At the Federal Level

With Congress still on its “spring break”, it has been relatively quiet from a legislative and regulatory perspective at the federal level, but we noted a few items we wanted to apprise our readers of. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is celebrating Small Business Week the week after next, April 30 – May 5 with…

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Federal Sick Leave Staying

It would appear that the Trump administration is in no hurry to undo the Obama administration rule mandating paid sick leave for federal contractors, including those who operate their private businesses on federal properties. You will recall that President Obama issued an Executive Order back in 2015 that called for companies under federal contract to…

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States Still Adding Paid Sick Leave Mandates

We may not know what will ultimately happen at the federal level regarding sick leave mandates, but the writing seems to be on the wall at the state level as more states are now taking a closer look at the issue. Notwithstanding strong opposition from the business community in the state of Maine, the Legislature’s…

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Minimum Wage Hikes Hurting Restaurants

Wage hike advocates may be loath to admit it, but according to a recently released study of Yelp data on the impact of minimum wage increases on lower to middle-quality restaurants, the impact is unmistakable. Buzz-feed, which wrote up the study, reported that researchers found that a $1 increase in the minimum wage in the…

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Philly Delays Salary History Ban

With another lawsuit pending (yet again) on a new law enacted in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced that the city will delay enforcement of the ban on salary history questions in employment interviews until the courts provide some clarity. The ordinance, which was unanimously passed by the City Council in…

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Dunkin’ Doings

The trains may not run any better, but the passengers won’t mind delays as much with Amtrak now ‘running on Dunkin’! The railroad and Dunkin Donuts announced an agreement this week where Dunkin’ coffee will now be served on the Acela high speed express throughout the northeast. Later this year, all Amtrak trains throughout the…

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Miscellaneous

We’re not sure if it was increasing minimum wages, weather or March Madness, but restaurant sales were disappointing for the entire 1st quarter of the year. For the 11th time in the past 12 months, sales were negative again for the month of March with same store sales dropping 1.1 percent and traffic down 3.4…

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No Acosta Vote Before Recess

Congress recessed last week without taking a vote on the nomination of Trump Labor Secretary-nominee Alex Acosta, so we are still without a Secretary of Labor. The latest projections are that a confirmation vote on the Acosta nomination will not happen before the last week of April. In the interim, the Department of Labor has…

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NLRB Unionizing And Other Issues Continue

Although the National Labor Relations Board is structured as an independent arbiter of labor issues, the agency’s apparent campaign to unionize as much of the US economy as possible continues unabated. Specifically, the recent NLRB recognition of graduate students as employees at universities across the country continues, most recently at Penn State, American University, Brown,…

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Missouri Right To Work Still In Limbo

Missouri may have officially become the 28th state in the union with a right to work law back in February when Governor Eric Greitens signed the right to work bill into law, but the issue is still very much in flux. Labor officials are pursuing their effort to collect enough signatures to put a ballot…

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