Federal Minimum Wage Hike Out, For Now

It would appear that a more than doubling of the existing federal minimum wage from the current $7.25/hour to $15/hour is out of the pending $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill pending in Congress, at least for the time being. In the initial deliberations on the budget resolution (the vehicle by which the Senate will approve…

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Upcoming CFA Legislative Impact Survey

Speaking of the COVID relief bill and the myriad issues legislators are looking to include, the Coalition of Franchisee Associations – chaired by Dunkin’ franchise owner John Motta – has developed a 19-question legislative impact survey that we will be sending out this weekend. It is imperative that as many franchisees as possible complete the…

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Biden Nominates California’s Su for #2 DOL Post

Last week, we reported on the US Senate confirmation hearing for Boston Mayor – Secretary of Labor nominee – Marty Walsh. Well, we now know who has been nominated to serve as his second-in-command, California Labor Secretary Julie Su. She currently heads up the California Department of Labor and Workforce Development and was on the…

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Ways & Means Advances New Unemployment Premium

Another important issue that’s being debated and will have a significant impact on businesses’ ability to rehire the help it will need is the unemployment insurance premium that democrats in Congress are pushing. It’s not back to the $600 mark just yet, but it’s certainly moving in that direction. This week, the US House Ways…

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Oregon Fair Franchising Hearing

With pandemic issues swirling around countless minimum wage ihke proposals, we could almost forget about the need for Fair Franchising Legislation in so many states around the country – but we haven’t forgotten. In fact, the Oregon legislature will hold a public hearing next Wednesday, February 17 – via Zoom, of course – on House…

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State/Local Updates Around the Country

Staying out west for the moment, on January 25, the Seattle City Council voted – unanimously – to pass an ordinance mandating that certain grocery store employees receive hazard pay during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Seattle minimum wage is currently $16.69 per hour and the hazard pay mandate will add $4 for each…

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Next Wednesday DDIFO Webinar

Be sure to register now for our next presentation in the DDIFO Wednesday Webinar Series, which will be held next Wednesday, February 17 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST. “3 Proven Methods to Finding Hourly Employees in 2021” presented by DDIFO Business Member Workstream, will feature Beau Hoge, Lead Hiring Specialist at Workstream detailing different…

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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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SBA Launches Targeted EIDL Program

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) this week officially relaunched the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL) under its new name: Targeted EIDL Advance. Part of the initial CARES Act in 2020, the program quickly exhausted its funding, but was replenished back in December with an infusion of additional funds along with more targeted eligibility…

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