What’s Brewing: Sodium Regulation, Minimum wage

The Trump Administration sooner or later will start delivering on its promise to slash government red tape but, in the meantime, the battle over wages, sick leave and food labeling requirements continues to rage on at the city, state and county level. New York City officials are crowing over a court victory upholding their new…

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Dismantling Obama ‘Legacy’

Notwithstanding the failure to ‘repeal and replace’ Obama Care with the American Health Care Act last week, the Obama legacy is in large measure being steadily and systematically dismantled by Congress and President Trump. This past week, the President signed a number of CRA (Congressional Review Act) resolutions into law – the first blocks an…

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DC Circuit Overturns NLRB

Speaking of labor and labor-centric issues, last week the DC Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an NLRB decision where the agency had ruled that workers could not revoke “dues checkoff” authorizations (which allows an employer to deduct union dues directly from the paychecks of union members) between the expiration of a union contract and the…

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Baltimore Vetoes Minimum Wage; States Preempt

One could say business interests won a couple of battles this week on the issue of minimum wage increases across the country. First, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed a local ordinance that would have set a Baltimore minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2022. Maryland law provides that the current minimum of $8.75 increase…

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NLRB General Counsel Illegally Appointed

The US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued the final word this week on President Obama’s appointment of Lafe Solomon as acting NLRB General Counsel back in 2010: the appointment was against the law! A quick summary, Lafe Solomon was named acting NLRB General Counsel by President Obama back in June, 2010 and formally nominated for the…

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But, Griffin’s Tenure Is Legal

Under the heading of “watch what you ask for, you might get it”, Lafe Solomon’s tenure was deleted by SCOTUS, but his replacement, Richard Griffin, who was confirmed by the Senate and gave us the new ‘joint-employer’ definition as well as a host of other egregious rulings, still has another eight months to serve in…

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Florida Committee Hearing Delayed

Just more proof that the wheels of government turn slowly, the hearing on the Protect Florida Small Business Act has been postponed until the first week of April. The Protect Florida Small Business Act, which was to be heard next Tuesday in Tallahassee, is an excellent piece of legislation that would restore some semblance of…

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NLRB Plows Ahead

Getting Acosta confirmed and in place is critical, as NLRB just keeps making headlines and its issues remain in the forefront. This week, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling by an NLRB administrative judge that an employer prematurely withdrew recognition of their union but also overturned the prescribed NLRB remedy. Employees of…

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Paid Leave Surfacing Again

It has been rearing its head all around the nation for a while now, and the paid leave phenomenon got a boost when President Trump addressed Congress and told them he wanted them to pass paid family leave into law. So, with that boost, the issue continues with Maine considering adopting a version of the…

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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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