Working Overtime on the Overtime Rule

It seems the issue just won’t go away, but there is still news to report on the Obama-era doubling of the overtime threshold ($23,660 to $47,476) regarding the ‘white-collar exemption’. The rule had been permanently enjoined by the federal court in Texas last year and that ruling was appealed by the Obama Department of Labor.…

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Advancing Tax Reform

President Trump has raised the prospect of significant tax reform and pushed the Congress to focus on passing tax reform measures quickly. Anticipating the release of a tax reform bill and working to advance the tax priorities of franchisees across the country, the Job Creators Network (JCN) and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)…

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Revenge ON the Machines

No, we didn’t use the wrong preposition, city officials in San Francisco are indeed targeting the machines, or more specifically those who use machines instead of employees. The idea of hitting employers that utilize technology and automation (read: robots) with additional taxes for making their businesses more efficient (at the cost of employee jobs) first…

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Seattle Mayor Resigns, Millionaire Tax Challenged

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who dropped his campaign for reelection back in May, resigned this week as Mayor in the face of the fifth person (this one his younger cousin) coming forward to accuse him of child sexual abuse. Murray officially vacated the office effective at 5PM on Wednesday and City Council President Bruce Harrell…

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Eric Trump To Headline Hall of Fame Luncheon

We are thrilled to announce that Eric Trump, Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization will be the featured luncheon speaker at the 2017 Hall of Fame induction luncheon. 2017 Hall of Fame inductees include Carl Andrade, Jim Cain and Joe White and the luncheon will bring the 2017 DDIFO National Conference to its conclusion…

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Revised I-9 Form Now Mandatory

We advised you back in July that a new I-9 Form, Employment Eligibility Verification, had been released by the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) and further that the older form with an effective date of 11/14/16 would be accepted until September 18 at which time employers must use the newly released I-9 form…

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Miscellaneous

For 15 years, the state of Delaware has been annually rated the undisputed champion as relates the legal climate for businesses, but its reign has apparently come to an abrupt halt. According to the Lawsuit Climate Survey by the US Chamber of Commerce Institute of Legal for Legal Reform, released earlier this week, South Dakota…

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US House Shortens Leash on Labor, NLRB

Earlier this week while deliberating the Labor-HHS-Education funding bill, the US House Committee on Rules advanced 58 different amendments, many of which significantly impact the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board. The amendments, which were scheduled for debate on the House floor beginning yesterday, include funding reductions for the NLRB and restricting…

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The More Things Change . . .

Summer is over, so it would appear that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and their wholly- owned Fight for $15 initiative picked up where they left off with a strike on the holiday weekend at selected fast food restaurants around the country. SEIU also took the occasion of the Labor Day holiday to officially…

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Mass AG Clears 21 Ballot Questions

Another minimum wage hike is only one of the 21 ballot initiatives covering 18 different topics that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey advanced this past week toward the November ballot. At this point, the AG only certifies that the questions do not violate the state constitution, clearing the way for the proponents to go to…

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