Elsewhere in the Federal Bureaucracy . . .

The US Environmental Protection Agency issued its final revisions to the definitions governing implementation of the federal Clean Waters Act this week and it is not particularly favorable to business interests around the country.  The Clean Waters Rule expands the definition used by the EPA to determine when water is to be defined as a…

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Fair Franchising Bill Advances in California

Although it is still early in the current session, we’re happy to report that the California Franchise Relations Act (Fair Franchising bill) has been advanced by the two committees which have considered it at this point.  As we reported last week, the Judiciary Committee advanced the bill last week on a 7 – 2 vote. …

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Maine Is Legislative Hotbed

Although one might not normally identify the state of Maine as a hotbead of legislative activity, it is certainly fitting that bill thus far this year.  Maine’s pro-business Governor Paul LePage has been advocating legislation that would prohibit individual cities and towns from creating their own minimum wages, and representatives of his administration spoke in…

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US House Kills “Death Tax”, Senate Agreement Unlikely

Well, some in Washington are at least trying to put more money back in the taxpayers’ pockets, but it’s not likely they’ll succeed in this particular effort.  The House voted last week to repeal the federal estate tax, also known as the “death tax” and currently pegged at 40% of inherited assets, by a vote…

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Tennessee Law Blocks “Joint-Employer”

Fortunately, a number of states are not letting the out-of-control NLRB get too far out of line within their state borders.  Two weeks ago today, Tennessee took the lead when Governor Bill Haslam signed into law legislation (SB 0475 and HB 0757) clarifying that employees of franchisees cannot be considered employees of the franchisor for…

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Vermont GMO Labeling Rules Adopted

The state of Vermont is now that much closer to implementing their first in the nation GMO labeling requirements as the Attorney General adopted new regulations last week that will govern the labeling of GMO foods (genetically modified organisms) when the requirement becomes effective on July 1, 2015.  The rules dictate the label’s font size…

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California Fair Franchising Clears First Hurdle

AB 525, the California Franchise Relations Act which was vetoed last year by Governor Brown, was heard before the Assembly’s Committee on Judiciary and passed favorably on to the Committee on Business and Professions.  The bill still has a long way to go, but it was refined from last year’s version to address concerns the…

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Connecticut Advances “Employer Punishment Bill”

The admonition of Benjamin Franklin came to mind as the Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee this week gave initial approval to HB 6791, an act that will require employers with 500 or more employees to pay a fine of $1/hour for each employee that is not paid at least $15/hour.  On a…

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Connecticut Wants To Fine Wages Under $15

Connecticut last year became the first state to adopt a statewide minimum wage of $10.10 per hour, but as you might expect, that wage is no longer sufficient for some in the Nutmeg State.  Organized labor leaders were advocating legislation this week in Connecticut that will not only increase that minimum to $15/hour, but will…

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Portland Campaign in Stereo!

Aside from the “Fight for 15” protests held this week and referenced above, we have two other locales to advise you of minimum wage initiatives.  On the west coast, a public hearing was held earlier this week in the Oregon State Capital on 10 bills pending in the legislature that would increase the minimum wage…

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