NY Court Strikes Styrofoam Ban

Two days ago, the New York City ban on Styrofoam cups and food containers was struck down by a Manhattan Supreme Court justice.   Judge Margaret Chan rejected the contention of NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia that expanded polystyrene was not recyclable in the face of evidence to the contrary presented by plaintiffs Dart Container Corp…

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Filing Deadline for EEOC Report Extended

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has extended the filing deadline for its EEO-1 Report until October 30.  The EEO-1 report is an annual survey that is required of all private sector employers with at least 100 employees and certain other federal contractors. It is used as a tool for EEOC enforcement of its Title…

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EMV Chip-Enabled Credit Cards Deadline

Speaking of deadlines, and I realize that we reported this to you last week, but with the deadline of October 1 rapidly approaching, I thought it might be helpful to remind you again that by October 1, small and medium-sized businesses must be in compliance for accepting chip-enable credit card payments or face major legal…

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Congressional Democrats File Wage Act

A bill easing the process for workers to unionize has been filed in both the US House and Senate by Congressman Bobby Scott (D – VA 3) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) respectively.  Among its many provisions, the so-called Wage Act (Workplace Action for a Growing Economy) would strengthen existing worker protections, triple backpay penalties…

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DOL Moves Minimum Wage Up Again

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has given notice that the minimum wage required to be paid by all federal contractors to workers performing under those contracts will increase effective January 1, 2016. Notwithstanding that the minimum for these workers was increased to $10.10 per hour on January 1 of this year, it…

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Maine Governor Champions Citizen Petition

Maine Governor Paul LePage joined the Maine republican party to announce an effort to couple welfare cuts with a proposal to eliminate the state income tax in a citizen petition on the November ballot.  Maine is one of a few states that actually allow multiple topics to be included in one citizen initiative ballot petition,…

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Congratulations!

We again want to congratulate franchise owners Guido Petrosinelli and John Cadete on their induction into the DDIFO Hall of Fame at the 2015 National Conference held earlier this week in Las Vegas!  The Conference was a great success and we thank all of our Conference sponsors, panelists and presenters as well as the many…

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We’ve Moved!

We remind you that DDIFO moved into new office space on September 1.  Our phone numbers remain the same.  Please make a note of our new office address: DDIFO, Inc., 2 First Ave, Suite 127-3, Peabody, MA 01960

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EMV Chip-Enabled Credit Cards Deadline

It may have flown a little bit under the radar in light of joint-employer, ambush election and rewritten overtime regulations, but by October 1, small and medium-sized businesses must be in compliance for accepting chip-enable credit card payments or face major legal and financial peril.  It is reported that as many as 25% of small…

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Hope on the Horizon?

He’s only in single digits in current polls, but I suspect Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker hit a responsive chord with business interests this week when he advised that “the NLRB is broken beyond repair.”  In releasing “Power to the People – not the Union Bosses – Plan”, Governor Walker who is running for the Republican…

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