NLRB Captures Largest Settlement Ever

The National Law Relations Board (NLRB) earlier this month announced that it had won the largest settlement in history for unfair labor practices – $76 million – and the culprit was none other than CNN! The case began back in 2003 after CNN terminated a contract with a union company (Team Video Services) and replaced…

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States Codifying 80/20 Rule

Almost a full year and a half ago, the US Department of Labor (DOL) officially rid the federal regulatory bureaucracy of the so-called 80/20 Rule, which governed minimum wage calculations and requirements for tipped employees when they perform ‘non-tip’ functions. Since then however, individual states have sought to adopt their own versions of the 80/20…

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New York City Targets DoorDash

To welcome in the New Year, New York City Councilor Ritchie Torres filed legislation in the Council that seemingly targets tipping policies of a number of third party delivery companies such as DoorDash. Torres’ legislation, if it passes the council and is approved by Mayor de Blasio, would require certain businesses within The Big Apple…

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Fight for $15 Aims At Delaware Next

As legislators in Delaware returned to the state house in Dover last week, they were met by a group of labor activists demanding that the legislators increase the state minimum wage to $15/hour. Fight for $15, the advocacy group funded by the Service Employees International Union, (SEIU), held a rally at the state house seeking…

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Minnesota Court Upholds Local $15 Wage

Three years ago, the city of Minneapolis adopted its own local minimum wage in excess of the state minimum with a phase-in schedule bring the local wage to $15 per hour through the year 2024. Two days ago, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld that ordinance against a challenge brought by manufacturing company, Graco.  The international…

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Ohio Advocates Pushing Wage Ballot Question

Union advocates in Ohio are focusing on increasing the state minimum wage of $8.70 per hour through a ballot initiative this fall. Ohioans for Raising the Wage, a group comprised of SEIU members along with others from the Ohio Education Association, the Ohio Unity Coalition and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, have filed a petition with…

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Follow-Up on Debit Card Swipe Settlement

Last week, we advised that the U.S. District Court gave final approval to a $5.54 billion settlement in the class action lawsuit against VISA, MasterCard and the largest card-issuing banks over card swipe fees and overcharges to businesses since 2004. We also reported that DDIFO is in discussions with Class Action Refunds to possibly provide…

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Registration Open for Tampa Meeting

Registration is now open for the DDIFO Tampa meeting, which will be held on February 11, 2020 at the Ruths Chris Restaurant, 1700 N. Westshore Blvd in Tampa. Meeting the Need: Hiring & Retaining Good Employees will feature Kathleen McDonough, Senior Account Executive at HigherMe who worked on establishing the Dunkin’ – HigherMe partnership back…

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Miscellaneous

Rising labor costs (48%), employee turnover (44%) and insufficient training (39%) ran 1, 2 & 3 as barriers to improved restaurant operations according to a recent Zenput and Technomic survey. The survey of 295 restaurant operators also found 27% of operators are using technology “to a great extent” to automate aspects of their operation. Last…

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House Seeks Tighter Age Discrimination

The US House this week gave bi-partisan approval to the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA) by a wide margin. On a vote of 261 – 155, the House cleared the legislation and sent it along to the Senate. The bill, HR 1230, seeks to restore protections that were eliminated by the US Supreme…

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