Trump Budget Provides Fodder, Insights

With the unveiling of President Trump’s proposed budget blueprint for 2018 this week, we can more clearly see what his plans entail for a number of departments and issues across the nation – and, it provides more than enough fodder for media pundits to speculate on some possible outcomes. And, although several in Congress have…

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Paid Leave in Federal Budget, Limbo in Maryland

As we advised you last week in this space, the President included paid parental leave in his 2018 budget blueprint, recommending a process that is mandatory but not uniform, in that the final details will be left to the individual states. Trump’s budget mandates six weeks of paid parental leave (for both, mothers and fathers)…

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Minimum Wage Volatility Continues

The question of raising minimum wages at the federal, state and local levels continues to yield a broad array of answers across the country – and the debates show no signs of abating. SEIU funded Fight for $15 and other advocate groups, such as Arise Chicago, protested at various locations around the Chicago area this…

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Courts Review Obama Wellness Rules

And, it’s not only Congress looking to overturn Obama era regulations. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) last year brought a challenge against a contradiction in the treatment of employee wellness programs – employers being encouraged to offer them under the Affordable Care Act and anti-discrimination laws preventing employers from coercing their workers to…

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Senate Leader Files Depreciation Bill

Senator John Thune, the #3 ranking republican in the US Senate this week filed the Investment in New Ventures and Economic Success Today (INVEST) Act, which will simplify depreciation rules and reform key parts of the tax code allowing business owners to more quickly recover investment costs and other business expenses. The INVEST Act would…

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Tide Turning Fast At NLRB

Especially over the past several years, a majority of decisions made by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were very much labor friendly, as the Obama NLRB dramatically expanded the reach of union organizers and the restrictions on non-union business.  One particular area of expansion results directly from the Board’s Columbia decision (rendered last August),…

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SCOTUS To Decide Tip Pooling Issue

It has been a point of contention – and a source of great income for some in the plaintiff’s bar – for the past several years, but the validity and breadth of tip pooling in the restaurant industry will finally be decided when the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) hears the question this fall. In yet another…

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No Break from Massachusetts Taxes

Pregnant or not, they’ll be no reasonable accommodation that costs Massachusetts its tax dollar! The state’s House of Representatives rejected the idea of a permanent weekend tax holiday when they passed and sent the Fiscal Year 2018 budget to the Senate. Representatives rejected a proposal to forego the sales tax every year on the third…

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Right To Work Still in Play

An unlikely result is still in play in the state of Maine, as the legislature there continues to entertain a proposal to make Maine the 29th state in the union with a right-to-work law on its books. Longshot or not, right to work legislation was the subject of a raucous public hearing before the Labor,…

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