Senate Advances Tax Reform

Following the lead of their counterparts in the House of Representatives (but going with their own version of what the House passed), the US Senate advanced its own Tax Reform bill out of the Senate Finance Committee on a party line vote a couple of weeks ago. And this week, cleared the first procedural step…

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Maryland Governor Files Sick Leave Bill

As a further case in point as to the spread of paid sick leave, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced he will file two paid sick leave bills for consideration during the upcoming legislative session. Last session, the Maryland legislature passed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, a sick leave bill which Hogan vetoed as being…

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Tax Reform Tops the List

As we’re all no doubt aware, the tax reform debate is THE top issue being discussed currently in the Nation’s Capital. Yesterday, the US House advanced its tax reform legislation and sent it to the US Senate by a vote of 227 – 205. The bill as approved by the House represents a tax cut…

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Paid Sick Leave State Laws

On the subject of paid sick leave, as the trend of government mandating employee benefits for private employees continues – and specifically, paid family medical or sick leave – we found this Business Journal article particularly helpful in understanding who does and does not require paid leave as well as which states and or municipalities…

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Miscellaneous

Dunkin held a CFO call yesterday, during which there was no discussion of the $100 M “fund”. Apparently that will be left for February 2018 meeting, but they did reveal that DD US fees and royalty income to date was tracking a bit higher than last year and that out year accounting standards will cause…

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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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