DOL Ends Employer Self Reporting Program

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it had ended the employer self-reporting wage and hour program that was implemented by the Trump administration. The Payroll Audit Independent Determination program (PAID), which was launched in 2018, allowed employers to self-report potential wage and hour violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and…

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Hearing on Biden’s Labor Nominee

The US Senate confirmation hearing on Secretary of Labor nominee Mayor Marty Walsh was held yesterday by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. There did not appear to be any significant issues with Mayor Walsh’s nomination and in the wake of that hearing, one can anticipate that Mayor Walsh will be confirmed…

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Some States Stepping Up Business Relief

Over the past few weeks, we have been glad to be able to advise you of some additional state-sponsored COVID relief and business assistance programs. This week, we’re happy to report on a couple of more that are in the works. First in Harrisburg last week, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a $912 million COVID relief…

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Pandemic? What Pandemic?

As the effort to more than double the federal minimum wage across the country gathers steam with a democratic trifecta at the federal level – albeit a slim one, tone-deaf state politicians continue to pile on small business woes. A couple of examples, as referenced above while the Pennsylvania legislature is putting over $900 million…

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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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