Next Up is EEOC

With the changeover pretty much complete at the National Labor Relations Board, it would appear that the focus of the Trump administration to change the government’s long-simmering anti-business mindset has now turned to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Over the past few weeks, confirmation hearings for the agency charged with enforcement of the nation’s anti-discrimination…

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The Tide Turns

The Cook County soda tax is going the way of 1917 national predecessor, repealed! The effort first got its real momentum a few weeks ago and then a budget deal was reached last week that cut the tax from the county budget. Tuesday, the County Finance Committee endorsed the repeal effort by a vote of…

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Only Three Weeks To Go

That’s right, the 2017 DDIFO National Conference on October 30 & 31 at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut is now only three weeks away and you won’t want to miss the outstanding line–up of speakers we have waiting for you!! Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs will open the conference on Monday,…

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MA Retailers Push Tax Cut

In Massachusetts, one of the blue-est of blue states, it may be the ultimate longshot, but the Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM) is undeterred and moving forward with a ballot initiative to lower the state sales tax. Currently pegged at 6.25 percent, the state sales tax would drop to 5% effective January 2018 if the…

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DC Hears Universal Paid Leave Amendments

Although it passed and Mayor Muriel Bowser let it become law without her signature almost one year ago, the DC Universal Paid Leave Act (UPLA) was back before the body this week. The council Tuesday took testimony on 5 different proposals to amend the mandate in some shape, manner or form. Primary among the proposals…

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Montgomery Council To Delay $15 Minimum

Just outside DC, the Montgomery County Council’s Health and Human Services Committee voted Monday to delay implementation of a minimum wage increase from the current $11.50 to $15 an hour. In January, the Council approved legislation that raised the hourly minimum to $15 minimum by 2020 for most businesses and by 2022 for businesses with…

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Weather Woes?

While the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma was clearly evident in Texas and Florida, September US restaurant QSR sales improved a bit versus the trend. In the tracker (some DD units included), monthly US comp sales were up .3%, with average ticket up plus 2.3% and traffic down 2.0%. Sales improved the last two…

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Disaster Relief Signed Into Law

Last Friday, President Trump signed into law the Disaster Relief and Airport and Airway Expansion Act of 2017. Don’t let the airport references in the title fool you, the significance of this bill for small business owners is the relief it provides for those whose businesses were devastated by recent Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The…

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Joint-Employer Revision Advances in House

One committee in Congress also moved to address a ‘disaster’ of a different sort this week when it gave formal approval to H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act. On a party-line vote of 23 – 17, the House Education and the Workforce Committee advances the bill, which narrows the extent to which certain businesses…

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NLRB Counsel Corrects Answer to SCOTUS

The author of the aforementioned expansion of the joint-employer definition, lame-duck NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin sent a letter to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) this week to clarify and correct “a series of inaccurate answers” he gave during oral arguments on Monday in the case of NLRB v. Murphy’s Oil. The issue in…

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