California Teachers Challenge Union Dues Requirement

SCOTUS, the Supreme Court of the United States, has granted a petition and will hear a case brought by Rebecca Friedrichs and nine other California Teachers challenging the requirement that they pay the equivalent of full union dues in order to retain their position as public teachers.  The non-profit law firm, Center for Individual Rights,…

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Wisconsin Senate Repeals Prevailing Wage

Wisconsin Senate Repeals Prevailing Wage – In another blow to organized labor interests, the Wisconsin assembly joined the state senate in approving the state’s two-year budget including a proviso that repeals the state prevailing wage law.  The budget including the elimination of prevailing wage is now before Republican Governor Scott Walker, expected to announce his…

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More Minimum Wage Machinations

It seems to be the issue that gives us more and more fodder each week and this week is no exception to highlight minimum wage issues.  First off, there is still a great deal of activity in Missouri over the question as municipalities scramble to try and beat the August 28 effective date of a…

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Who Pays Minimum Wage Increase?

It’s often debated where the funds for increases in minimum wages will come from – advocates say that business can absorb it in their bottom line, while business explains they will likely have to increase prices.  Well, Starbucks gave their answer with the announcement this week that their prices increased approximately 1% around the country,…

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2015 National Conference

Once again, we advise you that registration for the 2015 DDIFO National Conference at Caesar’s Palace in the heart of the Las Vegas strip is now open and members are encouraged to register early to take advantage of our early bird registration discount, which will expire on July 31.  You can visit the DDIFO National…

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Dunkin’ Tops Starbucks in 2015 ACSI

In the annual American Consumer Satisfaction Index, released this week, Dunkin’ Donuts tied for fifth place among America’s favorite fast food restaurants.  Scoring a healthy 78 out of 100 in the index, Dunkin’ was tied with pizza restaurants Papa John’s and Pizza Hut.  Chick-fil-A topped the index with 86, while Starbucks was 10th at 74. …

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Labor Doubles Overtime Threshold

The US Department of Labor (DOL) issued its proposed regulation regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime exemption and the net effect of the change doubles the amount of money used as the threshold.  Since 2004, when the overtime exemption was last revised, the salary requirement was set at $23,660 or $455/week, however under the…

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Obamacare Confirmed, Restaurant Industry Wants Changes

In the wake of the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision ratifying the Affordable Care Act as constitutional, the National Restaurant Association, National Council of Chain Restaurants and a host of other industry groups advocate that Congress change the law to make it more workable for all affected industries.   Although most of these groups have opposed the ACA…

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Fair Franchising Advances

Earlier this week, the Senate Business & Professions Committee gave its approval to AB-525, the California Franchise Relations Act.  As we’ve told you in past issues, the bill has been refined further this legislative session to eliminate concerns that Governor Jerry Brown expressed last year when he vetoed the bill at the 11th hour.  His…

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New York City Styrofoam Ban Takes Effect

When the calendar turned to July this week, it marked the end of polystyrene food containers in New York City, including Dunkin’s iconic foam coffee cups.  Although the ban formally took effect on the first of this month, there is a 6 month grace period for the phasing out of all foam food containers meaning…

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