Dunkin’ Doings

Congratulations are again in order for a couple of individuals and a company within the Dunkin’ system. First off, congrats to franchisee Rob Branca on his election to the Board of Directors for the International Franchise Association (IFA). Rob was elected to the Board last week along with seven other new Directors, two of whom…

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Competitor News

Strange bedfellows indeed! This week, McDonalds announced a partnership with Krispy Kreme for a limited time where the burger giant will be serving Krispy Kreme donuts in a select number of stores. The trial partnership is centered on Louisville, Kentucky, where beginning Tuesday of next week, nine stores will offer three varieties of Krispy Kreme…

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DDIFO Webinar

Take note that our next webinar in the DDIFO Wednesday Webinar series will be held next week. On Wednesday, October 26,2022, beginning at 1:00 PM EST, we’ll sponsor a timely and informative program entitled Tax Advantages Through Real Estate featuring Advantage Wealth Solutions President Kyle Kadish along with Mike Packman, the founder of Keystone National…

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Expiring Form I-9 Remains Valid

This week, we received an advisory from the United States Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS). In it, the USCIS acknowledged that all current iterations of the Employment Eligibility Verification form, Form I-9, (English, Basic and Spanish) contain an expiration date of October 31, 2022 – just two weeks away. Notwithstanding, employers should continue using the…

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IRS Amends Health Care Rules

Earlier this week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a final rule changing the way health care insurance affordability is determined for coverage of an employee’s family members. Beginning with the 2023 Plan Year, if an employee has an offer of employer-sponsored coverage that extends to the employee’s family members, the affordability of that offer…

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Court Strikes EEOC Guidance

A federal judge in Texas has invalidated a non-binding guidance issued unilaterally by Chairwoman Charlotte Burrows of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding LGBTQ rights in the workplace. The guidance, issued in June 2021, advised that employees must be allowed to use a restroom that corresponds with their gender identity and that regularly using…

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Unionizing at Starbucks

The saga over unionizing at Starbucks continues with a decision coming down from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) last Friday where the company was found to have illegally fired an employee in Michigan for participating in union activism and in a labor board proceeding. The NLRB administrative judge who heard the complaint ordered Starbucks…

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NLRB OKs Dues after Contracts Expire

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reversed another long-standing policy relating the payment of union dues. Two weeks ago, the agency determined that the “dues checkoff” provision of a collective bargaining agreement remains intact even after the agreement expires and can then only be eliminated through future collective bargaining negotiations! The checkoff provision requires…

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DOL Unveils New Classification Rule

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has unveiled a new proposed rule that would again change the requirements for determining a worker’s classification as an employee versus contractor. The proposed rule, which was published in the Federal Register yesterday, is very similar to one that had been adopted…

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2022 Ballot Questions: Right to Work

We’ve emphasized in this space before the importance of getting out to vote and that elections do indeed have consequences. As the 2022 midterm elections come into greater focus, it’s important to take a look around at some of the ballot initiatives that voters will be deciding in a few weeks. On many topics, Illinois…

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