New Minimum Wage Tentacles

Notwithstanding difficulties within the SEIU offices as outlined above, their push for increased minimum wages seems to be growing new appendages in some locales around the country. Earlier this month, the Common Council of South Bend Indiana expanded its current minimum wage requirement when it voted to tie tax abatements for private businesses to minimum…

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Just One Week Away

That’s right, the 2017 DDIFO National Conference is literally ‘just around the corner’, beginning one week from Monday, October 30 at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut. We again encourage those franchise owners who’ve yet to register to attend and join your peers and hearing an outstanding schedule of speakers including Don Fox, CEO of…

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Brown Expands Paid Leave, Vetoes Wage-shaming

As the clock wound down, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a number of workplace related bills and vetoed others that could have been devastating to business interests. AB1209, the Gender Pay Gap Transparency Act, which the Governor vetoed and business labeled a “job-killer” would have required companies with 500 or more employees in California to…

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Soda Tax Going Flat in PA

The City of Brotherly Love passed a special tax on sugary beverages back in June of 2016 with many promises from Mayor Jim Kenney about the money the levy would generate without hurting Philadelphia businesses. It now seems he was wrong on both counts! We’ve advised in the past how the money the tax has…

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Right To Work Upheld In Seattle

A judge in Seattle issued a ruling last week boosting efforts of right to work advocates in Washington state. In hearing a challenge brought by Seattle local union of the SEIU, local 775, King County Superior Court Judge Steve Rosen dismissed a claim by SEIU 775 that a local think tank’s efforts to inform employees…

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Miscellaneous

The 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index by the Tax Foundation was released last week with few surprises in either the top or bottom 10 states in the listing. Less regulation-oriented states populate the 10 most business-friendly while the more progressive “pick up the rear”. Wyoming tops the list, followed by South Dakota and Alaska.…

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Next Up is EEOC

With the changeover pretty much complete at the National Labor Relations Board, it would appear that the focus of the Trump administration to change the government’s long-simmering anti-business mindset has now turned to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Over the past few weeks, confirmation hearings for the agency charged with enforcement of the nation’s anti-discrimination…

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The Tide Turns

The Cook County soda tax is going the way of 1917 national predecessor, repealed! The effort first got its real momentum a few weeks ago and then a budget deal was reached last week that cut the tax from the county budget. Tuesday, the County Finance Committee endorsed the repeal effort by a vote of…

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Only Three Weeks To Go

That’s right, the 2017 DDIFO National Conference on October 30 & 31 at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut is now only three weeks away and you won’t want to miss the outstanding line–up of speakers we have waiting for you!! Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs will open the conference on Monday,…

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MA Retailers Push Tax Cut

In Massachusetts, one of the blue-est of blue states, it may be the ultimate longshot, but the Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM) is undeterred and moving forward with a ballot initiative to lower the state sales tax. Currently pegged at 6.25 percent, the state sales tax would drop to 5% effective January 2018 if the…

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