Pondering the Presidential Trail

As the US House prepares to move 2 articles of impeachment against President Trump over the next few weeks, we thought it might be timely to highlight some of the plans being put forward by announced candidates for the presidential nomination. Perhaps most relevant to our subscribers are recently released plans by former Vice President…

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Minimum Wages Rise with the New Year

As January 1 rapidly approaches, it is imperative for small business owners to be aware of the changes in federal, state and local laws that become effective with the new year. Toward that end, we would advise you that the minimum wage will increase in each of the following states on January 1: Alaska, Arizona,…

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New Booster Seat Safety Standard

Along that same line, a new federal safety standard for child booster seats will take effect on January 2, 2020. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission adopted ASTM F2640-18 incorporating the new standards back in 2018. The new mandatory standard impacts the foodservice industry and seeks to address several hazards including issues related to attaching…

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New Overtime Threshold Effective January 1

Although it’s been in the works for years now and you’ve known about the final resolution for quite a few months, we want to remind our readers once again that the new overtime threshold also takes effect with the New Year. Beginning on January 1st, employees paid less than $35,308 on an annual basis must…

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California Considerations and Court Challenges

Where to begin? Well, for openers and staying with the theme of a January 1 effective date, a ban on the use of latex gloves in restaurants throughout California takes effect with arrival of the New Year. California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation back in September (SB 677) making the Golden State the 7th in…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Congratulations are again in order to Dunkin’ for winning the PETA 2019 “Libby” Award as the Most Vegan-Friendly Restaurant Chain. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recognized Dunkin’ for its Beyond Sausage breakfast sandwich which can be made 100% vegan when ordered without the cheese and egg (wouldn’t that make it a…

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Multi-Unit Franchise Conference Scheduled

The 2020 Multi-Unit Franchise Conference will be held on April 14 -17, 2020 at the new Caesar’s Forum conference facility in Las Vegas. Registration is now open with a special discount available to DDIFO members. The regular registration rate for franchisees is $895 for the full conference, however the early bird rate through January 31st…

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Miscellaneous

Although it appears there may still be a good amount of franchisee discontent within the Jack in the Box system, most of the franchisees are likely smiling this week after CEO Lenny Comma announced that he is stepping down after 6 years as CEO. His announcement underscores the power of a franchisee association and the…

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Independent Joe #58 October/November

Each of us makes commitments that help define the direction of our lives. These include personal commitments to our spouse, family members and friends, and professional commitments to our employer, co-workers and partners. Webster’s defines commitment as, “The state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.,” and Matt Light, our featured speaker…

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Joint Employer Rules on the Move to OMB

Earlier this week, the US Department of Labor (DOL) sent its joint employer rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval – the last step before publication in the Federal Register. The proposed rule for application of the joint employer standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will make…

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