DOL Officially Rescinds Joint Employer

As we warned just about one month ago, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced last week that it had officially rescinded the Trump administration definition of joint employer. An array of Democrat Attorney Generals had filed a number of lawsuits (some were successful and are on appeal) challenging several provisions of the Trump-era joint…

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Tipping and The Minimum Wage

It seems there are some out there who refuse to acknowledge that the tip credit and the minimum wage can and should be allowed to peacefully co-exist. As a case in point, in the wake of President Biden’s Executive Order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour, DOL issued a proposed…

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Fair Chance Laws and Criminal Background Checks

New York City and the state of Maine aren’t usually packaged together relating political issues, but they are both tightening up employer options regarding criminal background checks. New York City of course, already restricted an employer’s ability to inquire into an applicant’s criminal history, but back in January, passed additional amendments that just took effect…

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DDIFO Webinar

From the ongoing effects of the COVID pandemic, unemployment premium payments and competing with the “gig economy”, the quick service restaurant industry continues to face crucial labor shortages on top of high employee turnover rates. Addressing Recruitment & Turnover Challenges in 2021: How earned wage access is changing the QSR industry! will be held on…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Our DDIFO Restaurant Analyst, John Gordon of Pacific Management Consulting Group, picked up on some interesting points in an article ostensibly on Starbucks and the comeback of coffee sales from the pandemic (judging by the headline) that also unofficially showed number of visits per month to Dunkin’ rising and outperforming both Starbucks and Panera for…

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Consumer and Economic Trends

According to the monthly Survey of Consumers conducted by the University of Michigan, consumer sentiment fell by 4.3 points in July compared to June numbers. Unease about the economy was concentrated on inflation as consumers face higher prices, notably on homes, vehicles, and household durable goods. A separate poll, conducted by the Job Creators Network…

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No Small Regular No Sugar! Next Week

We will be off on a brief vacation next week and as a result, will not be publishing an issue of Small Regular No Sugar! next Friday. Rather, our next issue will be out the week after, coming to your Inbox on Friday, August 20. We thank you for your understanding and wish you all…

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SBA Launches PPP Forgiveness Portal

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) this week officially launched its new streamlined Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness portal, for loan recipients of $150,000 or less in 2nd draw PPP funding. The program will open to the broader general public on Wednesday of this week, August 4. Although at the present time, the forgiveness portal…

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Billions Remain in EIDL Program

Notwithstanding the end of the Paycheck Protection Program and the launch of the forgiveness portal as detailed above, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) still has more than $27 billion left in its Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance (EIDL) grant program months after the program launched. Notwithstanding the availability of billions more in funding,…

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Senate Confirms Abruzzo

Last week, the U.S. Senate confirmed attorney Jennifer Abruzzo as the new General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Abruzzo, who was nominated for the post by President Biden back in mid-February, needed Vice President Kamala Harris to break a 50-50 tie along party lines in the Senate. Although she most recently served…

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