To the Woodshed

Notwithstanding a possible delay in repeals of the Obama-era regulations, some in Congress are determined to call the “powers that be” to task and make their position known on some of the more egregious NLRB decisions and regulations. House Education and Workforce Chairwoman Virginia is apparently just one such individual.  She admonished NLRB General Counsel…

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Florida Fair Franchising Filed

We were delighted this week when Florida state senator Jack Latvala filed SB 750, An Act Relating Franchises, that would go a long way toward restoring some balance to the franchisee-franchisor relationship.  Senator Latvala filed to Protect Florida Small Business Act to level the playing field and address issues such as unjust terminations, restrictions on…

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Right To Work Continues To Grow

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has reported that he spoke with Vice President Pence about the possibility of passing of passing a national right to work law. Walker’s comments come in the wake of the filing last week of a national right to work bill by Congressmen Steve King (R-IA) and Joe Wilson (R-SC). As we…

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Rethinking Sick Leave Ramifications

Hard to believe, but some states that have seen sick leave laws passed dictating that employers (those who actually create jobs!) provide additional benefits to employees are now taking a 2nd look at the question. Specifically, the Pennsylvania state senate is considering legislation that would preempt the city of Philadelphia from continuing to enforce its…

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CFA Lobby Day and Forum Registration Open

The annual CFA event on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on March 15 – 16, 2017 at the Capitol Hill Hotel, is shaping up as another exceptional program. The day will begin with an opening address and an Attorney Roundtable with many of the premier franchisee attorneys in the country speaking on a number of…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin’ yesterday reported earnings ahead of expectations by $.01 per share at $.01 and revenues $1 million beyond expectations for the 4th quarter. Most restaurant stocks were up on Thursday, but Dunkin’ stock was up $2 or 4% and analyst sentiment was muted. DBI reported Dunkin’ US same store Q4 results of plus 1.9%, comprised…

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Killing the Death Tax

Just a few months ago, the pendulum was swinging far in the other direction, but now it appears there is more interest in fighting if not completely eliminating the federal Estate Tax, or as it is often called, the Death Tax. Back in the summer, we advised you of some significant proposed changes in IRS…

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Know When To Hold ‘Em, Know When To Fold ‘Em

We’re beginning to think that NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin has never heard the Kenny Rogers classic song, The Gambler. Notwithstanding the Trump election and the likelihood that NLRB excesses will be reversed when the President gets control of the Board next year, Griffin keeps pushing expansion of the NLRB reach.  This week, he issued…

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Puzder Nomination Delays

We told you in our last issue that the Senate hearing on the nomination of Andy Puzder as Labor Secretary would be held yesterday, February 2. After we went to press last week however, we learned it had been delayed for the 4th time. As of this writing, the hearing is postponed indefinitely until the…

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National Right-To-Work

While unions focus on trying to smear Andy Puzder as labor Secretary-nominee, the appeal of right to work legislation continues to grow with federal legislation now having been filed to make right-to-work the law of the land!  Earlier this week, Congressmen Steve King (R-IA) and Joe Wilson (R-SC) introduced H.R. 785, the National Right to…

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