Dismantling Obama ‘Legacy’

Notwithstanding the failure to ‘repeal and replace’ Obama Care with the American Health Care Act last week, the Obama legacy is in large measure being steadily and systematically dismantled by Congress and President Trump. This past week, the President signed a number of CRA (Congressional Review Act) resolutions into law – the first blocks an…

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Acosta Approved by Committee

The likelihood of the Trump administration finally getting a new Secretary of Labor in place took a major step forward this week with the approval of Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta by the Senate Committee on Health Employment Labor and Pensions (HELP). The committee recommended his confirmation yesterday by a party-line vote of 12 –…

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DC Circuit Overturns NLRB

Speaking of labor and labor-centric issues, last week the DC Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an NLRB decision where the agency had ruled that workers could not revoke “dues checkoff” authorizations (which allows an employer to deduct union dues directly from the paychecks of union members) between the expiration of a union contract and the…

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West Virginia Governor Vetoes Right To Work Fix

West Virginia passed right-to-work legislation just over one year ago, becoming the 26th state to do so, but there seemed to be a problem with their drafting. A judicial challenge was initiated against the law by the West Virginia AFL-CIO and 11 other local unions in which labor alleged that the law constituted an illegal…

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Baltimore Vetoes Minimum Wage; States Preempt

One could say business interests won a couple of battles this week on the issue of minimum wage increases across the country. First, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed a local ordinance that would have set a Baltimore minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2022. Maryland law provides that the current minimum of $8.75 increase…

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Florida Hearing Set for Tuesday

The delayed public hearing on the Protect Florida Small Business Act, which will restore some semblance of balance to the franchisee-franchisor relationship in Florida is now set for this coming Tuesday, April 4 between 4:00-6:00 PM in the state capitol in Tallahassee. The bill (SB 750) will be heard by the Florida Senate Committee on…

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CFA Lobby Day and Forum Rescheduled

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations has announced that the CFA Lobby Day and Forum in Washington DC has been rescheduled for October 25-26 and they’ve kept the same great programming. An updated schedule of events is available with the event beginning with a congressional reception on Wednesday, October 25, followed by a day on the…

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Paid Leave To “Stick It” To Taxpayers

Let’s hope it doesn’t become a trend, but paid leave advocates in Sweden elevated the paid leave issue to a whole new level last month with a proposal by Councilor Per-Erik Muskos from the northern town of Overtornea. Councilor Muskos filed a proposal, apparently with a straight face, to grant municipal employees an hour of…

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Miscellaneous

We want to offer well-deserved congratulations to National DCP CEO Scott Carter on his selection by Food Logistics as one of its Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award winners for 2017. Carter was credited specifically with generating more than $340 million in cumulative savings for members and improving perfect order metrics by more than…

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NLRB General Counsel Illegally Appointed

The US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued the final word this week on President Obama’s appointment of Lafe Solomon as acting NLRB General Counsel back in 2010: the appointment was against the law! A quick summary, Lafe Solomon was named acting NLRB General Counsel by President Obama back in June, 2010 and formally nominated for the…

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