NLRB Counsel Corrects Answer to SCOTUS

The author of the aforementioned expansion of the joint-employer definition, lame-duck NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin sent a letter to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) this week to clarify and correct “a series of inaccurate answers” he gave during oral arguments on Monday in the case of NLRB v. Murphy’s Oil. The issue in…

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SCOTUS to Hear Right to Work, Again

Speaking of the US Supreme Court, SCOTUS has announced that it will take up the case of Janus v AFSCME, dealing with right to work laws, and hear arguments in the case this term (likely next calendar year). At issue is whether or not public-sector workers can be forced to join the representing union or…

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Less Than One Month To Go

That’s right, the 2017 DDIFO National Conference on October 30 & 31 at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut is now less than one month away and you won’t want to miss the outstanding line–up of speakers we have waiting for you!! Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse Subs will open the conference on…

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Treasury Targets Family Gift Rules

It’s not just the regulations and rulings of the Obama-era NLRB and Department of Labor that the Trump administration is looking to correct, as the Treasury Department this week released a report detailing the regulatory changes it will pursue. In an 11-page report entitled: Identifying and Reducing Tax Regulatory Burdens, the Treasury Department continued the…

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SBA Roundtable

The Office of Advocacy at the Small Business Administration will host a Regulatory Reform Roundtable in Glen Allen, Virginia on October 16, the latest in a series of regional roundtables that have included others in Louisiana, Idaho, Washington, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri and Kansas. The roundtables are designed to solicit suggestions from small business men and…

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All in the Family . . . Leave

It may be slipping under the radar somewhat of late, but there has been a lot of activity relating paid sick and family leave mandates in a host of states over the past few weeks. Delaware Governor John Carney signed legislation this week making it easier for state workers to donate sick time and annual…

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Business Challenges MA Millionaire Tax Question

Business interests in Massachusetts, led by the Massachusetts High Tech Council, Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation among others, have initiated litigation challenging the placement of the so-called Millionaire Tax on the state ballot in November. The action, filed with the state Supreme Court this week, asks the court to declare the…

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Competitor News

It was reported this week that Starbucks investors raised questions on the equality of sick leave offered by the company to their corporate employees versus their retail service personnel. Starbucks investor Zevin Asset Management had let it be known that it would be looking closely at company sick leave policies at several of the companies…

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Independent Joe #45 August/ September

 To paraphrase Paul Revere’s famous warning: “Change is coming! Change is coming!” You know all about it: Dunkin’s menu simplification, aimed at improving the brand’s competitiveness by reducing the number of sandwiches and keeping the focus on beverages. In the Tampa area, franchisee Alex Fernandez gladly rolled out a menu reduction in early August,…

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Senate Confirms Emanuel For Full NLRB

For the first time in quite a while, the National Labor Relations Board operated with a full complement of Directors this week as fifth Director William Emanuel was confirmed early this week by the United States Senate on a party-line vote of 49-47. Emanuel’s confirmation gives the 5-person Board a 3-2 republican majority for the…

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