Independent Joe #62 May/June 2021

What a difference a day makes. Or to update that rhetorical message, what a difference three months makes. Yes, it was just three short months ago when states like Florida, Texas, Arizona and a host of others across the south and southwest were seemingly enjoying some inexplicable level of immunity from the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses…

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Court Decisions of Note

Speaking of sexual harassment, the Minnesota Supreme Court early this month upheld the standard of “severe and pervasive” as applies to a threshold determination of sexual harassment claims, but it also whittled away some of the standard’s foundation. The court pronounced the Minnesota Human Rights Act more expansive and protective than federal Title VII protections…

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Covid-19: Navigating the New Normal

In our lifetimes, we haven’t seen anything quite like the coronavirus pandemic. It is a fast-moving phenomenon that makes it hard to predict what will happen in a day, let alone a week or a month. As the nation shifted into a near quarantine in response to the outbreak, Dunkin’ franchise owners changed the way…

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Covid-19: The Legal Side of Business Interruption Issues

Covid-19 has thrown our way of living into treacherous and unchartered waters. We recognize that the impact to your business and your family is severe and broad. Through no fault of your own, you could be facing dire financial circumstances. The pain inflicted on businesses is as widespread as it is deep. It is critical…

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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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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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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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