US House Passes Permanent Section 179 Expensing Bill

It was one of the so-called “tax extenders” that have been allowed to expire in each of the past two years, only to be retroactively reinstated.  At long last, the US House has moved the issue forward again and passed legislation that will make the accelerated and bonus depreciation deductions permanent.  The legislation, known as…

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Coalition Created To Preserve Existing Definition

On the subject of the “joint employer” issue, a host of national business groups have joined forces to create the “Coalition to Save Local Businesses”.  The coalition was announced this week in Washington, DC. and is comprised of  the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Restaurant Association, the National Retail Federation, the Coalition of Franchisee…

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Table For 2 At The Food Truck??

A bill has been filed in the North Carolina legislature that will allow food trucks operating in the state to offer seating to their customers.  The legislation, filed in the NC General Assembly by state Senator Jerry Tillman, allows a food stand to provide tables and chairs for customers without obtaining a restaurant permit.  We…

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Paid Sick Leave Spreading Like the Flu

It began back in 2006 when San Francisco mandated paid sick leave for every worker in the city at a rate of 1 hour paid leave earned for every 30 hours worked.  It was followed by Washington, DC and Milwaukee just 2 years later.  (The Milwaukee law was never implemented and after Wisconsin Governor Scott…

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More on Minimum Wage

In the same vein, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will be pushing to increase the (recently increased) minimum wage for New York City to $11.50 and the rest of the state to $10.50/hour by the end of next year.  The minimum in New York was just raised in 2013 from $7.25 to $8.75 and will…

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Tale of Two Governments

There seems to be quite a contrast in how business is viewed between the federal government versus that of a number of states around the country.  Those of us who watched or listened to President Obama’s State of the Union address this week heard what many are describing as a “Robin Hood plan” plan of…

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Retail Worker Bill of Rights Takes Effect

An issue about which we advised you about a number of weeks back has come full circle out on the West Coast as the Retail Workers Bill of Rights has been allowed to take effect in the City by the Bay without the Mayor’s signature.  San Francisco Mayor Edward Lee took no action on the…

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Obama Now Pushing Paid Family Leave

President Obama yesterday announced that he will push Congress to enact a bill mandating paid sick leave for all American workers. According to a LinkedIn post by top Obama aide Valerie Jarret, the administration is filing the Healthy Americans Act, which would require all businesses in the nation employing at least 15 people to provide…

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And At The State Level

Let’s take a break from federal headaches for the moment and look at some action at the state level. As Governor Chris Christie moves closer to a possible presidential bid, legislators in New Jersey are teeing up an extensive mandatory paid leave bill in Trenton that would require all employers to provide one hour paid…

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Targeting NLRB

In more news that will likely be welcomed by small businesses across the country, Senate Republicans also have an eye on the many radical changes being advocated by the National Labor Relations Board.  Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander has filed a bill that seeks to ensure balance in the rulings of the NLRB by increasing the…

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