Independent Joe #63 August/September 2020

As job requirements go, these are unusual by most standards. Candidates must complete a rigorous six to 18 month-long training program, possess the skill and experience to spread joy wherever they go and, yes, have a wagging tail. That’s just some of what it takes to become a service dog for the Dunkin’ Joy in…

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And on the Flipside, There’s DC

Taking a different tack, the DC City Council on July 28 passed and the Mayor signed the Protecting Businesses and Workers from COVID-19 Emergency Amendment Act of 2020. This new law mandated that employers within the Nation’s Capital implement new social distancing measures and worker protection policies within one week, by August 20. Further, it…

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Wisconsin Employers Must Submit by Tomorrow

There’s precious little time, but the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has given employers a deadline of tomorrow, August 15, 2020 to fill out and submit Form UCB-18823-E for employees who filed their initial COVID-19 related unemployment claims for weeks after May 15, 2020. The department recently announced that employers must move quickly to…

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DDIFO Webinars Upcoming

In a recent survey we sent out, Dunkin’ franchisees indicated that they wanted us to sponsor webinars on a regular basis on a variety of topics. You asked, so we’ve responded! And we’ve got a few more lined up over the next several weeks. “Employee COVID Screenings: Tools, Compliance Tips and Best Practices for Franchise…

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Congress Needs Your Input on Next Relief Bill

If you’ve already reached out to your congressman and advocated for needed amendments to the HEALS Act, thank you. If you haven’t, then we need you to do so ASAP!!  As we advised this week in an Action Alert Membership Update sent out yesterday to all members, the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools…

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NY, CT, NJ and Others Expand Travel Orders

Effective tomorrow, August 1, Massachusetts will have the most stringent travel restrictions in the nation with only 8 states being exempted. Aside from the five other New England states as well as New York, New Jersey & Hawaii, visitors to Massachusetts are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival or face $500 per day…

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Face Coverings around the Footprint

There were only a handful of locations mandating face coverings just a few months ago, but now it is more the rule than the exception. Miami-Dade and Broward Counties in Florida are just the latest to now mandate facemasks be worn in public as the virus continues to spike in a number of southern and…

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Worker Screening or Temperature Checks

As more restaurants and other business establishments re-open in phases under new rules for employee and customer safety, it is imperative that business owners stay aware of their new obligations and fully comprehend the procedures and consequences of actions and/or inactions in your state. In that vein, we would advise you that approximately half of…

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More States Granting Business Liability Shields

Although there hasn’t been any further movement to speak of on this issue at the federal level to date, more states are providing businesses with varying levels of protection from liability lawsuits stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, 7 states already have legislation on the books, two have issued executive orders protecting business and…

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Idaho Paying “Back To Work” Bonuses

Apparently in response to the federal government giving $600 bonuses to workers laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Idaho has decided to ‘see that bet and raise it’ to $1500 in order to wean the unemployed off the $600 bonus with a $1500 one. Idaho Governor Brad Little has announced the…

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