Calmer Seas for Acosta

For the past few months, we’ve reported regularly on the ups and downs of former Trump Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder and the ultimately successful effort to derail his appointment. Early indications are that the new nominee for the business-critical post, Alexander Acosta, (here is a story on his time on the National Labor Relations…

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Not a Moment Too Soon

It was reported this week that the Trump administration is looking at filling the two empty seats on the National Labor Relations Board soon, thereby creating a republican majority on the 5-member independent agency for the first time since 2008. The likely shift that a full complement of Directors would bring about could not be…

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Justice Wins Delay in OT Appeal

Touted as a major accomplishment of the Obama administration, the new overtime rule was permanently enjoined by a Texas court, a decision that was promptly appealed by the Department of Justice under President Obama. Now, with President Trump in the White House, the likelihood of that appeal continuing is seriously diminished.  In fact, just this…

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Congress Releases ACA Replacement Parameters

They’re not yet ready to completely dismantle Obama Care, but Congress is steadily moving the ball in that direction. Last week, Congressional republicans unveiled a 19-page Policy Brief and Resources Report that establishes the parameters they will use in repealing and replacing the signature accomplishment of the Obama administration. The document, formally released to the…

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Florida Franchising Bill Up For Hearing

The Florida Protect Small Business Act, filed by Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Jason Brodeur, has been assigned to the Committee on Regulated Industries and will be subject to a public hearing once the legislative session begins in earnest at the beginning of March. Although we do not yet have a specific date and time…

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Employment Battles Continue as More States Preempt

A growing number of states around the nation are exercising control of minimum wages by preempting the establishment of local minimums, paid sick leave and other employment mandates, according to a new report. In “City Rights in an Era of Preemption”, the National League of Cities laments the proliferation of state preemption and alleges that…

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New Hampshire Kills Right-To-Work Effort

It was a good fight, but in the end, the New Hampshire House of Representatives blocked one of new Governor Chris Sununu’s major priorities when it voted down republican-endorsed Right-to-Work legislation by a vote of 200 – 177. The issue will be dead for the entirety of the Governor’s first 2-year term (New Hampshire &…

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CFA Day Forum Right Around the Corner

The 2017 CFA Day Forum is rapidly approaching and franchisees should be anxious to attend the event on March 15 as Chairwoman Virginia Foxx of North Carolina will be one of the featured speakers!  A great friend of small business, Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th congressional district and is the new chair of the House…

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Some Dates To Take Note Of

There are a couple of important dates upcoming that might have slipped under the radar and we want to be sure you are aware of them – for small business owners across the country, March 2, 2017 is the last date of the extended deadline for delivery of the 2016 Form 1095-C to your employees;…

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Miscellaneous

One of the bigger news items this week was the $1.8 Billion acquisition of Popeyes by Tim Horton’s and Burger King parent, Restaurant Brands International. That announcement was followed shortly thereafter by another confirming that the acquisition was being investigated for possible breaches of fiduciary duty! Notwithstanding, both of those items have received plenty of…

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