Inside House Tax Reform

Speaking of the work of the CFA, they sent out a summary recently of the key provisions contained in the House Tax Reform proposal, The Tax Cut and Jobs Act. Currently being marked up in the House Ways & Means Committee, the legislation provides for a reduction in tax brackets from 7 to 4 with…

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National Paid Leave Filed

Although the creation of a national paid sick leave policy has in some ways been spearheaded by the President’s daughter Ivanka, it was three republican members of Congress who got the ball rolling this week with the official filing of the Workflex in the 21st Century Act.  Officially filed by California republican Congresswomen Mimi Walters,…

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Maryland County OKs $15 Minimum Wage

Maryland’s Montgomery County Council unanimously passed an ordinance this week that will increase the county minimum to $15 per hour by 2021. Under the provisions of the new law, the current wage minimum of $11.50 an hour will increase at different stages and in different increments every year beginning next  July depending on the number…

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The Poison Spreads

If it keeps up at the current pace, we’ll have to consider adding it as a weekly feature, but since the slime of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault/harassment stories came out, there has been a fairly steady drumbeat of terminations and resignations in a host of industries across the country – some of which may…

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Miscellaneous

In the face of serious labor shortages affecting many industries, but especially fast food establishments, the economy added 261,000 jobs in October, a good number, but still less than the 310,000 projected for the month. There was much chatter last week about JAB Holdings again looking at buying Dunkin Brands, but that chatter died down…

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Congratulations

We want to congratulate Bob Cresanti, President & CEO of the International Franchise Association and Cicely Simpson, Executive Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs at the National Restaurant Association for both being named among the Top Lobbyists in Washington, DC. The fact that both Bob and Cicely were speakers at the 2017 DDIFO National…

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Thank You, Veterans!

Tomorrow, November 11 is Veterans Day and a great time to remember and to thank all of our veterans who put their own lives in jeopardy in order to preserve our freedoms and keep us safe as a nation. Dunkin is giving veterans a free donut, but we should all be giving them our eternal…

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Trump Picks FedEx Exec for OSHA

Continuing full speed ahead to fill a host of important positions in his administration, President Trump last week nominated FedEx Executive Scott Mugno to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the Department of Labor. Mugno, who previously headed up corporate safety health and fire prevention for FedEx Express and is currently vice…

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The Case That Won’t Go Away

We’ve reported on its demise several times now, but the Obama-era overtime rule is still before the courts, but this time because the final court decision killing the threshold was appealed – by the Trump administration! That may come as a surprise, but things aren’t always as they seem. You will recall when we last…

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California Bans Salary Inquiries

The Golden State became the latest in a number of cities and states that are looking to ensure gender pay equality through restrictive mandates on employers. Earlier in October, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 168, which prohibits employers from asking prospective employees about their salary history. Under the new edict (effective January 2018),…

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