And, Over At Labor . . .

It may not be of immediate import to the majority of our subscribers, but nominees put forth by President Trump are steadily moving forward in the US Senate toward final confirmation. This week, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) approved the nominations of 4 individuals for positions in DOL and sent…

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From Tax Reform to IRS Reform?

We’ve all been watching closely as Congress has worked to and has seemingly succeeded in patching together a tax reform package with a real possibility of becoming law. But beyond that possibility, we also learned this week that the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee has set its sights on a more appetizing target for…

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Staying In Compliance

There may be much happening now in DC, but we must stay on top of the changes that are regularly taking effect at the state and local level – and ensuring that we are in compliance with the dictates. A good case in point is New York City, where “fair workweek laws” became effective just…

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Philadelphia Soda Tax Repeal

It may be a bit premature, but we were pleased to read that a state representative in Pennsylvania has drafted legislation repealing the Philadelphia soda tax. Coming in the wake of the successful repeal of the Cook Country Sugary Drink tax in Illinois, state representative Mark Mustio is hoping to pre-empt other local communities from…

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Miscellaneous

Small business optimism has reached its highest level since 1983, when Ronald Reagan was President – almost 35 years ago. Earlier this week, the National Federation of Independent Business released its annual Small Business Optimism Survey showing that all but 2 of the 10 measurement components improved over the last month and that a full…

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Tax Reform Conferees Named

Congressional leaders have named the conferees from the US House and the US Senate who will work to narrow differences between the two different tax reform bills. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) signaled he is open to discussing major changes to the bill in conference, including whether to hike the corporate…

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NLRB Appointments, Again

That’s right, President Trump did recently provide a full 5-member complement of appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in addition to new NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb – but now has a new vacancy to fill, again. The term of current NLRB Chairman Philip Miscimarra is set to expire one week from tomorrow,…

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Rescinding Regulations

The new general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, management side attorney Peter Robb, is wasting no time before sinking his teeth into the regulatory meat of the Obama administration labor record. General Counsel Robb, who replaced Richard Griffin when his term expired last month, issued a memo to staff on the first of…

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And, Tip Pooling Too

It may not be in the purview of the National Labor Relations Board, but another Obama-era regulation is being rescinded by the “new sheriff in town”! The Trump administration has proposed rescinding the rule that prevents employers from including “back-of-house employees” in workplace tip pools, but only in businesses that pay the standard minimum wage.…

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Workplace Leave Heard in DC

Different versions of paid family leave have been cropping up in states and local venues around the country with increasing regularity and now the federal government is closer to getting in on the action. This week, the House Education and Workforce Committee held a public hearing on what it generally called “workplace leave” policies. Ostensibly,…

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