Throwing in the Towel?

Just a week or so ago, a Portland Oregon Burgerville became the first fast food restaurant to be unionized when its employees voted 18-4 in an NLRB sanctioned election to unionize and become members of the Portland chapter of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Immediately thereafter, employees of another of the Vancouver, Washington-based…

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Menu Labeling Effective Monday

It may have actually become law back in 2010 with the passage of Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act), but was never legally enforced – until now. Menu labeling enforcement becomes effective on Monday, May 7. The enforcement trigger was set to be effective one year ago, when the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) delayed it…

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EEO-1 Report Deadline Delayed

The menu labeling may not be extended again, but not so the EEO-1 annual report, as the filing deadline for the 2017 report has been extended until June 1, 2018. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) pushed the filing deadline out an extra two months back from the original March 31 date. The EEO-1 must…

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Court Tosses Salary History Ban

Although perhaps somewhat limited in its application, a federal judge in Pennsylvania has blocked the city of Philadelphia from implementing a ban on inquiries into a job applicant’s salary history. In a lawsuit brought by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, US District Court Judge Michael Goldberg gave a win to both the Chamber…

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New Jersey Does Pay Equity & Sick Leave

In the past two weeks, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed two bills into law that his predecessor, Republican Chris Christie, had held at bay for years. The Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act cleared the legislature earlier in April and Murphy, who had campaigned on the issue, made good on his promise to…

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Congratulations Hall of Fame Inductees

We know our members join with us in congratulating three very deserving individuals on their selection as this year’s inductees into the DDIFO Hall of Fame. Adrian Gaspar, Joe Salema and Rod Valencia each epitomize the high standards set by members of the Hall of Fame. On Tuesday, June 12 at the DDIFO National Conference…

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DDIFO National Conference

Speaking of the DDIFO National Conference, the DDIFO room block is set to expire one week from today, May 11 so those planning to attend are encouraged to reserve your hotel room within the block soon at the DDIFO discounted price of only $159 per night. Registration at the early bird discounted price is still…

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Competitor News

It was reported just days ago that Starbucks settled for an undisclosed amount with the two individuals it had arrested in Philadelphia. In addition, the two reached agreement with the city of Brotherly Love for a nominal amount of $1 each and a promise from the city for $200,000 in funding for a new grant…

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Dunkin’ Doings

We want to welcome Dunkin’ Brands’ new Vice President for Digital and Loyalty Marketing Stephanie Meltzer-Paul to the Dunkin’ community. Stephanie brings 20 years of experience in customer loyalty and digital marketing, most recently from BJ’s Wholesale Club and Starwood Hotels. Welcome, Stephanie!

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Independent Joe #49 April/May 2018

Of the millions of people who travel to New Orleans every year, you might be surprised to learn that less than 15 percent visit for a conference, convention or trade show. While the influx of business travelers continues to swell, along with all other visitors to this fun-loving and historic city, so do the vacation…

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