Redirection Underway

When elected President in 2008, Barack Obama promised to “fundamentally change America”. Eight years later, Donald Trump, after his own election promised to undo much of that Obama ‘legacy’, and with republicans in control of both the House and Senate, that effort is well underway. This week, the US Senate passed repeal of the Fair…

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But, There Are the “Bitter-Clingers”

Not to their guns & religion, rather to the anti-business direction that was so aggressively advocated during the eight year Obama administration. Leading the pact are still the rulings of the NLRB, about which the US Chamber produced a report, entitled Restoring Common Sense to Labor Law, which identifies the 10 most egregious rulings from…

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Minimum Wages on the National & State Stages

At the national level, US Senator Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democratic incumbent last week filed a 77-page piece of legislation that is a veritable smorgasbord of the union advocacy issues. Up for reelection in November of this year, Brown appears to be trying to ingratiate himself with all possible factions – including business. Aside from…

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Sick Leave Moving in Maryland

The paid sick leave mandate filed in North Carolina may have little chance of becoming law this session, but the outlook is completely different for the mandated benefit in the Maryland Assembly of Delegates. That democratically-controlled legislature has already moved the bill through the Assembly and on to the Senate for its deliberation. Maryland Governor…

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Of Grad Students & Football Players

Having been tied up in court on several of their major rulings regarding business issues (joint-employer, ambush elections, etc.) the NLRB has created a parallel universe of sorts with their rulings that university graduate students along with certain football-playing student athletes (students being the operable word in both cases) are employees for purposes of the…

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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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