California Changes Independent Contractor Test

Just a week or so ago, the California Supreme Court altered the long-prevailing standard for determining which individuals may qualify as independent contractors rather than employees. Prior to the court ruling, there were 12 different factors that would be considered in making such a determination. In the case of Dynamex Operations West, the state’s highest…

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Sanders Targets Right to Work Laws

US Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) seized upon the aforementioned California court decision in Dynamex (above) and filed legislation this week in Congress that would adopt the three-factor “ABC” classification on the national level. Perhaps more importantly however, the bill the Senator is calling the Workplace Democracy Act would nullify state right-to-work…

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NYC Mandates Anti-Sexual Harassment Training

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday signed into law a package of 11 different bills targeting harassment and other workplace issues. The package, known as the “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act”, includes a mandate for employers with 15 or more employees to conduct an anti-sexual harassment training program on an annual basis and…

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A Potpourri of Minimum Wage Efforts

The drumbeat continues to ring out across the country with efforts ongoing to raise the minimum wage to higher levels by whatever means necessary with some, but fortunately not all of those efforts succeeding. First on the negative side of the ledger, “Raise Up Missouri” has submitted 120,000 signatures in support of a November ballot…

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National Conference Room Block Extended

For those of you who’ve procrastinated and not made your room reservations the DDIFO National Conference at Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel & Casino, we’ve been able to extend the room block cut-off for one more week until next Friday, May 18, but it cannot be extended further. We urge those planning to attend the 2018…

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DDIFO National Conference 1 Month Away

We may have extended the room block, but the DDIFO National Conference, will be here before we know it – only 1 month from today, actually – and we’ve got a great program planned. Outstanding speakers will address important and very timely issues for the attendees and we’ll wrap up the 2018 Conference with our…

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Workshop For Massachusetts Franchisees

In conjunction with our general counsel, Lisa & Sousa, LTD and Attorney Diane Saunders, DDIFO will be co-sponsoring an information workshop on a number of legal issues currently impacting Massachusetts franchisees. The event will be held at the Providence Marriott, One Orms Street in Providence, beginning at 10 AM and concluding at 1:00. You must…

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Here’s Almost 9 Million Reasons to Attend the National Conference!

Attorney Robert Zarco, who just won an $8.8 million award for his franchisee client from El Pollo Loco, will speak on encroachment, the impact of private equity and other growing legal trends at the DDIFO National Conference in New Orleans! Zarco’s victory in the California case against El Pollo Loco is a landmark decision, and…

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Dunkin’ Brands: A Three Dimensional View

Franchisees know how complicated their businesses are in the hyper competitive US market place. Competition for customers, employees, good sites and money, as well as for great franchisee partners and the attention of the Brand is great. We have your opportunity in New Orleans to hear from and ask questions of 3 experts with 3…

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Encroachment Damage Award Tops $8 Million

A California jury finally decided damages this week in a landmark lawsuit the same jury decided in favor of the plaintiff franchisees last December – and good things are really worth the wait. The 12 men and women on the jury awarded the plaintiff franchisees $8.8 Million in damages! The husband and wife franchisee team…

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