Coronavirus and its Impact on Employers

In response to the recent coronavirus outbreak, employers everywhere are striving to limit the risk of exposure in the workplace. That means implementing workplace precautions, ensuring that sick leave policies and practices are effectively communicated to employees and familiarizing yourself with state and federal laws. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the…

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From the Executive Director: Striking Out Cheaters

Before the coronavirus worsened and jeopardized the 2020 baseball season, there was much discussion about the Houston Astros and the sign-stealing scandal that may have fueled their 2017 World Series Championship. Since the scandal broke, a number of people have lost their jobs, including the Astros manager and general manager, as well as the manager…

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A Tennessee Titan: Nashville’s Rise to Big League Prominence

This October, DDIFO will host the annual National Conference at the famed Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. It is our first visit to this super-popular southern city and we are excited to get there. Over the next few issues of Independent Joe, we will feature stories about Nashville, its people and its business community. We…

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Inside Opryland: A Hotel unlike Any Other

The Gaylord Opryland Hotel has a long and storied history. Initially designed to emulate a southern estate, the Opryland Hotel opened to much fanfare on Thanksgiving Day, 1977. During the 1980s, the property expanded in size by two acres and added more than 1,200 guest rooms, a garden conservatory and waterfalls. And in the 1990s,…

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Independent Joe #60 February/March 2020

Before the coronavirus worsened and jeopardized the 2020 baseball season, there was much discussion about the Houston Astros and the sign-stealing scandal that may have fueled their 2017 World Series Championship. Since the scandal broke, a number of people have lost their jobs, including the Astros manager and general manager, as well as the manager…

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Will America Run on Plants?

Dunkin’ and Other Chains Assessing “Meatless” Performance When Dunkin’ tested the Beyond Sausage sandwich in Manhattan in 2019, customer reaction exceeded expectations. The meat-free breakfast sandwich – yielding 10g of plant-based protein – became a welcome addition to the menu at 9,000 Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide. That debut into plant-based fare, along with the brand’s 2019…

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