summer months.  Members in Ohio, Pennsylvania and surrounding environs will want to mark their calendars for May 21, when we will present “New NLRB Rules and Their Impact on Franchisees!” at the Holiday Inn in Boardman, Ohio.  The meeting will begin with our…

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At the State Level

As legislative sessions begin to get more involved, we’re seeing more action now in state houses across the country.  The Maine legislature recently hosted a packed public hearing at which they took testimony on a number of different proposals to increase the minimum wage by various amounts.  Negotiations are now underway to find a suitable…

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Obama Slams Wisconsin’s Walker for Signing Right To Work Law

Just days after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed his state up as the 25th in the nation with a Right-To-Work law on the books, lame-duck President Barack Obama attacked the likely candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination in a statement released Monday by the White House.  In part, Obama professed his deep disappointment that…

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Wisconsin’s Governor Walker Signs Right to Work Law

It was not the least bit surprising when Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker this week signed into law Right to Work legislation making Wisconsin the 25th state to enact right-to-work laws. The law makes it illegal to require the payment of union dues as a requirement of employment.  Walker, a likely GOP presidential candidate for the…

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Then Labor Sues Him Over It

Just days after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the new Wisconsin new Right to Work legislation into law, organized labor expressed their strong disapproval by filing suit challenging the new law as an unconstitutional transfer of property in that unions would still be required under federal law to provide services to employees who choose not…

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What’s Brewing: Fair Franchising, Obamacare, Wage Hikes, Labor Pains

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners looking for some basic protections for their businesses may soon have legislation to rally around in a number of states across the country. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania and California, among other states, are poised to take up the fair-franchising cause as spring legislative seasons kick into gear. While the bills vary in…

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Right To Work Goes Before Assembly in Wisconsin

The proposed Right to Work bill that was passed last week by the state senate, was on yesterday’s agenda for the Wisconsin Assembly.  The branch is overwhelmingly republican controlled, so it is expected to pass and be sent to Governor Scott Walker, who has advised that he will sign it into law.  Walker came out…

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Right To Work Advances in Wisconsin

A proposed Right To Work law in the Wisconsin legislature passed the Senate on a 17 – 15 vote and was sent to the Assembly for its deliberation.  The Right to Work bill, which is expected to pass the Assembly and will be signed by Governor Scott Walker, prohibits any employer from requiring the payment…

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GMO Labeling Is On Tap in Minnesota

It’s on the books in Vermont (but the subject of pending litigation) and Connecticut and Maine have authorized it if neighboring states require it, but now the state of Minnesota has positioned itself as the first state outside New England to consider legislation mandating the labeling of all food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The…

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Paid Sick Leave Spreading Like the Flu

It began back in 2006 when San Francisco mandated paid sick leave for every worker in the city at a rate of 1 hour paid leave earned for every 30 hours worked.  It was followed by Washington, DC and Milwaukee just 2 years later.  (The Milwaukee law was never implemented and after Wisconsin Governor Scott…

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