Newsom Signs Right-to-Recall Law

California Governor Gavin Newsom, nephew of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, last week signed Senate Bill 93 into law. The new law, remarkably similar to AB 3216, a bill he just vetoed last September because in the words of his veto message, its requirements would place “too onerous a burden on employers navigating…

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DDIFO Wednesday Webinars

After a brief respite, DDIFO has again scheduled a couple of timely and informative webinars in the coming weeks that you will want to plan on attending. In just a few weeks, on Wednesday, May 12 at 2:00 PM EDT, we’ll take a closer look at a few of the myths about background checks that…

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More Life After Dunkin’

Life after Dunkin’ involves pizzas for two former Dunkin’ employees, as Little Caesar’s this week announced the appointment Jeremy Vitaro to the new position of Chief Development Officer. Vitaro concluded an 18-year career at Dunkin’ as Vice President of U.S. Development, after serving in a number of executive roles throughout his tenure in Canton. In…

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Senator Targets Franchise Abuses

Inequity in the ‘franchise partnership’ between franchisors and the franchisee community has finally resonated with some in power – in particular, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV). In an 87-page report entitled: “Strategies to Improve the Franchise Model: Preventing Unfair and Deceptive Franchise Practices” and released by her office this week, the first-term Senator from Nevada…

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NLRB Enhancing Enforcement

National Labor Relations Board Acting General Counsel Peter Sung Ohr two weeks ago issued a new Memorandum (GC 21-03) to the NLRB field offices significantly adjusting agency enforcement priorities under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). GC 21-03 points to the increased workplace health and safety issues relating from the COVID-19 pandemic…

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Court Rejects Joint-Employer Delay

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit denied a request by the Department of Labor under President Biden to delay for 6 months, the filing of a DOL brief seeking to overturn the Trump administration rule on the joint employer issue. In the wake of the decision, DOL must still file its brief…

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PRO Act Elevated as Workers Reject Union

Tempering some of the pleasure of Amazon workers at a plant in Alabama overwhelmingly rejecting unionizing is the ongoing effort to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (the PRO Act as it is known).  With workers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer voting over the course of the seven-week representation election against…

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COVID Sick Leave Reinstated, Extended

As we (hopefully) get closer to putting the pandemic behind us, some states and cities just continue to expand coronavirus emergency measures impacting businesses. A tale of 2 cities – or more accurately, one city and one state – when it comes to expiration of the COVID-19 specific sick leave that was mandated at the…

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Virginia OT and Wages Rising

On the first of May, the minimum wage in Virginia will exceed the federal minimum for the first time, rising from the current $7.25 per hour to $9.50 an hour. The Old Dominion is one of only five that will raise their minimum wage before next January with Connecticut 8/1/21, Florida 9/1/21, Nevada 8/1/21 and…

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Expanding the Ban the Box Restriction

Late last month, Illinois Governor Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 1480, amending the Illinois Human Rights Act and expanding restrictions on the use of criminal background checks for employment purposes. The new law also obligates employers in the Land of Lincoln (who are required to file the federal EEO-1 report) to also submit equal…

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