Virginia OKs COVID-19 Employee Health/Safety Standard

The Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board has voted to approve a Final Permanent Standard (Final Standard) related to COVID-19. It is anticipated that Governor Northam will soon approve the Final Standard, which sets forth health and safety requirements related to COVID-19 for all Virginia employers and is expected become effective on January 27, 2021.…

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Some States Considering Their Own Liability Shields

Notwithstanding continuing unfulfilled promises of business liability shields from COVID lawsuits at the federal level, a number of additional states are now considering implementing their own liability shields at the state level. Currently, both Indiana and Florida are considering bills filed for the new legislative sessions that would provide a level of immunity from potentially…

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More States Stepping Up with Relief Programs

Although they may not be offering immunity, a number of other states are offering additional business assistance programs and loosening their purse strings with more funds for business relief. In that vein, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy signed legislation last week that provides up to $14 billion in corporate tax relief to businesses in the…

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Ohio Modifies Employment Discrimination Law

Concluding a long two-decade endeavor by Ohio business interests, Governor Mike DeWine this week signed House Bill 352 into law in the Buckeye State. The legislation, which has been strongly pushed for years by the defense bar as well as business advocates, reduces the statute of limitation on complaints of discrimination within the workplace. Previously,…

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Massachusetts PFML Reporting Deadline is January 31

When Massachusetts enacted Paid Family and Medical Leave, it also created a whole new bureaucracy to manage the new benefit, the Department of Family and Medical Leave. And as we know too well, with each new bureaucracy comes a plethora of regulations, red tape and reporting deadlines. It is in that vein that we want…

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Boston Mayor, RI Governor Join Biden Team

President-elect Joseph Biden named two elected officials from New England to his Cabinet yesterday with the appointments of Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo as incoming Commerce Secretary and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as Secretary of Labor. Both positions will require Senate confirmation. In her 6th year as governor of the Ocean State and the first…

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New York City Keeps Piling On

Apparently incapable of recognizing the unprecedented difficulties that fast food franchisees are facing throughout the course of the coronavirus pandemic, New York City seems intent on adding misery to misery. Just before the Christmas holiday, the New York City Council passed a pair of bills targeting franchised fast food chains. The first – and perhaps…

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An Entrepreneurial Family

As a franchise broker in the San Francisco Bay area, Ellen Hui knows a thing or two about evaluating a good franchise opportunity. She helps potential buyers assess opportunities, get their financial house in order, and understand the big picture of different franchise organizations. She also provides business valuations for retiring franchise owners, helping them…

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DDIFO Joins Other Franchise Associations in Legal Challenge of California’s AB-5 Law

Last year roughly 653,000 businesses left California for greener and more business-friendly pastures. More recently, California voters soundly rejected the Proposition 22 ballot initiative, which would have classified app-based drivers as employees instead of independent contractors. This was a direct response to the hotly contested state law known as AB-5, which attempts to codify the…

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Independent Joe #65 December 2020/January 2021

 There’s a story that many of us in the Association Management profession hear when we first enter the field. It is generally told to underscore the importance of volunteerism and illustrate that associations need to rely on the engagement of their members to ensure their success. It goes like this. There were four people…

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