ICE Workplace Enforcement Doubles

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has already doubled the amount of ongoing worksite cases this fiscal year (October through May 4) compared to all of FY17! ICE enforces the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, which requires employers to verify the identity and work eligibility of all individuals they hire. Thus far…

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DOL Apprenticeship Task Force Concludes

The Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, created by President Trump under the leadership of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, finished its work last week and issued its final report to the President. Almost one year after the group was created by executive order, they identified a number of hurdles to creating the new industry-led apprenticeship programs,…

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New Jersey Resurrects the Individual Mandate

Despite most Americans being strongly opposed to the Obamacare individual healthcare mandate (and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in December effectively neutered the requirement by removing the penalty for non-compliance), New Jersey is determined to put it back in place. The New Jersey Health Insurance Market Preservation Act was passed last…

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NJ Expanded Leave Advances; Changes Tabled in DC

When you’re on a roll . . . and apparently New Jersey believes it is as last week the Senate Committee on Labor advanced an expansion to the new paid family leave bill. If passed, the measure would broaden the existing leave program by boosting the paid leave benefit to 12 weeks (from the current…

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Soda Tax Argued Before Supreme Court

The constitutionality of the controversial Philadelphia soda tax was argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Harrisburg earlier this week. The tax became effective almost a year and a half ago, but was immediately challenged by the beverage industry. In the absence of an injunction while the challenge made its way through the courts, Philadelphia…

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Tipping Over the Wage

Efforts are underway in the state of New York as well as in the District of Columbia to eliminate the so-called tipped wage within the restaurant industry. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo put a target on the tipped wage in his December state of the state address when he advocated phasing it out to bring…

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DDIFO National Conference

We’re less than one month away from the 2018 DDIFO National Conference at Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel and Casino on June 11 and 12. The DDIFO room block is set to close tomorrow, so we encourage all those planning to attend to reserve your room today within the discounted room block ($159 per night). We’re…

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Competitor News

We read with some surprise that Krispy Kreme was named Coffee Shop of the Year according to a recent Harris Poll (they must have had Hillary winning in 2016 as well?). We also noted that Nestles has agreed to pay $7 Billion for the right to market Starbucks coffee products outside its shops. The deal…

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Phantom Gourmet Joins New Orleans Line-up!

Delivering on our commitment to bring you the best and most interesting and relevant presentations at the 2018 DDIFO National Conference, we are pleased to announce that The Phantom Gourmet will join us and present the opening keynote address on Monday, June 11! Dave Andelman, CEO, founded The Phantom Gourmet, Inc. back when he began graduate school. In…

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NLRB Announces Regulatory Joint Employer Fix

Having vacated the decision by which the NLRB was re-establishing the historic definition of joint employer, the NLRB announced on Wednesday, that the agency was considering changing the definition by a regulatory rulemaking, rather than waiting for another case to raise the issue. That announcement prompted a bit of a twitter war between new Chairman…

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