It’s the Economy…

With cable and online news outfits reporting on events 24/7/365, it should be easy for the viewing American public to find the really meaningful stories at any hour of the day or night. But the sheer volume of “news,” often offered without any filter or verification, is making it more difficult to separate the journalistic…

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House Passes Joint Employer “Fix”

Earlier this week by a vote of 49 – 46, the US House of Representatives passed the Save Local Business Act, (H.R. 3441) sponsored by Alabama Representative Bradley Byrne. The legislation was drafted in response to the egregious expansion of the joint employer definition by the National Labor Relations in the Browning-Ferris decision just over…

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Griffin Out, Robb Confirmed

Speaking of the NLRB and their egregious decision on joint-employer, the architect of that ruling, General Counsel Richard Griffin, was working under a fixed term contract which expired on November 1 and he is no longer with the NLRB. Effective the first of this month, Griffin was out as General Counsel and the acting general…

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Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Updates Coming

As we get further into the fall months, there tends to be fewer public hearings on new legislative proposals as lawmakers look to get back to their districts and wind down their formal work. That lull, such as it is, gives us valuable time to capture and summarize the broad array of state legislative changes…

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House Passes Budget

This week, while the Coalition of Franchisee Associations met in Washington DC (although I’m sure it was just coincidental), the US House of Representatives passed an amended version of the Senate budget, paving the way for the introduction of significant tax reform legislation as a topic of discussion.  The budget legislation is a far cry…

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Tip Pooling To OMB

Earlier this week while attending an excellent CFA Forum and Lobby Day in Washington DC, we learned that the Department of Labor sent a revised rule on tip pooling to the White House Office of Management and Budget for approval. OMB must approve new regulations before they are published in the Federal Register. The proposed…

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NLRB Set, Trump Nominates New FTC Chair

With the National Labor Relations Board now at full strength, with his final Director appointments confirmed, sworn in and seated, President Trump this week announced his nomination of antitrust attorney Joseph Simons as the new chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Simons, whose formal appointment is also subject to US Senate confirmation, is co-chairman…

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New Minimum Wage Tentacles

Notwithstanding difficulties within the SEIU offices as outlined above, their push for increased minimum wages seems to be growing new appendages in some locales around the country. Earlier this month, the Common Council of South Bend Indiana expanded its current minimum wage requirement when it voted to tie tax abatements for private businesses to minimum…

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Miscellaneous

The 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index by the Tax Foundation was released last week with few surprises in either the top or bottom 10 states in the listing. Less regulation-oriented states populate the 10 most business-friendly while the more progressive “pick up the rear”. Wyoming tops the list, followed by South Dakota and Alaska.…

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Montgomery Council To Delay $15 Minimum

Just outside DC, the Montgomery County Council’s Health and Human Services Committee voted Monday to delay implementation of a minimum wage increase from the current $11.50 to $15 an hour. In January, the Council approved legislation that raised the hourly minimum to $15 minimum by 2020 for most businesses and by 2022 for businesses with…

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