Sick Leave Rule for Government Contractors Finalized

There may be only 174 days left to the Obama administration, but his penchant for ruling by Executive Order continues to impact businesses.  Executive Order 13706 requires federal contractors to offer their employees up to 7 days of paid sick leave per year on the basis of one hour earned for every 30 hours worked. …

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Medical Marijuana Use in O-high-O

Earlier this summer, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a medical marijuana bill into law, but unlike some other states, it provides significant protection for Ohio employers.  The law, which goes into effect on September 8, 2016, will permit eligible individuals (with specific health conditions) to receive authorization from their healthcare provider to use certain forms…

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Baltimore Exempts Small Business From Minimum Wage

She has said she won’t budge on a $15 per hour minimum wage bill she’s sponsored in Baltimore, so Councilwoman Mary Pat Clark introduced an amendment last week to exempt all businesses with 50 or fewer employees or less than $500,000 in gross annual revenue from the mandate.  Ostensibly, she is looking for a way…

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Minnesota Wages Rise on August 1

Although most of the states’ automatic minimum wage increases are effective on the first day of either January or July every year, there are exceptions and Minnesota is one of them.  The Gopher State has a two-tiered minimum wage, with the tier determined by the annual sales of a business.  Effective Monday, August 1, the…

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Colorado & Washington Voters To Decide Wages

It is now official, voters in two more states will be asked this fall whether their minimum wages should be increased.  This past Monday, advocates in Colorado submitted over 200,000 signatures, more than double the required 98,492, to place the question of mandating an increase in the state minimum wage on the November ballot.  The…

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Massachusetts Sends Pay Equity to Governor

The Massachusetts Legislature unanimously approved a pay equity bill at a rare Saturday session last week and sent it to Governor Charlie Baker for his approval.  If approved by the Governor – a sure bet, given the unanimous legislative vote in both branches, it will become the first pay equity law in the nation that…

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“We Do Everything So Well, Why Not Health Insurance?”

Well, to be honest, we all knew it would come to this at some point, didn’t we?  New Jersey Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, a democratic lawmaker from Trenton who is currently a Deputy Majority Leader in the NJ Assembly is proposing that the state of New Jersey operate a health insurance system to compete with private…

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Miscellaneous

It can’t be the weather this time, but same store sales across the broader restaurant industry were flat during the month of June according to the latest Miller Pulse survey, released just last week.  The survey showed traffic had fallen across the board: quick service was off 1.3 percent for the month, while casual-dining dropped…

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Miscellaneous

So, for those who are caught up in the new Pokémon Go fad, McDonalds is making a major move by partnering with the game developer, Niantic, to make all McDonalds store in Japan a PokéStop.  A PokéStop is a location where players can have the Pokémon they have already captured battle each other.  The game,…

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From the Executive Director

Since joining DDIFO, I’ve encouraged many to join and strengthen the organization even as they strengthen their own prospects for success. Thankfully, many of them have. Others didn’t recognize the need for an independent franchisee association, telling me, “Relations with the brand are good,” or “We don’t need insurance from the brand.” I’ve preached that…

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