Chicago Council Passes Fair Workweek Law

The Chicago City Council unanimously approved the “Fair Workweek” that mandates at least a two week notice of work schedules and provides penalty pay for those whose schedules are changed within that two week timeframe. The final ordinance, which was spearheaded by new Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, covers eight different industries from restaurants to manufacturing…

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With Acosta Out, Trump to Name Scalia

With the resignation of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, President Trump has announced his intention to nominate Attorney Eugene Scalia as his next Secretary of Labor. Acosta officially left the post last Friday, with Deputy Secretary Patrick Pizzella thought to have had a lock on the position going forward, but President Trump decided to go in…

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Connecticut Looks for Compromise on 80/20 Rule

In the waning days of the 2019 legislative session, Connecticut lawmakers passed bipartisan legislation seeking to clarify state law relative to the so-called 80/20 rule. In essence, the bill would have codified what the state labor department had been advising businesses for years – that for workers with blended duties (functions for which they receive…

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New Wage Theft Law in Minnesota

Calling it one of the strongest sets of wage theft protections for workers in the country, Minnesota legislators hailed the passage of bipartisan legislation significantly increasing the penalties for and severity of wage theft in the North Star State. In addition making wage theft a felony, the legislation provides sufficient funding to double the number…

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Poetic Justice – and a Delicious Irony

One can’t help but enjoy a different kind of news coming out of Bernie Sanders for President 2020 this week – that a campaign worker of his has filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board! The self-described democratic-socialist has been one of the more vocal advocates for increasing the federal…

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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly!

Fortunately, we don’t have to report on every legislative initiative that comes down the road, but there is a vast array of fringe legislation regularly considered and sadly enough, often adopted as the law of the land! For a few examples, consider that the New Jersey legislature recently increased the state minimum wage to $10/hour…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Late last week, Dunkin’ Brands CEO Dave Hoffmann introduced Stephanie Lilak as the company’s new Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. She joins Dunkin’ Brands from General Mills where she has served in a number of executive positions over a 23 year span at the company, most recently as Vice President, Human Resources,…

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Starbucks

Starbucks made several announcements this week even before reporting their Q2 earnings yesterday. Monday, it announced a major investment in Eatsa, rebranding the company as Brightloom and advancing the merger of Brightloom’s digital-edge ordering and pick-up systems with Starbucks’ proprietary customer engagement platform into one combined system. In addition, the company also announced that it…

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Early Bird Pricing for DDIFO National Conference

You can still get yourself registered for the 2019 DDIFO National Conference at early bird discounted pricing by registering today. This year’s event will be held at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut on October 28 & 29, 2019. We’re finalizing the program agenda now and will soon be announcing the complete program, which…

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US House Votes To Hike Minimum Wage

Despite months of intra-party fighting among different factions within the democratic membership, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a six-year phased increase in the federal minimum wage yesterday. The final vote of 233-199 in favor of more than doubling the current minimum of $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2025 came after a concerted effort…

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