NLRB General Counsel Illegally Appointed

The US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued the final word this week on President Obama’s appointment of Lafe Solomon as acting NLRB General Counsel back in 2010: the appointment was against the law! A quick summary, Lafe Solomon was named acting NLRB General Counsel by President Obama back in June, 2010 and formally nominated for the…

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But, Griffin’s Tenure Is Legal

Under the heading of “watch what you ask for, you might get it”, Lafe Solomon’s tenure was deleted by SCOTUS, but his replacement, Richard Griffin, who was confirmed by the Senate and gave us the new ‘joint-employer’ definition as well as a host of other egregious rulings, still has another eight months to serve in…

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May Day Strike Planned by SEIU

No doubt the NLRB wouldn’t see this as an ‘unfair labor practice’, but the SEIU – USWW (Service Employees International Union United Service Workers West) along with the Food Chain Workers Alliance and a host of others are calling for another nationwide one-day strike on May 1. The liberal media organization, Buzzfeed (more Fake News?),…

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ACA Repeal On Hold, But CRA Passes

Obviously, US House leaders lacked the votes necessary to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – the bill that would repeal and replace many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care). The AHCA was to be voted by the House yesterday, but has now been postponed. It was a different situation…

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More Minimum Wage Updates

It seems to be the issue that just won’t go away over the past few years, but there is still more updates on minimum wage hikes across the country. Out west, the Nevada Supreme Court remanded a minimum wage dispute back to the District Court in Las Vegas, but in the same ruling upheld the…

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Florida Committee Hearing Delayed

Just more proof that the wheels of government turn slowly, the hearing on the Protect Florida Small Business Act has been postponed until the first week of April. The Protect Florida Small Business Act, which was to be heard next Tuesday in Tallahassee, is an excellent piece of legislation that would restore some semblance of…

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And On Taxes . . .

The state of Maine is looking seriously at amending a voter-approved ballot initiative that mandates an additional 3% surcharge from those with incomes over $200,000, an oxymoronic version of a “millionaire’s tax”. Anyway, already in this legislative session, five bills have been filed to amend the narrowly-approved measure and those bills, which run the gamut…

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Miscellaneous

Notwithstanding whether Congress repeals Obamacare or doesn’t, next Friday, March 31 is the last date to electronically file (e-file) Forms 1094-c and 1095-C with the IRS. Other deadlines had been changed, but March 31 is still the final deadline for electronic filing. McDonald’s may be reluctantly cutting some new ground with a Board seat for…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Most of our subscribers have likely heard the news that Dunkin’ Chief Financial Officer Paul Carbone will be stepping down from the post next month. He will be replaced on an interim basis by Kate Jaspon, Dunkin’ Brands Vice President, Finance and Treasurer. Carbone is leaving April 21 to take a position in the retail…

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That Most Elusive Hearing

When Andy Puzder was the Labor Secretary nominee, his confirmation hearing was scheduled, postponed and rescheduled no fewer than 5 times before he withdrew from consideration on February 15 – without a hearing ever taking place!. With current nominee Alex Acosta, confirmed for other posts by the Senate on 3 different occasions, most believed it…

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