Florida, Chicago & Denver on Minimum Wages

As we’ve anticipated, the Florida Minimum Wage petition has met the signature threshold and is headed for the ballot in November 2020. The Florida Division of Elections has officially certified over 768,000 voter signatures (766,200 are required for 2020 petitions). The petition, which will appear on the 2020 ballot as Amendment 2, will increase the…

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Miscellaneous

It’s official, with October job growth numbers, US employers have added jobs to their payrolls for 109 months straight – the longest stretch of job creation the government began collecting those records in 1939! On average this year, employers have added 167,000 jobs per month! It should be no surprise then that small business optimism…

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What Happens in Vegas . . .

A number of DDIFO leaders and members attended the 2019 Restaurant Finance and Development Conference and later the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) Legal Symposium this week in Las Vegas. At the Restaurant Finance Conference, there was much talk about franchisor and franchisee relationships, and the need to creatively cover rising labor and rent expense. Generally…

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Fair Workweek Laws Are New Priority

From those who gave us the $15 minimum wage and dramatic expansion of paid sick leave and other employee benefit mandates across much of the country, they’re establishing a new priority moving forward – Fair Workweek laws. The Fight for $15 and its associated labor groups have seemingly shifted gears and are now organizing in…

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More Restroom Issues at Starbucks (Ally’s Law)

A story in the Boston Globe earlier this year was brought to our attention by one of our members with some questions on bathroom access requirements and we believe those questions warrant some further cautionary reporting. The Globe story was on the dilemma of an attorney in Massachusetts stricken with Crohn’s Disease, which at times…

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California Court Tags Service Fees As Tips

A spooky court decision released on Halloween stirred up a cauldron of surprises for California employers over the question of contractual service charges. An appellate court in California ruled that mandatory service charges added by banquet facilities to their contracts may actually (and legally) be defined as gratuities and owed to banquet service employees! The…

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CFA Legal Symposium

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) is holding its annual CFA Legal Symposium next week at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The event was established as a vehicle to help franchisees meet with the country’s top franchisee attorneys. This year’s event, which is being held on Wednesday, November 13, in conjunction with…

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Competitor News

Krispy Kreme walked back its earlier decision to bring the hammer down on enterprising college student Jayson Gonzalez. The college senior was driving 8 hours one way to Iowa to purchase dozens of Krispy Kreme donuts weekly. He would then drive back to his college in Minnesota where there are no stores and resell the…

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Senators Target NLRB Enforcement Power

Apparently the different visions of enforcement priorities within the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under the Trump versus Obama administration have prompted a number of US Senators to look to strip the agency of all enforcement powers. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and a host of other conservative republican Senators have refiled legislation seeking to transfer…

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California Mandating Food Waste Bins

The extremism just doesn’t seem to stop out on the West Coast as California is now taking recycling to a whole new level with a new law that becomes effective next year. Earlier this month, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 827, which was referred to as the “Green Restaurants Bill”. The mandate…

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