Random Thought

As we celebrate Memorial Day over this long weekend, it is important for all of us to remember the reason for the holiday – and, it is not just to create a reason for a Bar-B-Q, or to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. Rather, it is to recognize, remember and to thank those who…

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Some in Congress Target CRA

It has been the law of the land since 1996 – passed as part of the “Contract with America” back when Newt Gingrich was US Speaker of the House. Despite being on the books now for over 20 years, the Congressional Review Act was only invoked successfully one time (by President George W Bush in…

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Courts Review Obama Wellness Rules

And, it’s not only Congress looking to overturn Obama era regulations. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) last year brought a challenge against a contradiction in the treatment of employee wellness programs – employers being encouraged to offer them under the Affordable Care Act and anti-discrimination laws preventing employers from coercing their workers to…

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Merger in the Works?

Speculation is increasing that after deleting Obama era regulations with the CRA, the Trump administration may next look to streamline government. According to a Bloomberg report last week, it is likely that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will merge with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Although the EEOC is an independent…

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Action Needed to Preserve Swipe Fee Cap

With Congress in an “undo Obama policy” mode, timing is perfect for business owners (franchised or not) to contact Representatives in Congress and urge them to support the Financial Choice Act of 2017 – but ONLY if the Durbin Amendment is left intact. This issue involves the debit swipe fee reform that was secured back…

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Senate Leader Files Depreciation Bill

Senator John Thune, the #3 ranking republican in the US Senate this week filed the Investment in New Ventures and Economic Success Today (INVEST) Act, which will simplify depreciation rules and reform key parts of the tax code allowing business owners to more quickly recover investment costs and other business expenses. The INVEST Act would…

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 Trump, States Adding Parental Leave

In some ways, President Trump is following the lead of a number of states on the subject of paid leave, but apparently he’s going it one better – adding fathers to his paid parental leave policy in federal jurisdictions. In a statement released earlier this week about Women’s Health Week, he was quoted as saying:…

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Minimum Wage Issues Around the Nation

It is the topic that just won’t go away, so there is more to report this week again on minimum wage initiatives, both pro and con. Speaking again of preemptions, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has threatened to veto legislation passed in different versions by both the House and Senate that would block cities and towns…

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Fight For $15 Protests Next Tuesday

Although we’ve seen them plenty in the past, the next protest by SEIU pushing for a $15 minimum wage is planned for next Tuesday, May 23. This time around however, the effort appears to be solely targeting McDonald’s store around the country and organizers hope to also picket Wednesday at the McDonald’s shareholders meeting. This…

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On the Lighter Side

As you’ve seen above, there was much to report on paid leave mandates around the country this week, so it seems only right that this week we can close the loop on a paid leave issue we advised you of a few weeks back. We’re happy to report that the Overtornea town council in Sweden…

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