Acting Chairman No More

The National Labor Relations Board, which has been a source for many pro-union, anti-business rulings over the past several years, still has only three of its five slots filled. The positions are filled by the President with confirmation by the US Senate and this week, Acting Chairman Philip Miscimarra had the “acting” qualifier dropped from…

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Congress Feeling the Minimum “Bern”?

The 2016 campaign may be long over and decided, but America could still get “berned”. The issue has been spreading like wildfire with the Fight for $15 being waged in state houses and city halls around the nation over the past several years; there hasn’t been a lot of serious talk about a $15 wage…

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New Mexico Minimum Wage Vetoed; Valid in St. Louis

New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez made good on a promise earlier this month when she vetoed two different minimum wage bills passed by the New Mexico legislature. The first, HB 442, provided for an increase in the current $7.50 per hour minimum to $9.25 an hour and would have also prohibited local governments from passing…

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Soda Taxes Spilling To Other States

Speaking of New Mexico, minimum wages aren’t the only issue generating headlines – voters in the capital city of Santa Fe have until next Tuesday to decide whether the city will impose a tax on sugary drinks of 2 cents per ounce – increasing the price of soda by 25 cents per can. Early voting…

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Pennsylvania Considers Right to Work

It may very well be quite the long-shot, but the historically union-supportive state of Pennsylvania is now entertaining Right to Work legislation. Filed in both the Pennsylvania House and Senate earlier this month, right to work is part of a legislative package called the “Open Workforce Initiative”. The initiative is being championed by republican legislators…

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Competitor News

McDonald’s announced Q1 financials on Tuesday of this week, and its focus on all day breakfast, $1 coffee /$2 espresso drinks and the Big Mac promotion are acknowledged to have gained market share. Their Same Store Sales were up 1.7% as it continues to work its McCafé platform with new advertising and baked goods coming…

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At the Federal Level

With Congress still on its “spring break”, it has been relatively quiet from a legislative and regulatory perspective at the federal level, but we noted a few items we wanted to apprise our readers of. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is celebrating Small Business Week the week after next, April 30 – May 5 with…

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Federal Sick Leave Staying

It would appear that the Trump administration is in no hurry to undo the Obama administration rule mandating paid sick leave for federal contractors, including those who operate their private businesses on federal properties. You will recall that President Obama issued an Executive Order back in 2015 that called for companies under federal contract to…

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States Still Adding Paid Sick Leave Mandates

We may not know what will ultimately happen at the federal level regarding sick leave mandates, but the writing seems to be on the wall at the state level as more states are now taking a closer look at the issue. Notwithstanding strong opposition from the business community in the state of Maine, the Legislature’s…

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Minimum Wage Hikes Hurting Restaurants

Wage hike advocates may be loath to admit it, but according to a recently released study of Yelp data on the impact of minimum wage increases on lower to middle-quality restaurants, the impact is unmistakable. Buzz-feed, which wrote up the study, reported that researchers found that a $1 increase in the minimum wage in the…

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