DOL Mandates Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

They just keep piling on, don’t they?  The Department of Labor yesterday issued regulations implementing President Obama’s 2015 executive order requiring that contractors with the federal government provide up to seven days of paid sick leave per year to employees of companies with federal contracts.  Obama initially mandated the new benefits by executive order over…

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Beverage Association Sues Philly over Soda Tax

In an action that had been anticipated for several weeks, the American Beverage Association, joined by several Philadelphia residents, filed suit against the city of Philadelphia challenging the legality of the recently enacted soda tax.  The suit contends that imposition of the new tax, 1.5 cents per ounce, is preempted by the state sales tax…

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de Blasio Pushes Scheduling, DC Council Tables It

We could say it is a tale of two cities, but we won’t.  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing hard in the Big Apple to mandate so-called secured scheduling, almost identical to the edict recently enacted in Seattle.  But, de Blasio is specifically looking to target the fast food industry with his mandate. …

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US Court Upholds Wisconsin Right-To-Work

Early this week, a federal court judge rejected a union challenge to the Wisconsin right-to-work laws citing a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a similar law in Indiana.  In his order, filed on Monday, U.S. District Court Judge J.P. Stadtmueller rejected requests for preliminary injunctions by the two plaintiffs, Locals 139 and…

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St. Paul Follows Suit, Mandates Paid Sick Leave

Following an array of cities on both coasts as well as its “Twin City” Minneapolis, St. Paul Minnesota joined the ranks of those local governments now mandating paid sick leave for employees of private companies.  The St. Paul city council, which had been deliberating the legislation over the course of several months, finally enacted the…

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EEO-1 Reports Now Due

We remind our readers that the 2016 Employment Information Reports, commonly known as the EEO-1 reports, must be submitted and certified to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today, September 30.  The EEO-1 applies to employers with 100 or more employees who are subject to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and asks…

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DDIFO National Conference

In less than one month, the 2016 DDIFO National Conference, (October 24 – 25) will convene at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, CT.  Our room block closes on Sunday, October 2, so we encourage members to make sure registered and have confirmed room reservations within the DDIFO block.  We have a great lineup of…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin’ announced yesterday a ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee beverage marketing agreement with Coca Cola. Coke will manufacture, bottle and distribute the premixed, cold coffee based beverages, which will be sold in shop. With no capital investment, this promotes Dunkin’s brand royalty economic story and although no financial terms were announced, Dunkin’ may receive an up-front payment…

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DDIFO Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

This year, DDIFO is honored to announce the induction of two long time operators into its Franchise Owners Hall of Fame. DUKE CARVALHO: Try it, you’ll like it Duke Carvalho always had a good eye for business. He saw the money side of it as a manager at the Cambridge (Mass.) Portuguese Credit Union. He saw…

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States, Business Challenge Overtime Rule

Two major lawsuits have been filed in federal courts in Texas challenging the new Department of Labor overtime rule set to take effect on December 1.  Some 20 other states joined Texas in a challenge alleging that the new mandate violates the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution (the “State’s Rights amendment”).  This particular complaint…

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