Senate Blocks “Skinny Bill”

Senate democrats voted as one yesterday to block the latest coronavirus relief bill put forth by Senate leadership. All 47 democrat Senators voted against advancing the coronavirus relief bill while 52 of 53 republican senators voted to advance the legislation (Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was the lone republican in opposition). Under Senate rules, 60 votes…

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Court Tosses Part of Joint Employer Rule

On Tuesday of this week, Judge Gregory Woods of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that portions of the Department of Labor (DOL) regulation on the issue was “arbitrary and capricious” and in conflict with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). New York v. Scalia, in which 17 different…

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EEOC Narrows Window For Suing Businesses

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in a rare opinion letter issued last week narrowed the scope in which it will initiate legal action against businesses it believes have engaged in “pattern & practice” discrimination. Although much of the opinion is technical in nature and deals with technical requirements to bringing action under Title VII…

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“Most Pro-union President in History”

After the Labor Day holiday each year, Americans start to focus more on election options and issues with the end of summer activities, coronavirus notwithstanding! This year, Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden used the opportunity of a Labor Day livestream discussion with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to promise that unions will never have a better…

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Second Sick Leave Law Coming to New York

Effective September 30, the state of New York will have a second sick leave law taking effect – one specific to the COVID-19 pandemic and the other, a new general employment mandate. The new benefit, which was approved as part of the state budget and ironically becomes effective on the exact same date as Governor…

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Minimum Wage Hike on Florida Ballot

Elsewhere over the Labor Day weekend, activist groups – including SEIU and other labor unions – held rallies and protests in support of Amendment 2 on the November ballot. Amendment 2 is a constitutional amendment proposed – and funded – by Orlando attorney John Morgan to increase the state minimum wage to $15 per hour…

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Upcoming Events

First, DDIFO members will want to register now for next week’s Wednesday Webinar: “Modernize Your Business: Finance Tips for Franchise Owners during COVID-19”.on Wednesday, September 16 from from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST.. This features Gregg Genovese, a partner with The Bonadio Group and Ken Pink, Jr., the Bonadio Group Controller. They will guide attendees…

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CFA on OAN

Misty Chally, Executive Director of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), was a guest on the Wall to Wall program on the One America News (OAN) network yesterday discussing a number of franchise owner concerns. Specifically, she addressed the possible negative tax ramifications for small businesses that accepted Paycheck Protection Program loans if the pending…

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Economic Notes

As the economy continues to rebound, albeit more slowly than we’d all prefer, the leisure, food service and hospitality industries are more than pulling their weight. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the leisure and hospitality industry adding 174,000 jobs total in August, of which restaurants and bars accounted for 133,600 of them…

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