Out with the Old, In with the New

The elections may have been held over two months ago, but the newly elected officials in states all around the country are just taking office now as new legislative sessions begin.  The “red tide” that swept Republicans into control of both houses of Congress was evident in some states, but completely absent in others.  You…

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Getting Down to Business

Turning the page to new legislative initiatives, Congressional Republicans wasted no time setting their sights on “refining” the Affordable Care Act – “Obamacare”.  Yesterday, on a 252 – 172 vote, the US House passed a bill amending the law’s 30 hour work week provision and restoring the historical 40-hour definition of a full-time work week. …

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Illinois Businesses Required to Offer Retirement Plans

Outgoing Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn, who lost his reelection bid in November, in his last days in office signed a bill into law requiring all Illinois businesses with 25 employees or more to offer individual retirement savings options to their employees by June 1, 2017.  Under the law, businesses will have an option of using…

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New Year Brings New Forms in Illinois

Along with the New Year, next week will also bring the requirement for posting new forms and employment posters in a host of states around the country.  The state of Illinois is just one state where employers need to switch their employment posters with new mandated by the state’s Department of Labor.  All franchise owners…

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And, Finally . . .

At long last, it appears that the so-called Tax Extender Bill has passed both branches of Congress and is awaiting the President’s approval!  Once the President signs the bill as expected, a host of tax credits will have been reinstated retroactively for 2014 – but believe it or not, they’ll expire again in another 12…

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The Flip Side of the Union Organizing Coin

Notwithstanding efforts by “zealous advocates for social change” and others around the country, we’re encouraged now and then to see public officials advocating a return to a freer economic market that can produce real economic benefits.  In that vein, so-called Right to Work legislation appears to be gaining ground in a couple of different states. …

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New Jersey Advances Mandatory Sick Leave

Assembly bill #2354 has been pending in the New Jersey Assembly since it was first introduced back in February of this year.  Early this week, the Assembly Budget Committee chose to advance the bill on a 6-4 vote with one member not voting and another abstaining.  If passed as currently drafted, A2354 would mandate that workers…

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Another Labor Stamp for NLRB

Last week, we mentioned the old adage that the “wheels of government turn slowly”, but this week, we can see how quickly they can turn in lame duck sessions.  To set the context, remember that the new Senate to be seated in January will be controlled by the GOP; remember also that appointments to many…

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President’s Veto Threat A Death Knell for Tax Extenders

In what surprised many observers, a bipartisan compromise bill to re-authorize a number of business-friendly tax credits that had been allowed to expire last year, was likely killed by the White House when the President threatened to veto the compromise legislation.  Most important to many in the QSR industry, the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of…

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Support Amending H5771 with a Two-year Extension of these Credits

We’re all familiar with the saying that the “wheels of government turn slowly” and as if to underscore the prescience of that old adage, the US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed an extension on as many as 50 tax credits that expired at the end of 2013 – but the extension is only through…

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