Only 10 Days ‘Til NOLA

That’s right, the 2018 DDIFO National Conference in New Orleans Louisiana is just 10 short days away, beginning one week from Monday on June 11. The annual highlight event begins with an opening address by Dave Andelman, CEO of The Phantom Gourmet and will also feature attorney Robert Zarco discussing Encroachment, Private Equity and other…

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ICE Increasing I-9 Audits

As we advised you a few weeks ago, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has already doubled the amount of worksite enforcement cases the agency initiated in all of 2017 – and there’s still 5 months to go in the federal fiscal year (October 1 – September 30). Well, our friends at SESCO Management Consulting tell…

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IRS Plans Strategically

Speaking of government agencies and their future plans, none other than the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) actually developed and last week released a new Five-year Strategic Plan focusing on the implementation of the new tax law as a top priority and “improving taxpayer service and tax administration.” The agency has long argued that it needs…

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Getting Worse Before It Gets Better

There can be little doubt that the labor market is tighter than it has been in many years, but if recent reports are accurate, it is still getting tighter! ADP released a national employment report this week showing that job creation has slowed somewhat despite 178,000 private sector (non-farm) jobs having been created in May.…

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“It’s Alive, It’s Alive!”

Yes, that phrase comes from the 1931 horror flick, Frankenstein, but it seems to fit health care mandates in New Jersey just as well now after Governor Phil Murphy this week signed a couple of health care bills into law. The first, S1877, creates a state-level individual mandate replicating the major provisions of the individual…

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Ballot Initiative Battles

Efforts to implement more progressive policies as relates employment laws issues has shifted over the past several years to the ballot initiative process – and with a fair amount of success unfortunately. That trend appears to be continuing in a couple of recent examples. Recent polls indicate that a ballot initiative in Massachusetts that would…

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Competitor News

We know that Starbucks closed all their US stores this past Tuesday in order to host a 4 hour racial sensibility training program in the wake of the two men being arrested in Philadelphia for not making a purchase. As a result of that incident, Starbucks will now allow anyone to use their restrooms, whether…

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Miscellaneous

Although I don’t think it will really surprise many people, recent data indicates that the states of New York and Illinois are losing the most population in the country, followed by California, New Jersey and Connecticut. At the other end of the spectrum, Florida is enjoying the greatest influx of new residents followed by Texas…

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Another Micro-Union

NLRB Region 10 Director John Doyle ordered a union election for a sub-group of employees at the Boeing Company, despite a December decision by the full National Labor Relations Board that narrowed the circumstances under which micro-units could be created. This case involves approximately 180 flight readiness technicians and inspectors seeking to organize as a…

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SCOTUS OKs Arbitration vs. Class Action

By a 5-4 decision released earlier this week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) confirmed that employers have the right to require employees address grievances through arbitration and not class action litigation. With so many recent frivolous issues being litigated against small business employers recently (butter v. margarine, real blueberries v blueberry filling,…

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