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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Using Expired I-9 Forms

On the surface, it might not seem like good advice to use a government form that’s expired, but in the absence of an updated one, that is exactly what we recommend. Although the current Employment Eligibility Form, or the-9 form as it is customarily known, specifically states that it expired on August 31 of this…

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Upcoming Events

Dunkin’ franchisees in the Northeast will want to mark your calendars for the Northeast Regional DDIFO meeting at the Sheraton Needham Hotel (Needham, Massachusetts) on Tuesday, April 23. The meeting, scheduled to run from 11:30 AM until 3:00 PM, will feature Attorney Dan Field, partner with Boston employment law firm Morgan, Brown & Joy, along…

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Don’t Risk Your Network!

There’s only days left to register for our regional meeting in New Jersey on Tuesday, December 4 at the Doubletree Hotel Newark Airport. The program will feature experts on three major subject areas – each of which can play a significant role in reducing your business risk. The program will include employment law expert Attorney…

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Don’t Risk Your Network!

As evidenced here weekly in Small Regular No Sugar!, employment law issues and tax obligations can have a major impact on the success of your business. DDIFO will sponsor a regional meeting in New Jersey on Tuesday, December 4 at the Doubletree Hotel Newark Airport providing you with guidance on new tax obligations and employment…

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Illinois Requires Paid Breaks for Nursing Mothers

Just a month ago, Illinois expanded the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act to require employers to provide paid breaks for nursing mothers to express breast milk. The law now provides that a nursing mother who needs to express milk for her nursing infant child is entitled to a paid break “each time the employee…

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Poster Requirements

We want to ensure our members and other subscribers are aware that all employers must post certain federal and state notices & posters. At the federal level, an employer with fewer than 50 employees must post these 5 notices: Fair Labor Standards Act; Employee Polygraph Protection Act; Equal Employment Opportunity; Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment…

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Massachusetts Restricts Non-compete Clauses

At the close of the legislative session, Massachusetts lawmakers passed a law prohibiting the use of non-compete agreements for certain employees and dramatically restricted their use for others. The Massachusetts Non-competition Agreement Act – Section 21 of the Economic Stimulus bill was signed into law last week by Governor Charlie Baker and, effective October 1,…

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Employment Law Enforcement Office

Believe me when I tell you, nothing good will come out of a proposal in the Chicago Board of Alderman to create a new Office of Labor Standards that would be charged with enforcing minimum wage and paid sick leave laws in the Windy City. Alderman Ameya Pawar is the lead sponsor among 35 others…

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Harvey & Irma Troubles Continue

Last week’s Hurricane Harvey left unimaginable damage and destruction in Texas and parts of Louisiana. Following closely on its heels, the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma in the southeast United States has us all praying for those who have and will be devastated by the fury of Mother Nature. In no way to minimize the…

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