Other Minimum Wage Issues

While that political theater is playing out on Capitol Hill, the issue of a federal minimum wage hike continues to play out in different ways across the country. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released its report on the Raise the Wage Act, which is one of the vehicles in Congress that would mandate…

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Pay Equity Bill Refiled in Congress

The federal Paycheck Fairness Act has been reintroduced in Congress for the current session, while another half-dozen state legislatures are considering similar mandates within their state borders. The federal legislation, filed by Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro, requires more transparency by companies regarding worker compensation and would also ban employers from asking applicants about their salary…

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Senate Approves Restaurant Relief Measure

Late yesterday, the US Senate endorsed a restaurant relief amendment to the budget resolution filed jointly by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday. The budget resolution is the start of the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill that includes the federal minimum wage increase to $15 per hour.…

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Pending Stimulus Bill Includes $15 Minimum Wage

Earlier this week, the US Senate voted to begin debate over stimulus legislation that would use a budget reconciliation process to avoid a potential filibuster by Senate republicans. Budget reconciliation requires only a simple majority of the Senate for passage and comes into play when legislation is deemed to have an impact on the federal…

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Florida Senate Advances Liability Shield Legislation

The Florida Senate Committee on the Judiciary early this week passed Senate Bill 72, which provides liability protection from frivolous lawsuits related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation, entitled Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19, protects businesses against a COVID-19 related claim specifically requires a (state) court to dismiss without prejudice any lawsuit where…

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Some States Considering Their Own Liability Shields

Notwithstanding continuing unfulfilled promises of business liability shields from COVID lawsuits at the federal level, a number of additional states are now considering implementing their own liability shields at the state level. Currently, both Indiana and Florida are considering bills filed for the new legislative sessions that would provide a level of immunity from potentially…

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On The Horizon with a Federal Trifecta

Well, it seems the unlikely has happened and Georgia voters turned the formerly-red state solid blue this week and with it, flipped the US Senate to democratic control. With the White House, US House of Representatives and now the US Senate all being in democratic control, what can we expect to see coming out of…

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Keep CFA Political Action Committee Strong

DDIFO members have seen first-hand this year the great work that the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) does on behalf of member franchisees across the country. With timely webinars, the virtual Congressional Town Hall meetings they began a few months ago and specific representation on issues of import to franchisees, CFA has proven its value…

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Denver Latest to Cap 3rd Party Delivery Fees

The Denver City Council this week unanimously approved a new 15% cap on the fees that third-party delivery companies may charge restaurants. In the Mile-High City, delivery fees during the coronavirus pandemic have reached as high as 30% at times, but at least until February 9, 2021, when the new ordinance is scheduled to sunset,…

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House Passes Relief Bill, Excludes Franchises

Late yesterday, by a highly partisan vote of 214 – 207, House Democrats approved a revised, $2.2 trillion HEROES Act that included $120 billion in direct assistance to independent restaurants, food trucks and bars but specifically excluded franchises! This version is the first that includes the $120 billion proposed by the Independent Restaurant Coalition in…

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