Tax Reform Reality

It may have been a few months coming, but the republican controlled Congress has finally given President Trump a significant legislative victory with this week’s passage of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, sending the legislation to the White House just in time for Christmas. The pundits on both sides have had plenty to say…

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A Bang, Not A Whimper

The term of National Labor Relations Board Chairman Philip Miscimarra ended at midnight last Saturday in a blaze of glory as the new NLRB republican majority overturned several egregious Obama-era decisions, the last of which was the 2011 Specialty Healthcare ruling. Under Specialty Healthcare, workers under certain circumstances were allowed to form bargaining units representing…

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NLRB Reverses Joint Employer

Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board officially overturned its egregious joint-employer standard (imposed by the Obama NLRB in its Browning-Ferris decision in 2015) and restored the historical standard of “direct and immediate” control. Now with a 3-2 republican majority under President Trump, the NLRB ruled yesterday on a 3-2 party-line vote that the standard created…

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NLRB Not Done Yet

As great as their joint employer standard reversal is, it appears that the Trump-era NLRB is not stopping there! In a separate ruling also released yesterday, the NLRB reversed the standard the agency created in its 2004 Lutheran Heritage Village-Livonia decision that employer policies that could be reasonably construed by an employee to prohibit or…

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From Tax Reform to IRS Reform?

We’ve all been watching closely as Congress has worked to and has seemingly succeeded in patching together a tax reform package with a real possibility of becoming law. But beyond that possibility, we also learned this week that the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee has set its sights on a more appetizing target for…

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Tax Reform Conferees Named

Congressional leaders have named the conferees from the US House and the US Senate who will work to narrow differences between the two different tax reform bills. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) signaled he is open to discussing major changes to the bill in conference, including whether to hike the corporate…

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NLRB Appointments, Again

That’s right, President Trump did recently provide a full 5-member complement of appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in addition to new NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb – but now has a new vacancy to fill, again. The term of current NLRB Chairman Philip Miscimarra is set to expire one week from tomorrow,…

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Rescinding Regulations

The new general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, management side attorney Peter Robb, is wasting no time before sinking his teeth into the regulatory meat of the Obama administration labor record. General Counsel Robb, who replaced Richard Griffin when his term expired last month, issued a memo to staff on the first of…

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And, Tip Pooling Too

It may not be in the purview of the National Labor Relations Board, but another Obama-era regulation is being rescinded by the “new sheriff in town”! The Trump administration has proposed rescinding the rule that prevents employers from including “back-of-house employees” in workplace tip pools, but only in businesses that pay the standard minimum wage.…

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Massachusetts Ballot Issues Advancing

The proponents are already claiming they’ve collected enough valid voter signatures in Massachusetts to put a couple of wage and paid leave proposals before the voters on the 2018 state ballot. The non-profit RaiseUp Massachusetts said last week that their wage ballot and paid leave measures each had more than double the required 64,750 valid…

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