MA Paid Family & Medical Leave effective October 1

Delayed from earlier in the summer, employer obligations under the new Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (PFML) will begin in a few weeks on October 1, 2019, when covered employers are required to begin contributions to fund the program. The PFML provides temporary income replacement to eligible workers who welcome a new child…

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Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar

As we’ve done periodically over the past year, we want to advise you of some changes in various state laws that may impact your businesses so you’ll be better prepared when the calendar turns to October. Those of you with business interests in Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Vermont and Oregon may want to…

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Generational Differences on Tap at DDIFO Conference

Among all the exceptional topics that we’ve got on the agenda for the 2019 DDIFO National Conference, at Foxwoods Resort and Casino on October 28 and 29, we’re sure you’re not going to want to miss the presentation by generational author, expert and researcher Meagan Johnson. Her cutting edge book, Generations, Inc: From Boomers to…

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CFA Legal Symposium Topics Announced

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) has finalized the agenda for its 2019 Legal Symposium on November 13 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and many of our readers should consider attending. The CFA program will feature many of the premier franchisee attorneys from around the country speaking on the following topics: Handling Franchisor…

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Competitor News

Wendy’s plans to jump into the deep end of the breakfast pool in 2020 with plans to expand breakfast to all 6700 stores in the system. President and CEO Todd Pinegar announced the planned launch this week and explained the company is prepared to spend some $20 million on the breakfast expansion.  Currently, the company…

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Starbucks

The company saw its stock take a 3.5% hit earlier this week after the Wall Street Journal reported that the SEC is looking at how the company is recognizing revenue. Specifically, the SEC was reported to have concerns about how the company treated its gift card revenue as well as an upfront payment of $7B…

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NLRB Asks When Labor Law Protection Stops

In late breaking news yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board has asked for public input on the question of if or when an offensive and/or profane outbursts by an employee become so egregious that the employee loses the protection of the National Labor Relations Act. By a familiar vote of 3-1, the Board invited amicus…

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Using Expired I-9 Forms

On the surface, it might not seem like good advice to use a government form that’s expired, but in the absence of an updated one, that is exactly what we recommend. Although the current Employment Eligibility Form, or the-9 form as it is customarily known, specifically states that it expired on August 31 of this…

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Expansive California Bill is Battleground

California Assembly Bill 5 has certainly served to generate significant controversy across many, if not most, industries in the Golden State. AB-5, which has already passed the state Assembly, would codify a California Supreme Court decision (Dynamex Operations West) decided in April 2018. In Dynamex, the state’s highest court established that all workers are essentially…

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Ballot Question To Save Electoral College

Speaking of ballot questions, Colorado voters opposed to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact have succeeded in collecting enough signatures to put the question before voters next November. Proponents of putting the question before the voters submitted almost 229,000 voter signatures to the Secretary of State – well beyond the 124,000 required. The National Popular…

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