TSA Launches REAL ID Awareness Campaign

The debate happening in a number of states over the question of illegal immigrants being given drivers licenses, prompts me to speak to the imposition of the new Real ID requirements. We all still have another 12 months before enforcement will begin, but you may want to start planning to comply with these new requirements…

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DDIFO Hall of Fame Inductees

We are delighted to announce that the selections for the 2019 Class of Inductees for the DDIFO Hall of Fame have been made. We want to congratulate our newest inductees: Antonio Salema, Peter Marcovich and Barkat Gillani. Each will be inducted at the Hall of Fame luncheon which brings the 2019 DDIFO National Conference to…

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Starbucks

CFO Pat Grismer presented to the Goldman Sachs conference earlier this week and gave a brief look at US operational developments with Starbucks’. Interestingly, he made some of the very same points that Dunkin Brands did in 2017 and 2018 when the Dunkin Blueprint was implemented. Starbucks acknowledged they would stay beverage focused to drive…

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Up, Up and Away!

Dunkin’ surprised many in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, when it stepped into the breach to become the 2019 sponsor of the New Mexico Balloon Fiesta after former sponsor Piñon Coffee decided not to sponsor the colorful event this year. The Dunkin’ marketing team moved quickly and locked up the event. Although the sponsorship…

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Competitor News

Having been targeted over the past however many months by SEIU, Fight for $15, and the #Me Too Movement, McDonalds is heading into a more educational mode. The Golden Arches announced that it will launch a new series of educational training programs over the next few months with a focus on creating “healthy relationships and…

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Coming In Our Next Independent Joe

The next issue of Independent Joe magazine is at the printer’s and should be in your mailboxes next week. In addition to our regular article on What’s Brewing, Independent Joe #57 will also include a preview on the 2019 DDIFO National Conference at Foxwoods Resort Hotel and Casino as well as a detailed look at…

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NLRB Rules Misclassification Doesn’t Violate Law –

The National Labor Relations Board ruled yesterday that the simple misclassification of employees as independent contractors does not necessarily violate the National Labor Relations Act. In a split 3-1 decision in Velox Express Inc., the agency found that simply misclassifying workers as independent contractors instead of employees does not interfere with the workers’ rights to…

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NLRB Restricts Non-Employee Leafleting

NLRB also gave another win to an employer last week in the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation decision. In that case, the NLRB Board overruled an administrative law judge’s finding that the employer could not prohibit workers in the employ of a subcontractor of the employer from distributing protest leaflets to patrons attending the…

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New York PFL 2020 Contribution Rate Still Not Set

The 2020 contribution rate for the New York Paid Family Leave (NYPFL) program was scheduled to be set by September 1 (Sunday), but had yet to be announced at press time. The contribution rate, which was 0.153% of an employee’s wages for 2019, is the percentage of an employee’s wages that must be paid into…

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Government That Governs Least – Not!

In the catalogue of government overreach, or nanny-state actions of late, we’d hasten to submit Oregon at the state level and old favorite San Francisco in the local community category. Just a few weeks ago, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law Senate bill 1019, which provides that beginning in the year 2024, all eggs…

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