Trump To Name New IRS Commissioner

Rumored to be in the works for a number of weeks, President Trump yesterday confirmed that he would submit the name of California tax attorney Charles Rettig to the US Senate for confirmation as the new Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. If confirmed by the Senate to the seven-year term as commissioner, Rettig would…

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Federal Sick Leave by “Ivarco”

In Hollywood circles, we had Bennifer (Ben Affleck & Jennifer Lopez) along with Bradgelina (Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie), but now Ivanka Trump and Senator Marco Rubio (could they be jointly ID’d as “Ivarco”?) are joining forces to push for adoption of a national paid sick leave policy. Their idea, which Rubio is still crafting…

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Maryland Senate Votes Sick Leave Delay

In response to a concerted lobbying effort by the broader business community in Maryland, yesterday the state senate voted to delay implementation of the new Maryland paid sick leave law until July. The Healthy Working Families Act, vetoed by Governor Larry Hogan but which was overridden in both branches over the past few weeks, is…

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Massachusetts Court Questions Millionaire Tax

In oral arguments before the state Supreme Court this week, a number of the justices raised some pointed questions about the constitutionality of the ballot proposal. As approved for the 2018 ballot, the Massachusetts “millionaire tax” would add a 4 percent tax on earnings over $1 million and incorporate that ‘surcharge’ into the state constitution.…

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Miscellaneous

Entrepreneur Magazine released its 39th annual Franchise 500 list and we can proudly report that Dunkin’ Donuts continues to enjoy recognition as one of the country’s best franchises, coming in at #3 on the list. For the first time in almost 20 years, McDonalds topped the ticket, edging out 7-Eleven, which has owned the #1…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin Brands had both its Q4 earnings and 2018 Investor day events this week and what emerged is a company in deep repositioning mode. Dunkin opened eyes to reveal pretty meek 2018 DD same store sales estimates (plus 1 percent for the year, Q1 was said to be “choppy”) and decreased the DD 2018 open…

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Northeast Regional Member Meeting

The annual Northeast Regional Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham Massachusetts. Members should keep an eye out for the final agenda and complete program content coming out in the next week. Plan now to attend!!

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NLRB Extends Comment Period, Court Remands Workplace Rules

NLRB continues to make headlines under the more business-friendly Trump administration. This week, the agency extended the deadline for public comments to be submitted on the ambush or so-called “quickie” election until March 19, 2018. Back in 2015 under the Obama administration, NLRB ordered a significant reduction in the time required for a union representation…

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EEO-1 Filing Now Open

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Employer Information Report (EEO-1) for 2017, required of all employers with 100 or more employees, is now available for companies to log into on the agency website. The EEO-1 must be completed and filed by March 31 with employment data collected during a payroll period in October, November or…

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Florida Franchisee Protection Bill Advances

The Senate Committee on Regulated Industries in the Florida legislature passed the Small Business Parity Act out of committee by a vote of 5-4 earlier this week. The bill (SB 1076) is similar but more limited than the 2017 Florida Small Business Protection Act, which also was passed by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee but…

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