Joint Employer Comment Period Open

The proposed DOL regulation on joint employer was officially published in the Federal Register on Tuesday of this week, triggering the start of the 60-day public comment period. The proposed joint employer regulation uses a four-part test to determine when a business should be held jointly libel for minimum wage and overtime law violations. Specifically,…

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Minimum Wage by Region?

It ain’t perfect, but it’s an acknowledgement that economic conditions – and costs of living – differ across the country depending on the region one may be working in. Representative Terri Sewell of the Alabama 7th Congressional District has proposed a federal regional minimum wage that may be gaining some traction in the democrat-controlled US…

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State Minimum Wage Maneuvers

Speaking of minimum wages, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has asked the Florida Supreme Court to review a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would mandate a $15 minimum. The proposed amendment calls for the $8.46 minimum wage to rise to $10 on September 30, 2021 and increase $1 each year thereafter until reaching $15 per hour…

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Overtime Minimums Higher Than DOL’s

We thought it might be a good time to reiterate that the proposed Department of Labor overtime exemption threshold, which was increased to $35,308 just over one month ago, is not the operable threshold in New York – and some other states (California in particular) as well. Employers in New York are subject to the…

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New York Sexual Harassment Training Required

Although Mayor de Blasio signed it into law almost a year ago, the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act became fully effective last week on April 1, 2019. The law mandates that employers with 15 or more employees (including independent contractors) in the prior calendar year must conduct anti-sexual harassment training on an annual basis…

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CFA Lobby Day Forum

Make your plans now to attend the 2019 CFA Day Forum in Washington DC on May 22. One of the key issues on our agenda will be the Raise The Wage Act, a proposal by Virginia Representative Bobby Scott, Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor. The Raise The Wage Act (H.R. 582)…

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Little Over A Week!

There’s just over one week left before the 2019 Northeast Regional DDIFO Meeting on April 23, 2019 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham, Massachusetts? In presenting The NextGen Store – From Finance to Staffing and Beyond, we’ll have Attorney Dan Field of the Boston law firm of Morgan Brown & Joy ready to talk…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Watch for the nomination form coming out within the next week or so and get ready to nominate a deserving Dunkin’ franchise owner for induction into the DDIFO Franchise Owner Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame induction luncheon will be held at the conclusion of the 2019 National Conference (October 28 – 29, 2019)…

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Miscellaneous

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) last week reported that the economy is still chugging along with 196,999 jobs added in March, a six-fold increase over the revised figure of 33,000 jobs created in February. Some economists read the dismal February numbers as an indication the economy was slowing, but the bounce back in…

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FTC Seeks Comments on Franchise Rule

As we’ve reported to you in the past, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking public comment on whether to make changes to the Franchise Rule as part of its systematic review of all FTC rules. The public comment period is currently open through May 13, 2019 so please get your comments in soon. Recall…

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