Ohio Bill Seeks To Ease Employment Discrimination Law

The Ohio legislature is considering a proposal that would clean up and simplify Ohio employment discrimination law.  If passed and signed into law by Governor (and presidential candidate) John Kasich, Senate 268 would reduce the timeframe within which employment discrimination claims would need to be filed from the current 6 year period to one year,…

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Punishing Success

One of the next frontiers for the tax and spend advocates is very likely to be extra taxes on those who have enjoyed some degree of financial success.  Advocates in Massachusetts want to bring the hammer down on those who are financially successful, pushing for an amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution that would allow for…

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West Virginia Tees Up Right-to-Work

The West Virginia Legislature has passed legislation and sent it to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin that would make West Virginia the 26th state with a right-to-work law.  “Right to work” gives an employee the legal right to opt out of paying union dues.  Last week, the House passed the “Establishing West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act”…

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Sugary Drink Issues Resurface

The National Commission on Hunger released its final report, “Freedom from Hunger: An Achievable Goal for the United States of America” earlier this week and in it recommended that sugar-sweetened drinks be excluded from the list of items eligible for purchase with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.  The recommendation, presented for consideration by Congress,…

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Legislative Sessions Starting Anew

Now that our calendar has turned to 2016, many state legislatures will be convening in new sessions over the coming weeks.  In fact, fourteen states have already opened their 2016 sessions while an additional 19 will begin their 2016 work next week.  By the end of this month, legislatures will be convened in 37 of…

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Schedule Mandate Proposals Growing

It may make absolutely no sense to anyone trying to run a business successfully, but the latest push for scheduling mandates or “predictive scheduling” seems to be growing in popularity across the country.  San Francisco already requires covered employers to provide employees with their work schedules two weeks in advance and mandates “predictability pay” if…

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Spending Authorization Ready

As they rush to get to their Christmas vacation, Congress also appears set to pass the other half of the deal – an omnibus spending bill necessary to keep the government operating into the New Year.  With critical legislation such as the Omnibus Spending bill, Congress will often try to attach policy riders to piggy-back…

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Massachusetts Tip Pooling Bill Advances

The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development has reported out favorably legislation endorsed by DDIFO and pushed over the past several years.  The legislation was voted out by Committee and sent for further deliberation in both the House and Senate.  The tip pooling issue surfaced a few years ago with class action lawsuits exploiting…

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Budget Agreement Repeals Auto Enrollment

With Congress reaching agreement on a budget deal with the White House and Congressional Democrats this week, the auto enrollment provisions contained in the Affordable Care Act were officially repealed from the healthcare law.  Auto enrollment, a provision that many did not even know was in the ACA, required employers of 200 or more to…

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Fair Franchising Heard in Pennsylvania

The House Consumer Affairs Committee took public testimony this week on H.1620, fair franchising legislation currently pending in the Pennsylvania House.  DDIFO joined the Coalition of Franchisee Associations along with the SuperCuts Franchisee Association in formal testimony before the committee and urged them to pass the proposal, which was filed by the Committee’s Minority Chairman,…

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