2015 State Minimum Wage Increases

State Minimum Wage Increases Effective December 31, 2014 New York: Currently: $8.25 per hour. Effective December 31, 2014: $8.75 per hour. West Virginia: Currently: $7.25 per hour. Effective December 31, 2014: $8.00 per hour. State Minimum Wage Increases Effective January 1, 2015 Alaska: Currently: $7.75 per hour. Effective January 1, 2015: $8.75 per hour. Arizona: Currently: $7.905 per hour.…

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Support Amending H5771 with a Two-year Extension of these Credits

We’re all familiar with the saying that the “wheels of government turn slowly” and as if to underscore the prescience of that old adage, the US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed an extension on as many as 50 tax credits that expired at the end of 2013 – but the extension is only through…

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It Works Fast When They Want, Though

As we’ve advised over the past several weeks, the battles of minimum wage increases continue in Illinois with this week seeing a win and a loss for both sides in the highly charged debate.  As a backdrop, remember that the Illinois state ballot had a non-binding question on it asking whether voters wanted to see…

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More Wage Protests

Advocates for a $15/hour minimum wage for fast-food workers (a.k.a. SEIU and other labor organizations) had scheduled more protests to take place yesterday in cities around the country.  How successful or effective they may or may not have been remains to be seen, but we certainly took note of an item this week that speaks…

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But, We’ll Save You That Money!

Yes, you read that correctly, you may be paying more in wages come 2015, but thanks to your membership in DDIFO, you can save money as well!  DDIFO is very pleased to announce that we have reached agreement with SIB Fixed Cost Reduction (SIB) to bring you their unique money saving services.  SIB reviews your…

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CFA Lobby Day Forum

Speaking of the CFA and the benefits we derive as a member organization (actually a founding member organization) reminds me that it’s not too early to begin planning to attend the CFA Day Forum in Washington DC, March 24 & 25.  The CFA Day Forum is a great opportunity for you to get to the…

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Want to Save More with the Office Depot Discount Program

And, while we’re on the subject of saving money, through the DDIFO membership in the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), we can also help you save some money on office supplies.  The CFA has entered into a partnership agreement with Office Depot and Office Max to provide members with savings between 10% and 40% on…

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FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling Rules

Earlier this week, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) published their long-awaited final regulations governing menu labeling requirements around the country.  The FDA regulations, mandated by the Affordable Care Act and available in pdf format here, require that specific caloric and other information be included on menus and menu boards for “covered food establishments”.  “Covered…

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EPA Delays Redemption Fuel Standard

Unlike the FDA, the  Environmental Protection Agency last week announced its intention to delay any decision on changes to the Redemption Fuel Standard (RFS).   The RFS is an ethanol mandate, passed in 2006, that essentially guaranteed ethanol demand by mandating certain minimums of food-to-fuel.  Specifically, the RFS program requires renewable fuel to be blended into…

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GMO Labeling in Oregon Headed to Recount

Well, now that all the votes have been counted and the results are in, the question of mandating labeling of “genetically modified organisms” (GMOs) is still not finalized in Oregon and will be the subject of an official recount, believed to be scheduled for December 12.  According to results at this point, State Ballot Measure…

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