Change Takes Time, But Arriving

It has been over seven months since Donald Trump was elected President and during that time, we have watched the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continue its pro-union, anti-business march, knowing all the while that gradual but steady change would come with the new administration. Well this week, another phase of that change took place…

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Change and Court Overturn NLRB

Nothing could be more indicative that ‘change is in the air’, than the decision this week by the Department of Justice to change sides in the legal wrangle over Murphy Oil v NLRB, a 6 year old case on the validity of employment contracts that require a waiver of employee class action rights. Under the…

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Congress Hears More on Paid Leave

President Trump’s daughter and key advisor, Ivanka Trump, was discussing paid leave with Senators this week, explaining changes that the administration would endorse in pending paid leave proposals. The current plan put forth by republicans would give employees the option to contribute tax-free dollars to a Parental Savings Account from which funds could be withdrawn…

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Paid Leave, Wage Trigger Approaching

The July 4th holiday may be one we all look forward to, but please be aware that July 1st is the trigger date for a number of new minimum wage increases as well as paid leave mandates in cities, counties and states around the country. This following listing is nowhere near all-inclusive, but just some…

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Different Views of Soda Taxes, Predictive Scheduling

Despite the fact that revenues from the Philadelphia soda tax appear to have been overpromised and are now under-delivering, and the roll-out of the new soda tax in Cook County, Illinois was an unmitigated disaster, the idea continues to grow in popularity. This week, Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Revenue took testimony on a new…

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Right to Work

Pennsylvania lawmakers may be looking at correcting the Philadelphia soda tax debacle, but the Pennsylvania Governor is apparently focused more on pleasing the labor unions in the Keystone State. Governor Tom Wolf headlined a rally in Harrisburg this week with the state Conference of Teamsters to oppose a couple of right to work proposals moving…

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Good for the Goose, Not the Gander

As we’ve advised over recent months, under the banner of pay equity, many more cities and states have begun prohibiting employment questions about an applicant’s salary history and that ripple continues. Most recently, the state of Delaware has joined the list of those banning any salary history questions! But now comes California, which long ago…

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Franchisee Association Sues!

No, not us! The Great White North Franchisee Association (GWNFA), a new organization representing the interests of Tim Horton’s franchise owners, has filed a lawsuit seeking class action status against Restaurant Brands International. The lawsuit alleges that RBI, which purchased the Tim Horton’s chain just under 3 years ago, has been collecting funds from Tim’s…

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O, My Miscellaneous!

We want to wish the best of luck to the Leyton Orient Football Club of the English Football League and their new owner, Nigel Travis! The Chairman and CEO of Dunkin’ Brands, a self-proclaimed “lifelong” O’s fan, Travis headed up a consortium that just bought the soccer club from Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti. Travis has…

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House Hearing Targets NLRB Rules

The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions subcommittee of the House Education and Workforce Committee held a hearing Wednesday on three specific bills that target Obama-era guidelines promulgated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Ostensibly, the legislation seeks to rescind the ambush election rules along with others that unfairly improve the chances for labor unions…

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