NLRB: One To Go

On Wednesday, the US Senate gave final confirmation to Marvin Kaplan, one of President Trump’s nominees to fill an open seat on the National Labor Relations Board. Kaplan, an attorney who has been serving as the Counsel for Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission since 2015 (he was appointed to the post by President Obama),…

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And Another Decision Overturned

It would seem that getting the full complement of NLRB Members in place and ridding it of Obama overreach may lighten the workload for the federal court system quite a bit. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit earlier this week overturned another NLRB decision that came out of Portland, Oregon. The management…

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National Paid Leave Bill Filed

Legislation that effectively creates a voluntary national paid leave policy was introduced into both houses of Congress earlier this week. The legislation, entitled the Strong Families Act, would give a 25% tax credit to companies that offer between two and twelve weeks of paid leave to their employees. Filed by Republican Senator Deb Fischer (NE)…

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And Across the Aisle

The Strong Families Act may have had bipartisan sponsors, but it was only democratic Senators and Representatives in Congress that filed the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act earlier this week. Senators Patti Murray (WA) was joined by Senators Al Franken (MN) and Sherrod Brown as well as Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro and Bobby…

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DOL Overtime Comments

Speaking of the doubling of the white collar overtime exemption, we would remind all of our subscribers that the Department of Labor has called for public comments on potential changes to the Obama administration’s overtime rule that increased the threshold from $23,660 to $47,476. That request for public comment published in the Federal Register is…

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Court Upholds Cook County Soda Tax

Although Cook County Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak had issued restraining orders previously against the new soda tax the county was imposing, it turned out to be a false hope as last Friday, Judge Kubasiak dissolved the injunction he had placed on the new penny-per-ounce levy that was to take effect July 1. When the injunction…

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Missouri Right to Work Petition Restored

An effort by organized labor to rescind that state’s right to work law through a ballot petition was put back on track last week when the Missouri Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling and restored the original language of a ballot petition being pushed by union groups. The state’s AFL-CIO is collecting signatures…

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A Ballot Trifecta

SEIU-backed Raise Up Massachusetts is looking to score on a trifecta of issues on the coming November ballot as the group filed two petitions with the Attorney General by Wednesday’s initial deadline.  The two petitions include increasing the Massachusetts minimum wage to $15 per hour, and mandating up to 26 weeks of paid sick leave.…

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DDIFO National Conference & Hall of Fame

We want to thank those of you who nominated some of your peers for DDIFO Hall of Fame consideration. The 2017 DDIFO Hall of Fame Selection Committee has met and made their selections, which we will be announcing over the next week – you will be thrilled with their decisions! The 2017 Hall of Fame…

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Miscellaneous

CNBC released its annual report on state competitiveness a few weeks ago and the results were surprising in some categories. Measured by overall competitiveness, Washington State led the nation and was followed in order by Georgia, Minnesota, Texas and North Carolina. At the other end of the spectrum, West Virginia was the least competitive along…

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