NLRB Now Attacks Right-To-Work

Speaking of the excesses of the National Labor Relations Board, the latest target of the federal agency run amok seems to be the 25 states that currently have Right-To-Work laws on their books.  Last week, the NLRB Board formally issued an invitation for briefs asking legal scholars around the country to present on the question…

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Richmond Meeting

We strongly encourage our members in the mid-Atlantic region to consider attending the DDIFO Member Meeting next Tuesday, April 21 at the Four Point Sheraton Hotel Richmond Airport.  We are thrilled to have Franklin Coley, Campaign Director for the Center for A New Economy and Attorney Douglas Duerr, a partner with the Atlanta-based law firm…

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DOL Signals Increased Enforcement

US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez testified before Congress a week ago on the DOL budget request and in so doing, gave an impression that there will be increased enforcement by his department on perceived wage and hour violations.  Aside from minimum wage issues, the Obama administration is increasing their focus on overtime pay.  During…

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Maine Governor Pushes Ending Income Tax

Maine Governor Paul LePage last week announced that he will back a petition campaign to eliminate the state income tax entirely.  At a forum in Auburn, LePage blamed the income tax for many of the state’s problems and articulated his plan for a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the state income tax forever.  His current…

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Dept of Labor Expands Definition of Spouse

Under the provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), since 1993, eligible employees have been allowed to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons including to care for a spouse dealing with a medical issue.  Spouse now includes those in same-sex marriages. The change ostensibly stems from the Defense of Marriage…

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NLRB Sued Over “Ambush” Election Rule

More news this week regarding the NLRB and its pro-labor advocacy has the agency being sued by a number of national business groups over the agency’s recent passage of the so-called “ambush election” ruling.  The ruling will lower the threshold for union organizing efforts within private sector companies by streamlining the process required and dramatically…

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Court Strikes Dept of Labor OT Ruling

Although it clearly doesn’t impact the QSR industry, we’re certainly pleased to learn that a federal court in Washington DC has struck down portions of a ruling of the Department of Labor mandating minimum wages and overtime pay for certain home health companion workers employed by third party businesses.  The decision will hopefully serve to…

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The Flip Side of the Union Organizing Coin

Notwithstanding efforts by “zealous advocates for social change” and others around the country, we’re encouraged now and then to see public officials advocating a return to a freer economic market that can produce real economic benefits.  In that vein, so-called Right to Work legislation appears to be gaining ground in a couple of different states. …

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Right To Work Upheld in Indiana

In neighboring Indiana, the state Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the state right to work law, dealing a blow to organized labor, which had strongly opposed the law when it was passed in 2012.  Generally, Right to Work laws prohibit an employer from requiring union membership or requiring the payment of any monies (including union…

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Economy Showing Some Strength as US Adds 214,000 Jobs

There was more encouraging news on the economic front this week as the nation’s economy added 214,000 new jobs in the month of October – reportedly the ninth straight month of 200,000 plus new jobs.  At the same time, the Department of Labor reported last week that the nation’s unemployment rate in October fell to…

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