With ‘Help’ Like This . . .

In New York, which accounts for the 2nd highest coronavirus death rate in the country at 225 deaths per 100,000 residents, even while dramatically underreporting COVID nursing home deaths, the state Department of Labor last week issued guidance ordering that if an employer requires an employee to stay home for fear that the employee has…

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CFA Webinar on Tuesday

DDIFO will host another timely webinar sponsored by the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) next Tuesday, February 9 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon EST. “Breaking Down the Employee Retention Tax Credit” will feature Justin Elanjian and Tommy Lee, partners in Aprio, the CPA and Business Advisory firm of Aprio. The webinar will provide a…

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Upcoming DDIFO Webinar

Watch for more information coming within the next day or two on our next program in the DDIFO Wednesday Webinar series. “3 Proven Methods to Finding Hourly Employees in 2021” will be held on Wednesday, February 17 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST.  This important presentation by DDIFO Business Member Workstream, will feature Beau Hoge,…

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House Bill Would Double Federal Minimum Wage

Democratic representatives in Congress made good on promises to file legislation increasing the federal minimum wage this week with The Raise the Wage Act of 2021 being officially filed. As we know there was much talk during the campaign on the democratic side – from President Biden as well as several reps and senators –…

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Biden Pushes More Workplace Safety Rules

In one of the record-setting number of Executive Orders he’s signed (32 in his first week in office), President Biden called for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue new COVID-19 protections for workers within two weeks and take a further look at enhancing enforcement measures against employers. The Executive Order on Protecting…

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This Time Biden Fires Acting NLRB Counsel

Last week, our lead story in Small Regular No Sugar! was the firing of National Labor Relations General Counsel Peter Robb. In his place, deputy general counsel, Alice Stock, ascended to the position of Acting General Counsel until a replacement was to be named. Her tenure was quite short however, as Biden turned around and…

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DOL Withdraws Opinion Letters

Underscoring the importance of who’s calling the shots at the NLRB, DOL and other federal departments during the transition from the Trump to the Biden administration, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) this week announced that it was withdrawing three opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The…

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Advances on Business Interruption Insurance

There was some legal and legislative headway made this past week on the question of business interruption protections being applicable during the pandemic. First off, the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio ruled last week that a claim for insurance protection under business interruption coverage by a multi-state restaurant owner was valid…

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Florida Senate Advances Liability Shield Legislation

The Florida Senate Committee on the Judiciary early this week passed Senate Bill 72, which provides liability protection from frivolous lawsuits related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation, entitled Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19, protects businesses against a COVID-19 related claim specifically requires a (state) court to dismiss without prejudice any lawsuit where…

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Register for Next Week’s Food Safety Webinar

On Wednesday, February 3, we will sponsor the next program in our Wednesday Webinar Series. You should register now to attend Training and Certifying Staff in a COVID World next Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST. This important program will feature Nick Eastwood, President of Always Food Safe along with Dan…

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