Independent Joe #61 April/May 2020

Every two months, the staff at DDIFO convenes an editorial meeting to decide the theme, focus and content of the next issue of Independent Joe. As we contemplate and discuss various possibilities, we do so with one eye on the timeliness of the potential subject matter. Our discussions are always geared toward which subjects could…

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NRA Launches Restaurants Act Website

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has launched a new industry website geared to COVID-19 related education and industry advocacy. Restaurantsact.com, managed by the NRA, is a veritable one-stop hub of critical information for restaurants, employees, customers and industry partners. It offers an exceptional interactive map of each state across the country as well as the…

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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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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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Coronavirus Context

With the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the actions taken across the board by federal, state and local governments as well as businesses, sports leagues, educational institutions and others, ‘all the news that’s fit to print’ seems to involve the recently declared pandemic in some shape, manner or form. Historically, we have tried with…

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