Committees OK FAST Recovery Act

California continues to step on small businessmen and women with impunity, but this latest effort may be its most egregious yet! Over the past 2 weeks, two separate legislative committees within the state Assembly have approved AB 257, the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act (FAST Recovery Act). The legislation, sponsored by Chairperson of…

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OSHA Clarifies Adverse Reaction Reports

In a similar vein, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) this week clarified the obligation of employers to report an adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine. In its latest Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) posting, OSHA added a fourth requirement to its guidance on determining whether an adverse reaction is recordable. The new additional requirement…

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States Tee Up More Employment Laws

A quick glance at some of the legislation pending in the current legislative sessions – which have mostly just begun – give us some cause for concern in a number of states. California, of course, has a selection of bills pending that would be largely detrimental to business interests. Perhaps most egregious is a bill…

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Ohio Modifies Employment Discrimination Law

Concluding a long two-decade endeavor by Ohio business interests, Governor Mike DeWine this week signed House Bill 352 into law in the Buckeye State. The legislation, which has been strongly pushed for years by the defense bar as well as business advocates, reduces the statute of limitation on complaints of discrimination within the workplace. Previously,…

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Upcoming CFA Webinar

DDIFO is happy to again host an exceptional Coalition of Franchisee Associations webinar next Tuesday, September 22 from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 Eastern time. The program, entitled Conflict Resolution During COVID: How to Handle Employee and Customer Challenges, will feature J. Hagood Tighe and Andria Ryan, attorneys specializing in labor and employment law at national…

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Federal Ban the Box Mandate Coming

It seems the federal government is slowly joining the many states, cities and counties around the country that are prohibiting employer questions about criminal activities in a job applicant’s history until a conditional job offer has been extended. With passage of the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act in December (incorporated in the Defense…

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Miscellaneous

Starbucks recently reached a $176,000 three-year settlement agreement with New York City for violating NYC employment laws by requiring employees to find their own substitutes when they took sick leave. Announcing the settlement, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio and other city officials said the chain must also prominently post education posters explaining the city sick…

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Employer Liability for Marijuana Termination

Although it is still very much a developing body of law, employers must be especially cautious in the actions they take against employees who may be legally using marijuana for medical purposes. In the first state or federal decision in Pennsylvania, the Court of Common Pleas in Scranton allowed a lawsuit to proceed against the…

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Expansive California Bill is Battleground

California Assembly Bill 5 has certainly served to generate significant controversy across many, if not most, industries in the Golden State. AB-5, which has already passed the state Assembly, would codify a California Supreme Court decision (Dynamex Operations West) decided in April 2018. In Dynamex, the state’s highest court established that all workers are essentially…

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Now Just A Few Days Away!

The 2019 Northeast Regional DDIFO Meeting will be held next Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham, Massachusetts. You only have days to register to attend The NextGen Store – From Finance to Staffing and Beyond!  The program will feature Attorney Dan Field of the Boston law firm of Morgan Brown…

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