Seattle Approves $15/Hour Minimum

As expected, the Seattle City Council this week voted to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour on a phased in schedule.  By a vote of 9 – 0, the Council approved an amended version of the proposal pushed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the $15 Now organization.  The ordinance requires those companies…

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Where will $15/hour Be Proposed Next?

As we’ve said in the past, legislators and elected officials talk with each other all the time and compare notes, if you will, on what issues may or may not have worked in advancing a given agenda.  In that same vein, you can be assured that a $15/hour minimum wage will soon be proposed for…

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Massachusetts Bill Would Prohibit Social Media Inquiries

More along the lines of restricting employers’ abilities to learn as much about their job applicants as they may deem appropriate, a proposal passed in the Massachusetts state Senate as an amendment to the state budget would prohibit an employer from asking for access to an employee or applicant’s social media pages.  The issue had…

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Smucker Raises Coffee Prices

J.M. Smucker this week announced that their list prices for packaged coffee products would rise by an average of 9% as a result of increased green coffee costs.  It is the company’s first increase in coffee prices since May, 2011 and will only affect coffee products in the supermarket channel.  K-cup prices have not yet…

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2014 National Conference In Las Vegas

We were out in Las Vegas this week for a number of planning meetings with personnel from Caesar’s Entertainment working on DDIFO’s 25th Anniversary National Conference.  As you know, the Conference will be at the beautiful Rio Hotel in Las Vegas from Monday, October 20 through Wednesday, October 22 and we’re excited about the program…

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Employment Law – What You Don’t Know Can Cost You!

Next Thursday, June 12, DDIFO will sponsor a Member Meeting on recent developments in employment law at the Heritage Hotel in Southbury, Connecticut.  The program will begin at 1PM and conclude with hors d’ouevres and cocktails from 5:00 – 6:00 PM.  Featured presenters include Murtha Cullina Partner Attorney Hugh Murray along with Attorneys Jennifer Corvo…

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One Week Left for Settlement Filings on Flat Panel Screens

As we advised last week, next Friday, June 6, will be the last date for members to file a claim in the $1.8 billion class action settlement regarding Flat Screen PCs, Laptops, POS Systems, Security Monitors and TVs.  Go to the DDIFO CAR web page to initiate your claim with Class Action Refund.

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City Council Committee Approves Seattle $15/Hour Minimum

In what was described as a boisterous meeting, a Seattle City Council committee yesterday unanimously approved a proposed ordinance creating a minimum wage within the city of Seattle of $15/hour.  The proposed ordinance is scheduled to be voted on by the full Seattle City Council on Monday.  Despite the recommendations of the advisory committee that…

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Go West, Dunkin’, Go West

A noted California-based brand expert has come out with a very favorable outlook on Dunkin’ Donuts’ ongoing westward expansion, identifying a number of factors which she believes all point to strong growth potential for Dunkin’ in the Golden State.  Denise Lee Yohn, brand expert and author of “What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles…

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Looking For Input on Intelligent Safes

Crane Payment Innovations, the manufacturers of the Bill Validation and Counterfeit Detection Systems found in all Smart Safes in North America, has reached out to DDIFO looking for direct input from our franchise owners on improving the functionality of Smart Safe technology.  More specifically, they want to hear from franchisees who’ve adopted Smart Safes in…

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