FDA Kicks Menu Labeling Down The Road

Although we have to believe most affected restaurant chains were all ready for the new menu labeling requirements to become effective today, May 5 – it’s not necessarily a bad turn of events that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is delaying implementation of the mandate until 2018. The requirement, which was mandated as part…

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House Backs Comp Time Option

As you now know, the US House yesterday afternoon passed the American Health Care Act of 2017 that repeals and replaces Obamacare, but the major media outlets will provide you with all the details on that issue. Perhaps equally important to you, it also passed the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (HB1180) by a…

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Paid Leave Debates Ongoing

It’s possible to next become law in Maryland as Governor Larry Hogan seems to be considering signing a paid sick leave mandate into law. That fact is worth noting given that Hogan had previously announced the proposal “dead on arrival”. The Governor had previously proposed his own paid sick leave bill that applied to 50…

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Trump Tax Reform

President Donald Trump released his plan to radically remake the tax code on Wednesday. According to initial media reports, the President’s proposal would slash the corporate tax rate, boost the standard deduction for individual taxpayers and eliminate the estate tax entirely. In addition, the plan would also repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax for individuals as…

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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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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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NLRB Unionizing And Other Issues Continue

Although the National Labor Relations Board is structured as an independent arbiter of labor issues, the agency’s apparent campaign to unionize as much of the US economy as possible continues unabated. Specifically, the recent NLRB recognition of graduate students as employees at universities across the country continues, most recently at Penn State, American University, Brown,…

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Budget Crisis, But Minimum Wage Clears Hurdle

The state of Illinois is currently mired in a budget crisis of legendary proportions – for almost 2 full years, chaos has ruled. There have been unfunded pension issues, corruption allegations back and forth, the Attorney General sued to stop state worker paychecks, lawsuits between government agencies, furloughs of state employees, Northeastern Illinois and Chicago…

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Florida Bill Clears First Hurdle

Good news came out of Tallahassee earlier this week with the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries voting favorably on the Protect Florida Small Business Act (SB 750). The 7-2 vote came at the conclusion of the public hearing (SB 750 discussion begins at 19:00 minute mark +/-) on the proposal that was sponsored by Senator…

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Minimum Wage Redux?

We advised months ago that the voter-approved minimum wage hike in the state of Maine was going to be reconsidered by the legislature and in fact, a raucous public hearing was held this week in Augusta for just that purpose. Media reports claim that between “dozens” and “hundreds” (we don’t know which is the ‘fake…

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