ACA Reporting Requirements

With all the various legal hurdles now having been cleared, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and consequently, employer reporting requirements are now kicking in.  The IRS has issued a number of draft reporting forms and certain large employers will be required to submit their reports electronically.  Consequently, employers are well…

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California Teachers Challenge Union Dues Requirement

SCOTUS, the Supreme Court of the United States, has granted a petition and will hear a case brought by Rebecca Friedrichs and nine other California Teachers challenging the requirement that they pay the equivalent of full union dues in order to retain their position as public teachers.  The non-profit law firm, Center for Individual Rights,…

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Obamacare Confirmed, Restaurant Industry Wants Changes

In the wake of the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision ratifying the Affordable Care Act as constitutional, the National Restaurant Association, National Council of Chain Restaurants and a host of other industry groups advocate that Congress change the law to make it more workable for all affected industries.   Although most of these groups have opposed the ACA…

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New York City Styrofoam Ban Takes Effect

When the calendar turned to July this week, it marked the end of polystyrene food containers in New York City, including Dunkin’s iconic foam coffee cups.  Although the ban formally took effect on the first of this month, there is a 6 month grace period for the phasing out of all foam food containers meaning…

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SCOTUS Upholds ACA & IRS Ends Reimbursements

Notwithstanding the big news in today’s papers that the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decided in the King v. Burwell decision to uphold the funding mechanisms for the Affordable Care Act, Internal Revenue Service rules next week officially end the transitional exemption from the excise penalty for a small employer (generally less than 50 employees or…

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Vermont GMO Labeling Rules Adopted

The state of Vermont is now that much closer to implementing their first in the nation GMO labeling requirements as the Attorney General adopted new regulations last week that will govern the labeling of GMO foods (genetically modified organisms) when the requirement becomes effective on July 1, 2015.  The rules dictate the label’s font size…

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Connecticut Advances “Employer Punishment Bill”

The admonition of Benjamin Franklin came to mind as the Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee this week gave initial approval to HB 6791, an act that will require employers with 500 or more employees to pay a fine of $1/hour for each employee that is not paid at least $15/hour.  On a…

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Quebec Court Finds For Dunkin’ Franchisees

In a long-awaited decision, the Quebec Court of Appeals has found in favor of a group of 21 Dunkin’ franchisees in a suit that was initiated back in 2005.  The judgement by the appellate court affirms the lower court decision holding a franchisor responsible for maintaining the strength of the brand and supporting the brand’s…

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Massachusetts “No-Tipping” Policy Legal

We were delighted with the decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court a week ago affirming that franchise owners have to right to decide whether to allow tipping in their stores.  Meshna v Scrivanos was decided in favor of the franchise owner after the case was taken from the appellate court docket for direct review…

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Scrivanos Wins at Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court!

DDIFO amicus brief was right on the money! Back in January, 2014, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the highest court in the state, took up on direct appellate review the no tipping issues presented in the case of Meshna v Scrivanos. DDIFO acted quickly and in concert with the attorney for DD franchisee and plaintiff,…

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