Army and Air Force Exchange

No Relief On Military Bases

The question of increasing the minimum wage on military bases around the nation now appears to be firmly decided – against fast food businesses operating under a federal service contract.  The Department of Labor has rejected requests for an exemption from the increased federal minimum wage for QSRs operating on military bases and other government…

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Labor Secretary Perez Eyed For AG

Following along that same line of thought, we are quite concerned about the notion, raised in a number of circles, that Labor Secretary Tom Perez may be nominated by President Obama to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.  Perez has impeccable credentials as a union advocate, but not so much as an impartial enforcer of…

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Weil Confirmed as Director of Wage and Hour Division

In what is an egregious appointment for franchise owners and small businessmen and women throughout the country, Boston University business school professor David Weil was confirmed by the US Senate on April 28 as the Administrator of the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.  Confirmed by a straight party line vote, Weil officially…

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US Senate May Vote On Weil This Month

The United States Senate may advance President Obama’s nomination of Professor David Weil as Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor to the floor for a confirmation vote this month.  Weil, who wrote a 2010 report for the Wage and Hour Division entitled “Improving Workplace Conditions Through Strategic Enforcement“, advocates…

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Overtime Pay Next On President’s Priority Listing

Russia may have invaded Crimea, Syria may still be in chaos as their civil war rages on, his Affordable Care Act may be devastating the health insurance of millions of Americans, and millions more may have given up looking for work in the current economic environment, but President Obama whistles past the graveyard and continues…

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More ObamaCare Changes

In the ongoing, but welcome, saga of delaying the many ObamaCare mandates on employers, we have yet another to advise you of with the September 11 decision of the Department of Labor that the federal agency will not penalize employers that do not meet the October 1 mandate that requires employers to advise employees of…

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June 28, 2013 – NLRB Appointments, Tip Pooling, Employee Payment

Supreme Court To Review NLRB Appointments – President Obama’s “recess appointments” to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which were ultimately declared illegal, continue to make news.  The three appointments, made while the Senate was still in session, were negated by the courts.  Consequently, any decisions (most of which were anti-business) by the NLRB after the…

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A virtual cup of coffee with DDIFO Executive Director Ed Shanahan

June 23, 2013 – Fair Franchising, Tip Pooling, Competitor News, Hiring Issues

More West Coast Movement on Fair Franchising – Although it is not yet over, good news continues to stream out of California on the Fair Franchising initiative.  This week, the California Assembly’s Committee on the Judiciary approved the bill on a 7-2 vote with one member absent and not voting.  The bill has now been sent to the Assembly’s Committee…

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Hurricane Sandy Should Be A Wake-Up Call for Your Critical Data

For many of us in the Northeast, Sandy was our first taste of massive destruction and outages that businesses in the South and Midwest know too well. Many franchisees lost power for over a week, faced floods, and even saw their stores and homes destroyed. Hopefully all will be rebuilt, equipment will be replaced and…

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Timely Retirement Plan Information

Ovation Payroll, one of our many active sponsor organizations, has advised us that the Department of Labor (DOL) published final regulations requiring certain retirement plan service providers to furnish fee-related information to the plan administrators of the defined benefit and/or defined contribution plans with the organizations with which they contract (the service-provider rules). In conjunction…

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