DOL Issues Still in the News

They may not be garnering as much interest as who’s using which bathroom, but a couple of noted controversial rulings by the Department of Labor continue to be very much in the forefront.  On the somewhat positive side of the ledger, DOL’s new overtime threshold, which had previously been projected to equate to $50,440 is…

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Christie Vetoes Equal Pay Bill in NJ

Last week, we advised that the US Senate had blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would provide many more opportunities to sue employers.  This week, we can advise you that this past Monday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a similar bill (S.992) at the state level.  Primarily, he objected to a particular provision…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Soon enough, you’ll be able to enjoy a cool (or hot!) Dunkin’ beverage after ‘hanging ten’ off the beach at Waikiki as Dunkin announced a development agreement for some 15 new stores to be developed on 4 of the Hawaiian Islands Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii.  The first of the new…

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Miscellaneous

According to the latest People Report Workforce Index, released last week, efforts to recruit qualified employees by the quick-service industry are facing the worst challenges in the 10 year history of the report.  The Workforce Index, now a division of TDn2K, surveys restaurant HR professionals and recruiters to measure market pressure on restaurant employment.  Every…

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Massachusetts Tax Amnesty

For those of you who pay taxes in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Bay State’s 2016 tax amnesty program is in full swing for another couple of weeks.  The program provides an opportunity for those businesses and individuals who have not filed all returns they were required to or those who may have understated the…

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Competitor News

The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected the argument of Krispy Kreme that sales in the Show Me state should be taxed at the 1% rate that applies to grocery stores rather than the 4% tax assessed on sales at restaurants.  In pressing its case, the North Carolina-based chain put out a detailed study on bakery/doughnut…

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