DOL Issues New FFCRA Guidance, PFML Forms

The US Department of Labor (DOL) issues new additional guidance on return-to-work issues stemming from the First Coronvirus Response Act (FFCRA). These latest DOL rules provide direction for employers in regards to the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as well as the FFCRA. In addition, the…

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OSHA Releases Guidance on Masks

Not to be outdone, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) also released an expanded guidance recently that elaborates on a number of issues/questions related to face coverings in the workplace. The guidance clarified that facemasks are not considered personal protective equipment nor are employers required to provide them to employees. That said however, the…

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SBA Disaster Loan Funds Runs Dry

As the Senate continue to debate next steps in terms of new coronavirus relief actions, a part of the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program has run out of advance monies. The EIDL program, which was funded to the tune $20 billion in the CARES Act, provides that businesses that apply for…

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West Coast Wonders

Oakland joined California neighbors, San Francisco and Los Angeles this week, when it gave final approval to a Right to Recall ordinance that gives laid off employees in the restaurant and hospitality industries the specific right to get their job back when their employers reopen. The local mandates, which also apply to the airline, event…

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DDIFO Webinar Series

Until we can resume in person meetings, DDIFO is pleased that our business members are more than willing to step up and provide Dunkin’ franchisees with valuable opportunities to learn through our ongoing webinar series. “Managing Challenges Faced by Multi-Store Franchisees”, will be held on Wednesday, August 12 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT. This…

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Massachusetts Issues Final Rules on Paid Family Leave

The law may have been passed and signed into law by the Governor over two years ago (June 28,2018), but Massachusetts last week issued unofficial final regulations governing the state Paid Family and Medical Leave law. With the benefit of a public hearing and comment period, the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave released…

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DOL Webinar Series

The US Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division will present the final webinar in its series, “Navigating COVID-19: A Virtual Guide for the Employment Community” at 1:00 PM CDT next Tuesday, July 28. In conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service  (IRS), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Small Business Administration (SBA), this 1-hour…

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NRA Urges More Restaurant Relief

As some states walk back their re-opening efforts, the National Restaurant Association has put forth a comprehensive plan for legislative and regulatory action to stabilize the restaurant industry and help re-establish its economic foundation. The “Blueprint for Restaurant Revival” calls for Congress to provide short-term relief for the restaurant industry in the form of a…

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DOL Reinstitutes Opinion Letters on FLSA

It’s been over a decade since the US Department of Labor (DOL) abandoned its long practice of issuing opinion letters in response to employer questions on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) application. Back in 2009, DOL changed that historic approach to resolving issues relating FLSA and began suing employers as the primary approach to enforcing…

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Indiana Franchise Law Changed On July 1

Easy to miss in the tsunami of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of changes were recently made – effective two weeks ago on July 1 – to the Indiana Franchise Law. Of greatest import, franchisors registered in Indiana are now required to file an amended disclosure document within 30 days of any “material change” as…

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