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It may not be in the purview of the National Labor Relations Board, but another Obama-era regulation is being rescinded by the “new sheriff in town”!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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Massachusetts Ballot Issues Advancing

The proponents are already claiming they’ve collected enough valid voter signatures in Massachusetts to put a couple of wage and paid leave proposals before the voters on the 2018 state ballot. The non-profit RaiseUp Massachusetts said last week that their wage ballot and paid leave measures each had more than double the required 64,750 valid…

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Senate Advances Tax Reform

Following the lead of their counterparts in the House of Representatives (but going with their own version of what the House passed), the US Senate advanced its own Tax Reform bill out of the Senate Finance Committee on a party line vote a couple of weeks ago. And this week, cleared the first procedural step…

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Maryland Governor Files Sick Leave Bill

As a further case in point as to the spread of paid sick leave, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced he will file two paid sick leave bills for consideration during the upcoming legislative session. Last session, the Maryland legislature passed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, a sick leave bill which Hogan vetoed as being…

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Tax Reform Tops the List

As we’re all no doubt aware, the tax reform debate is THE top issue being discussed currently in the Nation’s Capital. Yesterday, the US House advanced its tax reform legislation and sent it to the US Senate by a vote of 227 – 205. The bill as approved by the House represents a tax cut…

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Paid Sick Leave State Laws

On the subject of paid sick leave, as the trend of government mandating employee benefits for private employees continues – and specifically, paid family medical or sick leave – we found this Business Journal article particularly helpful in understanding who does and does not require paid leave as well as which states and or municipalities…

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Miscellaneous

Dunkin held a CFO call yesterday, during which there was no discussion of the $100 M “fund”. Apparently that will be left for February 2018 meeting, but they did reveal that DD US fees and royalty income to date was tracking a bit higher than last year and that out year accounting standards will cause…

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