Connecticut Tightens Controls on Employers

Our friends at the Bennett Law Firm in Portland and Boston (and also our speakers at yesterday’s Maine District Meeting) reminded us that a few weeks back, Connecticut implemented a new law further restricting employers as relates social media.  Governor Daniel Malloy signed a law that prohibits an employer from requesting that an applicant or…

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Maine Legislature Blocks Governor’s Tax Repeal

The Maine legislature succeeded at last this week in thwarting Governor Paul LePage and his effort to repeal the state income tax.  LePage has been pushing for a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the income tax (put in place in 1967) and replace its funding with increases to the state sales tax.  The Maine Senate…

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Earned Sick Leave Arrives in Massachusetts

And, it becomes effective July 1, with a deferred effective date for select employers.  The state’s Attorney General Maura Healey has offered a safe harbor for an additional six months to employers who had a paid sick leave policy of at least 30 hours per year in place by May 1, 2015.  The Attorney General…

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Hall of Fame Nominations

The Hall of Fame nomination form for 2015 induction into the DDIFO Hall of Fame is available on the DDIFO website.  Nominations will be accepted until the close of business next Monday, June 15, so you must submit your nomination this weekend for it to be considered.  Please review the eligibility criteria, complete the nomination…

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National Conference

Members are reminded to mark their calendars now for the 2015 DDIFO National Conference being held at Caesar’s Palace in the heart of the Las Vegas strip on September 21 and 22.  Program details are being finalized and will be available within the next week or so, but make your plans now!

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When It Rains, It Pours

Problems for McDonald’s just seem to continue as the regular franchisees survey came out last week – and franchisees for the golden arches are still quite unhappy with the brand.  Same store sales dropped again for the company in the latest quarterly report and franchisee outlook is the lowest it has been in the eleven…

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Back To School

Chipotle announced this week that they are expanding their existing tuition reimbursement benefit for employees to those in their part-time ranks.  The company hopes extending the benefit, which previously was only available to full-time employees, will lead to more workers considering full-time careers within the Mexican restaurant chain.

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Los Angeles Wage Law Closer To Reality

The Los Angeles City Council gave its final approval this week to an ordinance mandating a $15/hour minimum wage by 2020, but held back on some of the more controversial provisions they had been considering.  Unbelievably, the Council is still deliberating whether to adopt an amendment exempting certain unions that may have negotiated lower pay…

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Sure It Costs Jobs, But . . .

In a rare moment of candor, one of the labor unions strongly supporting initiatives around the country to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour admitted that it will cost the country jobs, but still supports it anyway.  Watchdog.com reported this week that IBEW Local 570 in Tucson, AR admitted in a host of tweets on…

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It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over

We’ve enjoyed following Maine Governor Paul LePage and his quest to eliminate the state income tax with a constitutional amendment.  He coupled this idea with a host of legislative initiatives, all of which are geared toward improving the economic climate in Maine.  This past week however, the legislature’s Appropriations Committee rejected a number of tax…

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