DDIFO Joins IFA in Lawsuit vs California AB5

This week, DDIFO joined the International Franchise Association (IFA), the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and the Supercuts Franchisee Association in filing a federal lawsuit challenging California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) law. Filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of California, the lawsuit contends that AB 5 is preempted by the…

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OSHA Updates FAQ on Face Coverings

In the seemingly non-stop evolution of face covering mandates, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has again updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) guidance on face coverings, this time to coincide with CDC recommendations. In response to the posed question of whether OSHA will consider face coverings to be an integral part of…

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A Vaccine on the Way?

As we enter flu season, and likely with a COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon from at least two different pharmaceutical firms, employers should be mindful of compliance concerns regarding employees being required to receive certain vaccinations. For those who missed yesterday’s CFA Webinar (COVID-19 Sticking Points: Mandatory Vaccinations and Other Developing Issues) featuring attorneys from…

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With COVID Spikes, Restrictions Multiply

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, coronavirus-driven business shutdowns and closures are not only becoming more widespread, but much more extreme, as well! Notwithstanding a better than 99.5% survival rate along with the imminent approval of a couple of potentially highly effective vaccines, governors across the country are ordering curfews, business closings and behavioral…

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Business Liability Shields

As we trudge along to a presidential winner, the question of business COVID-19 liability shields for businesses continues to generate discussion. Yesterday in DC, the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development & Insurance held a virtual public hearing on H.R. 7011, The Pandemic Risk Reinsurance Act (PRIA). This legislation, filed by Congresswoman…

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Our Next DDIFO Wednesday Webinar

Less than 2 weeks from today, DDIFO will be sponsoring our next Wednesday Webinar on December 2 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST. DDIFO Business Member, Tapcheck, Inc., will present this important and very timely program entitled: Improving Retention Recruitment and Employee Financial Wellness Through On-Demand Pay!  Since the pandemic began wreaking havoc on our…

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Dunkin’ Doings: Present and Past

We spotted a couple of news items this past week that are worth calling to your attention. First, we offer our hearty congratulations to Dunkin’ CFO Kate Jaspon on her selection as one of the Boston Business Journal CFOs of the Year. The well-deserved honor recognizes Kate as the CFO of the Year for the…

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Miscellaneous

Earlier this month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that average hourly earnings for all employees actually increased 0.1 percent from September to October 2020. Notwithstanding ongoing challenges from the coronavirus pandemic and its recent spikes, real average hourly earnings year over year increased 3.2 percent from October 2019 to October 2020. The Consumer…

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No Small Regular No Sugar! Next Week

In recognition of the Thanksgiving Holiday, Small Regular No Sugar! will not publish next week. We will return the following week with a new issue on December 4, 2020. In the meantime, stay healthy, enjoy your family & friends and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Looking Forward: The Biden Plan for Small Business

Proceeding under the assumption that current presidential election results will not change significantly enough to alter the outcome announced to date, it may behoove us to take a closer look prospectively at a Biden Presidency. In that vein, we could expect one of the first actions in a Biden Presidency would be to rescind a…

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