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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Yet, Another DOL Tip Pooling Rule

On Monday of this week, the Department of Labor (DOL) released yet another amended tip-pooling proposal. The latest iteration however, only applies to employers who do not take a tip credit. It will allow employers to pool tips from front-of-the-house workers and share them with back-of-the-house employees who aren’t normally tipped. This most recent change…

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NLRB Extends Comment Period

Speaking of new regulatory rules, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has extended the public comment period on its pending new rule on union elections. In a press release dated October 4, the agency announced that it will now accept public comment on the rule overhauling union representation election procedures for an additional 60 days…

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Trump Reins In Regulatory Enforcement Power

In light of the two aforementioned items, it seems timely to also report on action the President took this week to require more transparency – and less regulatory overreach through the use of rulemaking – by all federal agencies. In a pair of Executive Orders (EOs) he signed this week, President Trump is requiring federal…

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Another Look at DC Soda Tax

Last week, we advised you that the DC Council amended the District sales tax in order to grab an extra 2% sales tax on the sale of sugary drinks. Without wasting any time at all, this week, Councilmember Brianne Nadeau introduced a new measure that would replace the sales tax increase with a new excise…

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Minimum Wages Hikes Have an Impact

On the positive side of the ledger, one can point to the first increase in the median real wage for US workers in quite some time. But, there’s also a flip side to that coin, and it is taking a toll on restaurants in major cities such as New York City and San Francisco. The…

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DDIFO National Conference

Earlier in this issue, we remind our readers that our Room Block for Foxwoods accommodations at the DDIFO National Conference on October 27 through October 29 expires on Monday, October 14, so Conference attendees must reserve their hotel accommodations by that date. Not to be overlooked, the 2019 DDIFO National Conference itself will be here…

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Competitor News

Starbucks made news this week on both the domestic as well as international fronts. First, the company announced this week that it was expanding its happy hour buy one get one free deal to include all hand-crafted beverages in grande size or larger. The expanded menu includes some of their priciest items such as the…

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In Joint Employer Battle: Round 2 Goes to McDonald’s

On Tuesday of this week, a federal appeals court gave McDonald’s Corporation a significant victory on the question of joint employment status. The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit found in Salazar v. McDonalds that the company was not a joint employer in that it did not exert enough control over employees at…

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