Disaster Relief Signed Into Law

Last Friday, President Trump signed into law the Disaster Relief and Airport and Airway Expansion Act of 2017. Don’t let the airport references in the title fool you, the significance of this bill for small business owners is the relief it provides for those whose businesses were devastated by recent Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The…

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Joint-Employer Revision Advances in House

One committee in Congress also moved to address a ‘disaster’ of a different sort this week when it gave formal approval to H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act. On a party-line vote of 23 – 17, the House Education and the Workforce Committee advances the bill, which narrows the extent to which certain businesses…

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NLRB Counsel Corrects Answer to SCOTUS

The author of the aforementioned expansion of the joint-employer definition, lame-duck NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin sent a letter to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) this week to clarify and correct “a series of inaccurate answers” he gave during oral arguments on Monday in the case of NLRB v. Murphy’s Oil. The issue in…

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SCOTUS to Hear Right to Work, Again

Speaking of the US Supreme Court, SCOTUS has announced that it will take up the case of Janus v AFSCME, dealing with right to work laws, and hear arguments in the case this term (likely next calendar year). At issue is whether or not public-sector workers can be forced to join the representing union or…

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Senate Confirms Emanuel For Full NLRB

For the first time in quite a while, the National Labor Relations Board operated with a full complement of Directors this week as fifth Director William Emanuel was confirmed early this week by the United States Senate on a party-line vote of 49-47. Emanuel’s confirmation gives the 5-person Board a 3-2 republican majority for the…

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Soda Tax Updates

We’ll start with the disappointing revenue numbers in Philadelphia generated by the City’s new soda tax for the month of August. The tax, which was projected to generate enough money to fund pre-K educational programs, community schools as well as rebuilding a number of the public facilities in the city missed its target again as…

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Sick Leave Still Spreading

The state level push to add, and in some cases expand existing, paid sick and family leave benefits for workers continued over the past few weeks with California expanding its already-generous family leave law and Rhode Island legislators approving up to 5 sick days leave on an annual basis. California lawmakers sent Governor Jerry Brown…

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Minimum Wage Watch

The seemingly endless increases in minimum wages continued over the past few weeks with the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor announcing the federal contractor minimum will increase to $10.35 per hour beginning on January 1, 2018. In addition, the minimum for tipped employees will increase to $7.25 an hour, also…

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Revenge ON the Machines

No, we didn’t use the wrong preposition, city officials in San Francisco are indeed targeting the machines, or more specifically those who use machines instead of employees. The idea of hitting employers that utilize technology and automation (read: robots) with additional taxes for making their businesses more efficient (at the cost of employee jobs) first…

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