Local Right-to-Work Laws Upheld in Kentucky

There are currently 26 states (more than half the country) that have enacted right-to-work laws – prohibiting non-union members from being forced to pay union dues against their will – but Kentucky is not one of them.  And, with the Kentucky House controlled by pro-union democratic representatives, the votes were not there to enact right-to-work…

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Medical Marijuana Use in O-high-O

Earlier this summer, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a medical marijuana bill into law, but unlike some other states, it provides significant protection for Ohio employers.  The law, which goes into effect on September 8, 2016, will permit eligible individuals (with specific health conditions) to receive authorization from their healthcare provider to use certain forms…

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Ohio AG Rules Against Local Wage Minimums

In a ruling issued a week ago, Ohio Attorney General Michael DeWine has issued an opinion invalidating any locally mandated minimum wages in the Buckeye State.  Ostensibly, the question arose as a result of the ongoing effort in Cleveland to establish its own minimum wage beyond the state minimum of $8.10 per hour.  That rate…

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Ohio Reps File $2 Minimum Wage Hike

With Ohio Governor John Kasich’s presidential campaign still alive after he won the Buckeye State republican primary this week, could Ohio legislators be looking at slipping a minimum wage increase through while he’s not looking?  Columbus Representative Hearcel Craig along with Representative Kent Smith of Euclid filed a bill last week that would increase the…

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Ohio Bill Seeks To Ease Employment Discrimination Law

The Ohio legislature is considering a proposal that would clean up and simplify Ohio employment discrimination law.  If passed and signed into law by Governor (and presidential candidate) John Kasich, Senate 268 would reduce the timeframe within which employment discrimination claims would need to be filed from the current 6 year period to one year,…

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Competitor News

Tim Horton’s plan for growing more quickly in the US would seem to be centered in central Ohio as the Canadian coffee and donuts chain last week announced a second development agreement for new stores over the next six years.  Reports do not specify the number of stores to be developed, only that “aggressive development…

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And Then, There’s The Heartland

The minimum wage issue surfaced in both Ohio and Idaho this past week, but in far less extremes than on either coast.  Voters in the small resort town of McCall, Idaho rejected a ballot question increasing the minimum wage to $10.25 an hour.  Although a small town, the McCall vote was perceived as an important…

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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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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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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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