Restaurant Workers Sue Michigan

The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) along with other advocacy groups One Fair Wage and Mothering Justice this week filed a lawsuit against Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel alleging that legislative changes made to the state minimum wage law were unconstitutional. To put the issue in context, One Fair Wage initiated a petition drive in 2018…

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An Economic (SBA) Discussion

Later today, May 14 at 3:00 PM EDT, Small Business for America’s Future will sponsor an open discussion featuring U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Director Isabella Casillas Guzman and Bharat Ramamurti, the Deputy Director of the National Economic Council (NEC). The two will discuss the current state of the economy as well as the impact…

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Upcoming DDIFO Webinar

Our next webinar presentation in the DDIFO Wednesday Webinar series will be held on Wednesday, May 26 beginning at 2:00 PM and it comes at a time when new requirement are being implemented. “Are You Prepared for the New Lease Accounting Standard?” will help prepare you for the implementation of the new accounting standard ASC…

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McD’s Raises Pay, Braces for Strike

SEIU-backed Fight for $15 is again organizing a strike amongst QSR workers – mostly McDonald’s employees – in 15 selected cities around the country for next Wednesday, timed to coincide with the company’s annual shareholder meeting. Again, SEIU is seeking to generate sufficient pressure on the Golden Arches to get the company to pay a…

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Life After Dunkin’

Well, there’s still more life after Dunkin’ to report this week as we took note that San Diego-based fast casual restaurant chain Qdoba Mexican Eats has hired former Dunkin’ employee Shawn Caric as its new Vice President of franchise development. Caric most recently served as the director of development for the Midwest region at Dunkin’…

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SBA Exhausting PPP Funds

Although the Small Business Administration (SBA) is slated to continue taking applications for the popular Paycheck Protection Program until the end of this month, it appears the agency has exhausted its funds for most lenders.  The SBA acknowledged earlier this week that it was not accepting applications for new loans from most lenders – but…

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Court Tosses Eviction Moratorium

A Washington DC-based federal judge has thrown out the eviction moratorium prompted by the coronavirus pandemic and imposed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) last year. The federal moratorium on residential evictions has been extended three times since it was first implemented under President Trump last September, was most recently extended by President Biden…

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DOL Withdraws Gig Worker Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) officially rescinded the Trump-era independent contractor rule, which gave employers more leeway in classifying gig workers as independent contractors rather than employees. Announcing the decision, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh categorized the decision as helping to “preserve essential worker rights and stop the erosion of worker protections that would have…

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Upcoming DDIFO Webinar

As we look toward possibly being able to host some in-person meetings in the near future, we continue to schedule timely and informative regular webinars for your benefit. Our next presentation in the DDIFO Wednesday Webinar Series will be held next Wednesday, May 12. Beginning at 2:00 PM EDT, we’ll present, “7 Facts About Background…

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Fighting the Labor Shortage

With many small businesses continuing to struggle to get the workers it needs to get their business – and state economies – back on track, some states are trying to recreate a work-favorable environment again. Montana governor Greg Gianforte is leading the way with a most creative approach to addressing the current labor shortage in…

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