Paycheck Protection Program Expired

One of the bigger issues surrounding the failure of Congress to reach agreement on a new coronavirus relief package is the end of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The loan program, which originally was scheduled to expire back in June, was extended until August 8 by Congress at the end of June. It was anticipated…

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Suit Filed Challenging GMO Rule

Although signed into law back in 2011 by President Obama during his first term in office, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) or at least certain aspects of it are still being implemented by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA guidance governing it is still being challenged, with the latest suit filed just…

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Business Operation Losses and Liability Shields

While the stalemate in Congress brought any talk of a federal business liability shield to a screeching halt, two restaurateurs from the Nation’s Capital filed new challenges against the Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company for refusing to pay claims for business operation losses resulting from the coronavirus. The two lawsuits, filed in DC and in…

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CFA Town Hall with Illinois Congressman

The Coalition of Franchisee Association (CFA) has announced that its next virtual Congressional Town Hall Discussion will feature Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis from the 13th Illinois Congressional district. The discussion is scheduled for Thursday, August 27 at 3:00 PM ET. Representative Davis, whose father worked at a McDonald’s restaurant before he became a McDonald’s franchisee,…

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Wisconsin Employers Must Submit by Tomorrow

There’s precious little time, but the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has given employers a deadline of tomorrow, August 15, 2020 to fill out and submit Form UCB-18823-E for employees who filed their initial COVID-19 related unemployment claims for weeks after May 15, 2020. The department recently announced that employers must move quickly to…

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California Eyeing Retroactive Tax Hike

As many, if not most states, focus on how they can revive business and get their economies back on track, elected officials in the California legislature are looking at going in a different direction. Senators in the California Senate resurrected and amended AB 1253 two weeks ago recommitting it to the Committee on Government and…

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Philadelphia Salary History Ban

The City of Brotherly Love officially joins the list of governments prohibiting private employers from asking prospective job applicants about their salary history at the beginning of the month. The Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance becomes effective on September 1 after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in February overturned a 2018 lower…

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DDIFO Webinars Upcoming

In a recent survey we sent out, Dunkin’ franchisees indicated that they wanted us to sponsor webinars on a regular basis on a variety of topics. You asked, so we’ve responded! And we’ve got a few more lined up over the next several weeks. “Employee COVID Screenings: Tools, Compliance Tips and Best Practices for Franchise…

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McDonald’s Sues Former CEO Easterbrook

McDonald’s announced Monday that it would sue to recover the severance and stock options that it granted to terminated CEO Steve Easterbrook in 2019.  At that time it concluded that he exercised bad judgement only in a relationship with an employee. Evidence later was uncovered that proved he lied and destroyed evidence of more sexual…

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Congress Needs Your Input on Next Relief Bill

If you’ve already reached out to your congressman and advocated for needed amendments to the HEALS Act, thank you. If you haven’t, then we need you to do so ASAP!!  As we advised this week in an Action Alert Membership Update sent out yesterday to all members, the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools…

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