NLRB Ethics Clears Emanuel for Joint Employer Case

National Labor Relations Board member William Emanuel was cleared this week by the NLRB Ethics Office to participate in NLRB discussions and deliberations surrounding the agency’s definition of joint employer. You will recall that Emanuel participated in the Board decision last year to reverse the expanded definition of joint employer in the Browning Ferris decision…

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Idle Hands Are The Devil’s Workshop

Advocates in the state of Maine are proving that ol’ adage now that Question 1 has been rejected by the voters. Just days after the initiative to add a 3.8% surcharge to incomes over the Social Security limit ($128,400/year) was rejected by voters in the election last week, the Maine People’s Alliance shifted their focus…

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Idle Hands, Indeed!

Back in June of this year when he stepped down as CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz responded to rumors that he was planning a run for the White House by simply stating he intended “to think about a range of options, and that could include public service. But I’m a long way from making any…

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Don’t Risk Your Network!

As evidenced here weekly in Small Regular No Sugar!, employment law issues and tax obligations can have a major impact on the success of your business. DDIFO will sponsor a regional meeting in New Jersey on Tuesday, December 4 at the Doubletree Hotel Newark Airport providing you with guidance on new tax obligations and employment…

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Competitor News

Coming just a week plus after announcement of its Q4 earnings (Global SSS +3%, US +4%), Starbucks laid off as many as 350 corporate employees, approximately 5% of its total corporate workforce. The company’s progressive corporate reputation notwithstanding, one employee complained about the one hour notice she received to turn in all company equipment and…

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Cook County Sick Leave Mandate

Back at the local level, a handful of communities within Cook County in Illinois have reversed earlier decisions to opt out of the Cook County paid sick leave mandate and are now opting in. Northbrook became the latest when it reconsidered and opted in to mandate that its employers provide workers up to 40 hours…

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Changes in Illinois Employment and Tax Law

In light of this electoral climate, DDIFO’s upcoming Chicago Regional meeting, Don’t Risk Your Network!, seems particularly timely. The program, which includes lunch, will be held next Tuesday, November 13 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue in Rosemont, beginning at 11:30 AM and concluding around 3 PM. The meeting will feature Attorney…

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NLRB Extends Joint Employer Comment Period

The National Labor Relations Board this week extended the deadline for public comments on its proposed joint-employer rule for an extra month. The 60-day public comment period was scheduled to end on November 13, but the agency postponed that deadline now until December 13. Public comments will be accepted until that time and until December…

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Missouri Ballot Incentive

For those in the state of Missouri who may need a little extra incentive to get out and vote next Tuesday, there is a question on the ballot that brings the issue of minimum wage home to roost – should the state mandate a minimum wage of $12 per hour by the year 2022? If…

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Miscellaneous

Starbucks (SBUX) was finally able to post an improved showing in Q4 results announced Thursday, with US same store sales up plus 4%, ticket up plus 5% and traffic only minus 1%. However, analysts were wary of them attaining their long term 3-5% comps guidance. Starbucks began its Christmas season in store retail and digital…

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