DDIFO Webinar

With the resurgence of COVID in some regions around the country continues to hamper in-person meetings, DDIFO with help from our Business Members continues to bring you valuable and timely information with our Business Member Webinars. Our next webinar, On-line Pay & Financial Education as Employee Benefits, will be held on Tuesday, August 17 from…

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Paid Leave, Pregnancy, Wage Theft, +

Passed as part of the 2023 state budget, New Hampshire now has a paid sick leave program with the state paying the premium for state employees while private employers and employees may opt-in, at a price. Under the plan, which will pay benefits up to 60 percent of an employee’s wages for up to six…

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“Hero Pay” Lawsuit Dismissed

As the idea of “Hero Pay”, an hourly premium paid to front-line grocery and retail workers during the existence of a public emergency, gains traction around the country (hazard pay ordinances are in effect in Berkeley, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and a host of other California cities as well as in Seattle),…

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New York Requires Paid Voter Leave

As we get closer to the November 3 presidential election, employers must be aware of and complying with their responsibilities to allow their employees time to go to the polls and vote. In fact, some states and municipalities require that workers be given paid time off to exercise their civic duty. The state of New…

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Outside COVID-19, More New Mandates

Although most businessmen and women during the past three months of the coronavirus pandemic have rightly focused on keeping their business operating or how to get their business back in operation when the shutdown ends, some in government have continued to focus their energies on what new dictates they can legislate on others. Washington DC…

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Paid Sick Leave Without the Mandate

Regardless of the prospect of government mandates, a number of private businesses have recently decided for their own reasons (coronavirus or otherwise) to provide paid sick leave benefits to their employees.  Darden Restaurants, parent company of the Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Capital Grille and other brands, announced this week that it will now provide paid…

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Minimum Wages Hikes Have an Impact

On the positive side of the ledger, one can point to the first increase in the median real wage for US workers in quite some time. But, there’s also a flip side to that coin, and it is taking a toll on restaurants in major cities such as New York City and San Francisco. The…

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Paid Family Leave at the Forefront

New York’s Junior US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was the latest to throw her hat in the 2020 presidential test pool this week with her announcement that she had formed a presidential exploratory committee. More importantly to small business interests, in her late night TV show announcement, she highlighted paid family leave among a host of…

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Starbucks Expands Employee Benefits

Starbucks Corporation has joined the chorus of companies increasing their employee benefits program in some manner or other in the face of a historically tight labor market. The Seattle-based company announced that it is expanding its child care coverage for employees and significantly subsidizing the benefit for its 180,000 employees. Under the new plan, employees…

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Discount Meals Don’t Violate FLSA

The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling in Rodriguez v Taco Bell Corp. that requiring employees to eat employer-discounted meals in the restaurant violates neither the US Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or California Employment Law. Taco Bell offers its employees discounted meals for their required 30-minute meal breaks…

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