And Then There Were Four, Again

It seems like just a few months ago, the National Labor Relations Board reached its full complement of five members and yet we’re currently back to only 4 appointees (2 republican & 2 democrats). It actually was only three months ago (September 25, 2017) when the US Senate confirmed the fifth and final Trump appointee…

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Democrats Protesting NLRB Rulings

Speaking of the NLRB and the recent rulings by which the (then 5-member) Board officially overturned a number of egregious Obama-era decisions (joint employer, employment manuals, and others), ranking democrat members of the Senate and House Workforce Committees are alleging one member was “compromised”. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) sent a…

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But They’re Good With Tip Pooling Extension

As aghast as the aforementioned Representative Bobby Scott claimed to be over the reversal of the joint employer and other rulings by the NLRB, it appears he was much pleased with Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta and his extension of the public comment period on a potential tip pooling rule change. You will recall that…

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Senate Confirms 3 To DOL

While DOL considers comments submitted about a potential change in the tip pooling rule, the department welcomed three new executive level employees to their shop as the full Senate gave formal confirmation to three Trump appointees to the DOL.  Last week, the Senate confirmed the nominations of Kate S. O’Scannlain, from Maryland, to be Solicitor…

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Tax Reform Losers?

As we hear more and more punditry on who wins with the new Tax Reform law the President signed last week (80% of American taxpayers will see a tax reduction!) and who loses, it seemed to take a bit of a comical twist last week with the complaints of a number of institutions of higher…

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New Jersey Tax Change

And for the record, the new federal tax reform law, which doubles the exemption from the federal estate tax for the next 8 years, after which the higher threshold sunsets. But in New Jersey, outgoing Governor Chris Christie succeeded in eliminating the state tax on inheritances completely back when he signed a tax overhaul bill…

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Seattle Joins Soda Tax Brigade

From the Pacific Northwest, effective January 1, 2018, Seattle becomes the latest city to impose a new tax on so-called sugary drinks as the city will begin charging a new 1.75 cents per ounce tax on the distribution of sodas and other sweetened beverages. Technically, the tax will be imposed on beverage distributors, but they…

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Happy New Year!

Notwithstanding higher labor costs (minimum wage hikes and paid sick leave mandates) along with new taxes being imposed by several states and local governments, consumer confidence remains solid and the economy continues to grow at healthier rates than it has for years – and we think that bodes quite well for business interests into the…

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Tax Reform Reality

It may have been a few months coming, but the republican controlled Congress has finally given President Trump a significant legislative victory with this week’s passage of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, sending the legislation to the White House just in time for Christmas. The pundits on both sides have had plenty to say…

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A Bang, Not A Whimper

The term of National Labor Relations Board Chairman Philip Miscimarra ended at midnight last Saturday in a blaze of glory as the new NLRB republican majority overturned several egregious Obama-era decisions, the last of which was the 2011 Specialty Healthcare ruling. Under Specialty Healthcare, workers under certain circumstances were allowed to form bargaining units representing…

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