Sick Leave -No Delay in MD, No Changes in DC

It turns out that the Maryland House of Delegates would not follow the state senate and delay the implementation of the paid sick leave law in Maryland, letting it take effect as scheduled last Sunday. After serious lobbying by the business community, the senate had agreed to postpone the mandate until July in order to…

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Northeast Regional Member Meeting

The annual Northeast Regional Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham Massachusetts. You will not want to miss this meeting and the presentations we have scheduled on 2 of the more timely topics of today: Keeping Your Business Free of Sexual Harassment; and the Tax Cuts…

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Tipping Over the Tip Pool

It’s been in the news steadily over several weeks, but the Trump administration plan to revisit and likely rescind the tip pool restrictions implemented by the Obama Department of Labor (DOL) took a significant hit last week. It is now alleged that Labor Secretary Alex Acosta buried some research on the question that reflected poorly…

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NLRB Extends Comment Period, Court Remands Workplace Rules

NLRB continues to make headlines under the more business-friendly Trump administration. This week, the agency extended the deadline for public comments to be submitted on the ambush or so-called “quickie” election until March 19, 2018. Back in 2015 under the Obama administration, NLRB ordered a significant reduction in the time required for a union representation…

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Florida Franchisee Protection Bill Advances

The Senate Committee on Regulated Industries in the Florida legislature passed the Small Business Parity Act out of committee by a vote of 5-4 earlier this week. The bill (SB 1076) is similar but more limited than the 2017 Florida Small Business Protection Act, which also was passed by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee but…

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Newsworthy NLRB

We realize we have been reporting quite regularly on the National Labor Relations Board lately, but the agency continues to generate news of import to small businesses – and this week is no exception. The agency is pursuing settlement of the high profile lawsuit it initiated against McDonalds back in 2015 over the joint-employer allegation.…

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Tip Pool Rule Comments

Those interested in the Department of Labor’s proposed new rule governing tip pooling have just over one more week to submit comments to DOL. The comment period, originally set to expire on January 3, was extended for another month and now expires one week from next Monday, on February 5, 2018. The changes overturn the…

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Minimum Wages on Tap Again

Notwithstanding that a number of companies have announced bonus payments and increased minimum wages as a result of the aforementioned Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, there are a host of minimum wage bills being proposed in different and states. First, the Cleveland City Council approved public service contracts with a minimum wage of $15/hour for…

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Kentucky Judge Tosses Right to Work Suit

The on-again, off-again right-to-work law in the state of Kentucky is back in play after a state court judge tossed out the latest challenge brought by the state AFL-CIO and Teamsters Union. The law prohibits the collection of mandatory fees from non-union members under the guise of the unions representing the interests of members and…

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Competitor News

Starbucks had a very difficult reception on Wall Street to its sales and earnings narrative released yesterday. Q1 US same store sales was plus 2, all average ticket, and zero traffic gains from last year. They repeated a now familiar story of weak afternoon and evening business, and declining foot traffic of units inside some…

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