That Most Elusive Hearing

When Andy Puzder was the Labor Secretary nominee, his confirmation hearing was scheduled, postponed and rescheduled no fewer than 5 times before he withdrew from consideration on February 15 – without a hearing ever taking place!. With current nominee Alex Acosta, confirmed for other posts by the Senate on 3 different occasions, most believed it…

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NLRB Plows Ahead

Getting Acosta confirmed and in place is critical, as NLRB just keeps making headlines and its issues remain in the forefront. This week, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling by an NLRB administrative judge that an employer prematurely withdrew recognition of their union but also overturned the prescribed NLRB remedy. Employees of…

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Speaking of Joint-employer

On the issue of joint-employer, states are still looking to insulate businesses within their borders from the NLRB re-definition by codifying the traditional definition in state law. South Dakota is the latest in a string of states to enact laws limiting “joint employer”. Governor Dennis Daugaard signed Senate bill SB137 into law last week after…

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Right to Work States: 28 & Stalled

The national wave of states adopting right to work legislation hit a bump and stalled this past week when the Colorado House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted to kill Senate Bill 55, which would have prohibited any Colorado company from requiring union membership as a condition of employment. The demise of SB 55…

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When A Brand Is Sold!

As long expected, Tim Hortons Canada franchisee problems with the Burger King (RBI) franchisor have finally boiled up – with store support and supply chain problems at the fore. The franchise owners have set up an association for the first time ever and hired Canada’s leading franchisee-focused legal firm to begin corrective negotiations. All of…

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Paid Leave Surfacing Again

It has been rearing its head all around the nation for a while now, and the paid leave phenomenon got a boost when President Trump addressed Congress and told them he wanted them to pass paid family leave into law. So, with that boost, the issue continues with Maine considering adopting a version of the…

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Extending, Expanding New York Millionaire’s Tax

New York so-called “millionaire’s tax” was first adopted back in 2009 and renewed two years later in 2011. It is set to expire at the end of this year, so the effort has already begun – not just to extend the expiration date (another three year extension of the 8-year old tax), but also to…

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Northeast Regional Meeting

The DDIFO Northeast Regional Member Meeting will be held next week on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 12 Noon to 3:30 PM at the Framingham Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.  The program, “A New Direction: The Outlook on Trump, the Market & Dunkin’ Brands”, will feature small business expert, author, columnist and media…

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Miscellaneous

Regrettably, the winter storms in the mid-Atlantic this week interfered with the CFA Lobby Day and Forum, which had been scheduled for March 14 – 15 in Washington DC. The event has been postponed until October of this year. We will get the new information out to you closer to that time. We noted this…

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Redirection Underway

When elected President in 2008, Barack Obama promised to “fundamentally change America”. Eight years later, Donald Trump, after his own election promised to undo much of that Obama ‘legacy’, and with republicans in control of both the House and Senate, that effort is well underway. This week, the US Senate passed repeal of the Fair…

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