House Seeks Tighter Age Discrimination

The US House this week gave bi-partisan approval to the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA) by a wide margin. On a vote of 261 – 155, the House cleared the legislation and sent it along to the Senate. The bill, HR 1230, seeks to restore protections that were eliminated by the US Supreme…

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Court Approves Card Swipe Settlement

In mid-December, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York granted final approval of a $5.54 billion settlement in the lawsuit brought by merchants against VISA, MasterCard and the largest card-issuing banks. The class action lawsuit was initiated on behalf of merchants that accepted VISA or MasterCard since January 1, 2004 and…

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Fight for $15 Active Again in New Year

The SEIU (Service Employees International Union) sponsored advocacy group, Fight for $15, continues to push for increased wage minimums in a host of states around the country. The most recent example of their ongoing efforts was seen in the state of New Hampshire, where the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted last week to raise…

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DOL Finalizes Joint Employer

Notwithstanding the above and possible re-opening of the issue, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released the final version of the long-awaited joint employer rule. The final rule now employs a four-part test to determine joint employer status that includes whether a franchise: 1) maintains power to hire and fire; 2) supervise schedules and…

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Tampa Meeting

In the current challenging labor market, hiring the right employees – and being able to retain them – is critical to the ongoing success of your business. In fact, there are few other topics that are more important in this economy, and that’s why our first DDIFO meeting of 2020 (“The Future of Hourly Hiring…

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Plastic Still in the Crosshairs

Legislators and environmental activists across the nation continue to target single-use plastic bags, straws and other plastic products for elimination as the new legislative sessions begin. Massachusetts will most assuredly advance a plastic bag ban, although 135 communities already have a local ban of some sort on their books. The state senate approved a sweeping…

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NJ Governor Wants Millionaire Tax Again

In his State of the State Address this week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced he is doubling down and will renew his push for a Millionaires Tax in the Garden State. Murphy claims a new millionaires tax would ease the property tax burden “on millions of middle-class families and seniors, and do more to…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Entrepreneur Magazine released its annual Franchise 500 report last week and for the first time in the 40 year history of the Franchise 500, Dunkin’ came out on top – the # 1 franchise! Not that that result should be a surprise as Dunkin’ has “made the grade” and been ranked in each of those…

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Miscellaneous

As we glided from one decade to another, the economy continued its exceptional run, adding another 145,000 jobs in December to cap 2019 at over 2,100,000 new jobs created! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the leisure and hospitality industry added 40,000 of those jobs for an annual industry total of 388,000!  As the…

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IRS Changes Free File Agreement

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) amended a twenty year deal it had with the tax preparation software industry whereby the IRS would not compete with private companies by developing its own tax filing software. Last Monday, the IRS announced that changes have been made to the agreement and under the terms of the new Memorandum…

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