Upcoming Webinar Events

We pleased to announce a couple of new webinars have been scheduled that you may want to attend. DDIFO will host another very timely webinar sponsored by the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) on Tuesday, January 26 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST. Updates to Labor and Employment Law will feature attorney Rob Bernstein, a…

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Tax Writers Try for Extenders in COVID or Funding Bill

Although it may have seemed to be the ultimate longshot at times, Senate Finance Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) is hopeful of adding expiring tax breaks (aka tax extenders) to the omnibus appropriations bill and COVID-19 relief package coming together this week. Senator Grassley said the must-pass nature of COVID relief in particular increases the likelihood…

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Ohio Begins Workers Comp Dividend Payments

As we told you several weeks ago, the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) yesterday began paying out an aggregate $5 billion to employers across the Buck-Eye state. Over 178,000 employers will receive the dividends, which come from the surplus in the state workers compensation fund, a result of closings caused by the COVID pandemic…

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Upcoming Wednesday Webinar

As we approach the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, we’re pleased to bring you one last Wednesday Webinar in 2020. Next Wednesday, December 16 from 2 – 3 PM EST, DDIFO will host a presentation by Workstream.us entitled “Emerging from COVID Stronger with Text Recruiting”. Registration is now open and you can Register Here…

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COVID-19 Lawsuits on the Rise: 5 Steps To Minimize the Risks

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought small business numerous challenges. We can now add another to the list: Employees filing increasing numbers of COVID-19 related lawsuits. In fact, according to the Fisher Phillips Employment Litigation Tracker, as of November 1, COVID-19 related lawsuits have been filed against 950 employers. The highest number of lawsuits were filed…

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COVID Relief Talks Back in Play

As we move closer to the transition – Congressional as well as Presidential – in Washington DC, long-stalled negotiations on a new COVID-19 stimulus package gained new life. Democratic leaders quickly seemed to rally being $908 billion bipartisan proposal with an eye on winning sufficient support in the republican-led Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)…

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Independent Joe #64 October/November 2020

Smack in the middle of the COVID-challenged 2020 NFL season, Inspire Brands sealed the deal to acquire Dunkin’ Brands International for the phenomenal price of $11.3 billion. Congratulations to all the players on these two (soon to be one) teams. A new owner is taking over an established and successful franchised brand. What could possibly…

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OSHA Updates FAQ on Face Coverings

In the seemingly non-stop evolution of face covering mandates, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has again updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) guidance on face coverings, this time to coincide with CDC recommendations. In response to the posed question of whether OSHA will consider face coverings to be an integral part of…

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A Vaccine on the Way?

As we enter flu season, and likely with a COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon from at least two different pharmaceutical firms, employers should be mindful of compliance concerns regarding employees being required to receive certain vaccinations. For those who missed yesterday’s CFA Webinar (COVID-19 Sticking Points: Mandatory Vaccinations and Other Developing Issues) featuring attorneys from…

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