Federal Fair Scheduling Bill Refiled

Legislation to require “fair scheduling” in the service sector at the national level was expected to be reintroduced as early as yesterday by democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the Senate and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), the top Democrat on the House Labor appropriations subcommittee. The legislation, which will require “fair…

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Use of I-9 Information Before SCOTUS

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard oral arguments this week on a case coming out of Kansas relating the use of information taken from the I-9 Form. Kansas v Garcia involves three restaurant workers who were charged by the state of Kansas with identity theft based on fraudulent information included in state…

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Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar

As we’ve tried to do over the past several months, now seems a good time to advise you of state law changes that will be taking effect within a few weeks, on or around the first of November. Those of you who live or have business interests in Missouri, New York, Oklahoma and Virginia might…

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Classification Law Moving East

With its recently enacted legislation, AB-5, which significantly alters the ground rules for the classification of employees, California has advanced the political “acceptability” of the “ABC” test first implemented in Massachusetts. Now, it would appear that New York State may be the next state to fall in line on “ABC” classifications. A new labor-backed coalition…

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DC Think Tank Charges NLRB Favors Business

After so many years of National Labor Relations Decisions coming down on the side of organized labor, the tide has now turned according to a liberal Washington DC think tank. The left-leaning Economic Policy Institute released an analysis of NLRB decisions this week that they claim shows a bias in favor of business interests by…

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Extended Until This Afternoon!

We were able to prevail upon Foxwoods Resort and Casino to extend the deadline for our DDIFO Room Block until 3:00 PM today, October 18. So, if you’ve yet to reserve your room accommodations for next week’s 2019 DDIFO National Conference, you can still get a room in the Grand Pequot Tower for the duration…

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Dunkin’ Doings

There’s a mix of good news and not great news on the Dunkin’ specific front to report this week. First off, the impending departure of Dunkin Chief Marketing Officer Tony Weisman was news that franchisees were not thrilled to learn of this week. Tony, who was brought on board by CEO Dave Hoffmann was instrumental…

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Miscellaneous

According to numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) last week, there were almost 900,000 job openings in the leisure and hospitality industry as of the end of August, a reduction of almost 100,000 from the same time last year. That said however, there was also other very good news on the average…

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IRS Issues Priority Guidance Plan

The Internal Revenue Service this week released its priority guidance plan for 2019-2020. The plan, which identifies and prioritizes tax issues that should be addressed through regulations, revenue procedures, notices and other published guidance, calls for the IRS to continue its focus on implementing the 2017 tax law as well as the Taxpayer First Act.…

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Down to The Wire

The DDIFO Room Block ($135/night) at Foxwoods Resort and Casino expires on Monday, October 14, so unless you plan to pitch a tent somewhere or pay significantly more than necessary during the 2019 DDIFO National Conference and Hall of Fame luncheon, reserve your accommodations today. As Foxwoods accommodations during the Conference but outside the DDIFO…

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