Florida Franchising Bill Pending

As we have advised over the past few weeks, the Florida Protect Small Business Act, filed by Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Jason Brodeur, has been assigned to the Committee on Regulated Industries. Regretably, the bill has not yet been formally scheduled for a public hearing, and the Florida legislative session begins next Tuesday, March…

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Calmer Seas for Acosta

For the past few months, we’ve reported regularly on the ups and downs of former Trump Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder and the ultimately successful effort to derail his appointment. Early indications are that the new nominee for the business-critical post, Alexander Acosta, (here is a story on his time on the National Labor Relations…

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Not a Moment Too Soon

It was reported this week that the Trump administration is looking at filling the two empty seats on the National Labor Relations Board soon, thereby creating a republican majority on the 5-member independent agency for the first time since 2008. The likely shift that a full complement of Directors would bring about could not be…

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Congress Releases ACA Replacement Parameters

They’re not yet ready to completely dismantle Obama Care, but Congress is steadily moving the ball in that direction. Last week, Congressional republicans unveiled a 19-page Policy Brief and Resources Report that establishes the parameters they will use in repealing and replacing the signature accomplishment of the Obama administration. The document, formally released to the…

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Florida Franchising Bill Up For Hearing

The Florida Protect Small Business Act, filed by Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Jason Brodeur, has been assigned to the Committee on Regulated Industries and will be subject to a public hearing once the legislative session begins in earnest at the beginning of March. Although we do not yet have a specific date and time…

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Employment Battles Continue as More States Preempt

A growing number of states around the nation are exercising control of minimum wages by preempting the establishment of local minimums, paid sick leave and other employment mandates, according to a new report. In “City Rights in an Era of Preemption”, the National League of Cities laments the proliferation of state preemption and alleges that…

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Trump Names New Labor Nominee

In the wake of CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder withdrawing as the nominee for Labor Secretary, President Trump wasted little time naming a replacement, nominating Alexander Acosta – a former National Labor Relations Board member, US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Justice Department official and the current dean of Florida International College of…

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House Hearing On NLRB

Speaking of the NLRB wreaking havoc, Congress is fully aware of it as well. A subcommittee of the US House Committee on Education and the Workforce (Representative Virginia Foxx, who chairs the committee, will be a keynote speaker at the CFA Lobby Day Forum – see below) wants to reign in the NLRB as quickly…

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Florida Fair Franchising Update

We will report regularly on the fate of the Protect Florida Small Business Act, filed last week by Florida state senator Jack Latvala and a host of other sponsors.  The bill (SB 750 – An Act Relating Franchises) seeks to restore some sense of balance to the franchisee-franchisor relationship.  Within an hour of the bill…

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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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