No Clarity Yet from Court on EEO-1 Deadline

Despite another hearing having been held this week in the federal court in DC, there is no further clarification on the final deadline for submission of pay data in the court challenge brought by advocates. The court this week admonished EEOC for not having their act together and for removing the requirement completely earlier this…

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Treasury Dept. Releases Proposed Opportunity Zone Rule

The Department of the Treasury this week released its proposed regulation clarifying aspects of the Opportunity Zones created under President Trump. The Opportunity Zones were created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act back in December 2017, ostensibly to encourage investment in 8000+ specific areas across the country by allowing investors to defer, reduce and…

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Fair Franchising Moves in Alabama

Good news for franchising came out of the deep south earlier this week when the Alabama Committee on Government Affairs endorsed the Protect Alabama Small Businesses Act by a vote of 9 – 1 with 1 abstention. The bill, which addresses a number of abuses to which franchise owners are currently subjected, will next be…

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Maine Paid Leave Shifting

A compromise seems to have been brokered by Governor Janet Mills in the state of Maine over mandating paid leave benefits for private employees. The legislature’s Labor Committee this week approved compromise legislation that would apply to businesses with more than 10 employees who work for a business more than three months in a year.…

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Massachusetts Releases Family and Medical Leave Regulation

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development released a model of the notice that employers will be required to provide to their existing employees by May 31, 2019.  The Paid Family and Medical Leave benefit was created by the poorly-named Grand Bargain that Governor Charlie Baker signed into law last June. Although employers…

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Now Just A Few Days Away!

The 2019 Northeast Regional DDIFO Meeting will be held next Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham, Massachusetts. You only have days to register to attend The NextGen Store – From Finance to Staffing and Beyond!  The program will feature Attorney Dan Field of the Boston law firm of Morgan Brown…

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Idaho Minimum Wage Question Ok’d for Ballot

The Idaho Secretary of State has given his approval to an initiative amending the current state minimum wage law and establishing a four-year formula to increase the wage and subsequently tie it to the federal consumer price index (CPI) for specific items. Under the proposal, the current minimum wage of $7.25 would be increased annually…

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The Minimum Wage Impact

We talk quite a bit about the minimum wage and what the impact is of mandating regular increases to the minimum. Well, a study that Harri, the workplace management software company that works closely with restaurants, released a week or so ago underscores the direct impact. Of the 173 restaurants surveyed, 71 percent planned to…

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Competitor News

The breakfast/coffee space seems to be getting more popular of late as companies look to find opportunities there. We noted that Godiva Chocolates opened its first Godiva Café earlier this week in Manhattan and the privately-held company announced it is planning to open some 2,000 new units around the world with about 700 of them…

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More Mandate Mania

On a regular basis, we have advised our subscribers of the ever-expanding government mandates on employee benefits, minimum wages, sick leave, family and medical leave and the like. Well, yet another new mandate was proposed last week in the United States Senate – the Saving For The Future Act. Filed by declared democratic presidential candidate…

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