US Treasury Restricts Tax Inversions

While the Burger King acquisition of Tim Horton’s a few weeks ago caught many unaware, seemingly none more so than the United States Treasury Department.  A few weeks after BK acquired Tim’s and undertook a tax inversion that will save the company significant money in tax liability, the Treasury has promulgated new rules that make…

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House Republicans Seek Overhaul of NLRB

In the wake of a public hearing last week on the issue, Republicans in the US House of Representatives this week filed legislation that seeks to force a redirection of the National Labor Relations Board back to its historical role as an arbiter of labor disputes rather than an advocate of labor expansion.  The proposal…

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Congress Hears Issue of “Joint-Employer”

The US House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee on Tuesday of this week held a public hearing over the issue of the NLRB Office of the General Counsel ruling that defines franchisor’s as “joint-employers” with the individual franchise owners.   Witnesses testifying at the hearing, which can be viewed in its entirety here, included a…

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California Franchise Relations Still Waiting on Governor

California Governor Jerry Brown has not yet taken action on the California Franchise Relations Act (formerly SB 610) which the legislature sent him a few weeks ago.  California law gives the Governor until September 30 to sign or veto the legislation, so there is still time for you to send him a letter encouraging him…

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Illinois Adds Pregnancy Accommodation to Human Rights Act

Last week, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act that provide additional protections for pregnancy and childbirth.  Under the amendments, pregnancy is defined to include “pregnancy, childbirth, or medical or common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.”  The law also takes effect on January 1, 2015 and its key…

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Connecticut Expands Sick Leave

Our attorney friends at Murtha Culina have advised us that additional changes are in store for businesses in Connecticut as the legislature there has authorized changes in the state’s mandatory paid sick leave law effective January 1, but with the first week of October being an important timeframe as well.  There is a 50 employee minimum that determines the…

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New Jersey Bans The Box

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie earlier this week signed into law Bill 1999, the so-called “ban the box” bill, which prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from asking an applicant about his/her criminal record until after a first interview has taken place.  The legislation, which is titled the “Opportunity to Compete Act”, was passed by…

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Federal EEOC Guidance On Pregnancy

Franchise owners are cautioned to be aware of a new enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination issued two weeks ago by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  DDIFO employment counsel Morgan Brown Joy advised us of the guidance, which is the first update to the Pregnancy Discrimination Act since it was enacted back in 1978.  The…

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NJ Pushing Paid Leave

Although there hasn’t been a noticeable groundswell of support for mandated paid sick leave in the NJ legislature, the Speaker of the NJ Assembly this week announced that the body will consider a statewide paid sick leave mandate when they return in September.  Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto committed to bring the issue to the floor for a…

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Another Executive Order from Obama

Hot on the heels of the ruling by the NLRB General Counsel that McDonald’s is a “joint-employer” with its franchisees for purposes of employment law compliance, President Obama seemed to open up another front against businesses when he signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order this week.  Ostensibly, the Executive Order seeks to ensure that companies contracting…

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