I-9 And Immigration Fines Increased

The Department of Labor hasn’t only been focused on the FLSA either.  Along with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, DOL increased the fines accessed on employers for immigration-related violations, including unfair employment or discrimination practices, violations of the H-1B or H-2B programs as well as Form I-9 and E-Verify Violations.  The increased fines…

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IRS Targeting Family Gifts and Bequests

You didn’t think we could provide all these updates on federal agencies increasing fines and tightening restrictions on businesses without mentioning the Internal Revenue Service, did you?  We were advised by DDIFO Business Member Cynthia A. Capobianco, CPA that the Treasury Department released proposed regulations earlier this month to dramatically restrict tax options regarding family…

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ACA Losing Insurers

It was just doom and gloom predictions from the naysayers back in 2010 when the ObamaCare mandate was jammed down the collective throat of the American public, but now it seems those naysayers are being vindicated.  When the health care mandate was first put in place, many cautioned that insurance companies “encouraged” to sell on…

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Court Clears Suit vs. Restaurants’ ACA Surcharge

There was more bad news regarding the ACA this week out of California as a Los Angeles court allowed a price-fixing case to proceed against a number of restaurants.  The businesses decided back in 2014 to impose a 3% surcharge on meal prices to cover their increased costs under ObamaCare.  Last September, a class action…

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Baltimore Sends Minimum Wage Back, For Now

Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young prevailed last week in a political battle with Councilor Mary Pat Clark as her proposal to increase the minimum wage within the city to $15/hour by 2022 was sent back to committee for more deliberation.  Young has gone on record as supporting an increase to as much as…

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Court Blocks Right-To-Work

Last week, a West Virginia Circuit Court judge granted a preliminary injunction to the West Virginia AFL-CIO and 11 other labor unions in the Mountain State preventing its right-to-work law from taking effect.  As justification for her decision, Judge Jennifer Bailey pointed to the fact that the state law provides for criminal charges and civil…

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Hall of Fame Nominations Close Thursday

Nominations for the 2016 Class of Inductees to the DDIFO Hall of Fame must be received by the end of the day next Thursday, August 25 to be considered by the selection committee.  The nominees selected will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Awards Gala held in conjunction with the DDIFO…

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Competitor News

It’s baaaaack, or so it will be.  Krispy Kreme announced it will return to the Chicago market in November with the opening of a new-designed store in the Chicago suburb of Homewood.  Krispy Kreme, which hasn’t been in the Chicago area for at least the past seven years, plans two more stores next year. Their…

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Seattle Unveils Secured Scheduling Details

It isn’t law yet, but it is getting closer.  Two Seattle City Councilors along with the Mayor’s Office early this week presented the painful details of the so-called “secured scheduling ordinance” they are pushing.  If passed into law, the proposal will require that employers give workers 14 days advance notice of their work schedule and…

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Baltimore Moves Minimum Wage Forward

The saga continues in Baltimore with the proponents of a 71.4% minimum wage increase collecting 7 of 11 votes cast by the 15 member Baltimore city council to advance the bill to a final vote coming on Monday.  Of the 4 councilors not voting, 3 abstained and the fourth was absent from the vote this…

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