Municipal Mayhem

There was more municipal government action elsewhere on the west coast this week detrimental to small business interests as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously gave its approval to the so-called Retail Workers Bill of Rights, a package of legislation that will dramatically alter retail employee scheduling rules and other facets of the employer-employee…

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Class Action Brought Against Dunkin’ Franchisee in Pittsburgh

As if these stories are all somehow related, class action lawsuits against Home Depot are one thing, but yesterday, we learned of a proposed class action suit filed in Pennsylvania federal court last week alleging that a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee incorrectly categorized several assistant managers as overtime-exempt employees.  The proposed class, consisting of at least…

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Medical Marijuana and the Workplace: Increasing number of states provide  employees protection for legal pot use

Guest Column By Daniel S. Field and Andrea E. Zoia In the mid-1990’s, California became the first state in the country to allow the use of marijuana for medical reasons. Although the effectiveness of marijuana in treating many medical conditions has not been established, an increasing number of states have nevertheless followed California’s lead and…

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My Perspective: Summer Help

Mother Nature played some cruel tricks on us this spring and, for a time, some fellow NJ franchisees and I wanted to drive out to Punxsutawney PA and have a “discussion” with that groundhog Phil. Nevertheless, the warm weather is upon us, schools are letting out for summer and kids are out in force looking…

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Massachusetts Bill Would Prohibit Social Media Inquiries

More along the lines of restricting employers’ abilities to learn as much about their job applicants as they may deem appropriate, a proposal passed in the Massachusetts state Senate as an amendment to the state budget would prohibit an employer from asking for access to an employee or applicant’s social media pages.  The issue had…

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Connecticut Kills Proposed Employer Tax

The Connecticut House Committee on Finance Revenue and Bonding defeated an effort to move forward H 5069, An Act Concerning Law Wage Employees, which would have imposed an additional tax on certain employers of lower wage individuals.  This bill, which we reported on to you back in February, would have penalized employers with an additional…

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McDonalds Sued On Overtime and Other Employee Allegations

Any members who aren’t too worried about whether or how the President’s overtime order should pay special attention to the fact that McDonalds was sued this week by a number of employees in California, Michigan and New York.  The class action lawsuits filed in both federal and state courts claimed that the “Golden Arches” were…

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2014 Northeast Regional Meeting Program Agenda

Register Now 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM  Quarterly Meeting, DDIFO Board of Directors (All are welcome!) 2:00 – 2:30 PM     Welcome – Ed Shanahan, Executive Director, DDIFO “Re-charting the Organizational Course – For Maximum Impact!” A presentation on the current state of the organization and it future direction.  Mr. Shanahan will speak to some of the…

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