Maryland, New Jersey Minimum Wage Outlook

With a new legislature taking office this past week in Annapolis, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan can anticipate using his veto pen on a host of proposals should they make it to his desk. Legislators in the Terrapin State have already begun pushing another increase in the state minimum wage from the current $10.10/hour to a…

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Save These 2019 Dates

It’s never too early to plan, and in that vein, we wanted to get these dates out to you as soon as we could. Mark your calendars now for the DDIFO National Conference, October 28-29 at the Foxwoods Casino and Hotel in Connecticut. The National Conference, last year held in New Orleans, is a program…

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Competitor News

Starbucks announced this week that it was changing course relative to its upscale Reserve Roasteries and Reserve coffee bars, redirecting its focus on traditional outlets. Under former CEO Howard Schultz, the company had planned to open as many as 1,000 new Reserve coffee bars, but current CEO Kevin Johnson has scrubbed those plans for the…

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Miscellaneous

Earlier this week, McDonalds workers went on strike over the lunch period at a number of Florida restaurants in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Orlando to protest for worker safety at QSR establishments. The action was taken after a January video showing a customer attacking a counter employee at a St. Petersburg restaurant went viral. And,…

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DC Circuit Decides Browning-Ferris, sort of

On December 28th, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited Browning-Ferris Industries appeal decision – nearly two years after oral arguments were presented in the case. In a 2-1 split decision, the court found that BFI should not be considered a joint employer, but at the same time found that the analytical structure with which the…

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DOL Rule Still Just A Promise

On another front in the ongoing joint employer battle, the clarification promised by the Department of Labor in the form of a new rulemaking defining joint employer under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has yet to be completed. The DOL had proposed that such a rule would be written and circulated…

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H-2B Visas System Down

DOL’s problems of late aren’t limited to their inability to meeting their regulatory goals. The Department’s computer system to handle applications for temporary work visas (H-2B Visas) crashed earlier this week in the face of unprecedented demand. According to the DOL Employment and Training Administration, just under 100,000 foreign workers applied for the 33,000 visas…

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E-Verify Caught in Shutdown

It is the budgetary standoff between President Trump and congressional democrats over border wall funding rather than a computer snafu that has caused the shutdown of the government’s E-verify program. As a result of the government shutdown and its impact on E-Verify, E-verify accounts are inaccessible; all e-verify webinars are cancelled (other than the I-9…

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Minimum Wage Musings

We advised you over the past several weeks of the 20 states in which a minimum wage increase became effective with the turn of the calendar and we want you to be aware of those and other changes. Consequently, we thought we’d advise you once more and run a complete list of minimum wage increases…

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New Year, New Requirements

Similar to the experience we’ve seen with minimum wages over the past few years, the proliferation of so-called workplace fairness issues such as paid sick leave, predictive scheduling, pay equity and the like has been unrelenting and gaining steam recently. We would expect to see more of these issues surfacing in more locations in 2019.…

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