Early-Bird Extended for 2015 National Conference

For the few of you who may be procrastinating, DDIFO has extended its early-bird discount registration for the 2015 DDIFO National Conference until August 15.  The conference, which will include a host of exceptional presentations as well as the annual Hall of Fame induction gala is being held on September 21 and 22 at Caesars…

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Attorney Bob Zarco To Address 2015 National Conference

We’re thrilled to announce that attorney Robert Zarco, a leading national franchise attorney and founding partner of the law firm Zarco Einhorn Salkowski Brito will be one of the many top notch presenters at the 2015 DDIFO National Conference.  A dynamic and engaging speaker, Attorney Zarco will address the joint-employer ruling in detail as well…

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Colorado Roundtable on NLRB Excesses

Through the efforts of the Coalition to Save Local Businesses, which was begun in the wake of the egregious NLRB joint-employer ruling, we a grassroots roundtable is scheduled for next Monday afternoon, July 2,0 on the importance of preserving the joint employer standard with Jorge Delgado, State Director for first-term Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado. …

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NLRB Broadens Its Reach

In one of its more recent rulings, a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board found against an employer (Boch Imports, Inc.) who maintained employee handbook provisions the NLRB said were too broad. The case, which was initially filed in 2012, centered on the employer’s dress code, which prohibited employees from wearing any pins,…

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Upcoming Events

Plans are finalized for our June 11 Members meeting in Saco, Maine.  We are thrilled that name partner Peter Bennett of the Bennett Law Firm with offices in Portland and Boston will present on the plethora of NLRB rulings and revisions that can directly – and negatively – impact your business operation.  The meeting will…

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NLRB Grilled by Congress on Call For Briefs

We reported at the end of last month that the NLRB had issued a call for briefs to essentially challenge the validity of right-to-work laws currently in place in literally half of the states in the union.  Last week, the US Senate got into the act by grilling the NLRB leadership in a Senate Health,…

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NLRB Advises Freshii is Not “Joint-Employer”

In what may represent some refinement in their recent advisory regarding “joint-employers”, the NLRB recently issued a ruling declaring that restaurant franchise Freshii does not qualify as a “joint-employer” in a case involving alleged retaliation by a Freshii franchisee against employees involved in unionizing activities.  Essentially, the NLRB ruled that Freshii “control” over its franchisee’s…

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Unions File 141 Ambush Elections Under New Rules

It certainly didn’t take long for the true impact of the NLRB new “ambush election” rule to be felt across the country.  In a supplemental brief filed by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Texas in their legal challenge to the “ambush” rule, they report that just since the rule became effective on April 14…

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Albuquerque Becomes First To Adopt Pay Equity Law

It may very well be the new front in the “Politics of Envy” War being waged across the country, but the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico just catapulted itself into a leading role.  Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry this week hailed the City Council passage of an equal pay ordinance that gives a 5% weighted advantage…

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Upcoming Events

We have two meetings that members will want to attend before summer arrives – the first will be held at the Holiday Inn, Boardman, Ohio on May 21.  Registration for this meeting, which will feature franchisee attorney Pete Silverman, a partner with the firm Shulman, Loop & Kendrick in Toledo, Ohio, is now available on…

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