NLRB Charges Union with Violations

In a “man bites dog” story if ever there was one, the National Labor Relations Board filed charges last week against a California healthcare union, Service Employees International Union – United Healthcare Workers West!   The union is accused of forcing a nurse’s aide to pay dues without advising him of his right to opt out…

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But a Tiger Can’t Change Its Stripes

Just when you hope the NLRB is showing balance between labor and business, we learn of a decision they rendered in a Connecticut dispute (that was overturned by the federal court).  Our friends at Bennett Law Firm advised us this week that the DC Court of Appeals overturned the NLRB in a 5 year old…

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DOL Moves Minimum Wage Up Again

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has given notice that the minimum wage required to be paid by all federal contractors to workers performing under those contracts will increase effective January 1, 2016. Notwithstanding that the minimum for these workers was increased to $10.10 per hour on January 1 of this year, it…

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Hope on the Horizon?

He’s only in single digits in current polls, but I suspect Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker hit a responsive chord with business interests this week when he advised that “the NLRB is broken beyond repair.”  In releasing “Power to the People – not the Union Bosses – Plan”, Governor Walker who is running for the Republican…

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DOL Refuses OT Comment Extension

Notwithstanding pleas from business interests around the country as well as the Advocacy Office of the Small Business Administration, the Department of Labor has denied requests for extension of the public comment period.  As a result of the Department of Labor’s intransigence, all public comment on the Wage & Hour Division proposal to more than…

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Still More Anti-business Labor Regulations

As if the egregious doubling of the “white collar exemption” weren’t enough, Obama’s Department of Labor has proposed another new regulation that is very friendly to organized labor at the expense of business.  Although QSRs will likely not be directly impacted, a new regulation proposed by the Department of Labor and the Federal Acquisition Regulatory…

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NLRB Upholds New Joint Employer Rule

In a much-anticipated decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday declared war on small businesses across the country and on the franchise industry in particular by upholding the new expanded definition of joint-employer.  By a partisan vote of 3-2, the full Board ruled that Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) was a joint employer along with a…

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SBA Advocate Asks for More Comment Time on Overtime

With the Obama administration moving full bore on implementing its new overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the business advocate’s office within the Small Business Administration has formally requested that DOL allow more time for concerned individuals and small businesses to comment on the proposal.  DOL’s Wage and Hour Division has proposed more…

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On and Off Stage at the 2015 National Conference

Rob Branca Before his career as a Dunkin’ Donuts owner and franchise industry expert, Rob Branca practiced law at the firm of Lisa & Sousa in Providence, RI. He worked closely with many Dunkin’ franchisees, setting up their business entities and real estate transactions—all the while gaining valuable insight into how family businesses operate and…

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Los Angeles Wage Law Closer To Reality

The Los Angeles City Council gave its final approval this week to an ordinance mandating a $15/hour minimum wage by 2020, but held back on some of the more controversial provisions they had been considering.  Unbelievably, the Council is still deliberating whether to adopt an amendment exempting certain unions that may have negotiated lower pay…

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