Switching Chairs

Just last week, we advised readers of the scheduled term expirations for the members of the National Labor Relations Board, and the importance of the President filling vacancies on the Board.  In that vein, you’ll recall that the first to expire is the republican member Philip Miscimarra (December, 2017). Well, the power within the current…

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Maryland Another Battleground

They’re not about right to work, but there’s more battles brewing in Maryland over minimum wages and paid sick leave mandates. First off, Montgomery County Executive officer Isiah Leggett vetoed a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour by 2020 that the County Council passed by a vote of 5-4 last week. Leggett had expressed…

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What’s Brewing: Calorie Labeling, Minimum Wage, Sick Leave

Dunkin’ franchise owners can expect to find a friendlier ear in federal government now that Republicans control both Congress and the White House. Any attempts to raise the minimum wage on the federal level are arguably pretty much DOA now. Ditto for other issues, such as reclassifying managers as hourly workers, and union-friendly rulings by…

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OT Advocates Look To States

With the Department of Labor overtime rule having suffered a somewhat similar fate (enjoined nationally by the federal court) as did the persuader rule discussed above, advocates for the policy of more than doubling the overtime threshold are now casting their eyes on state governments. As new legislative sessions get underway, democratic lawmakers in a…

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Labor Attorneys Planning Battle?

On the surface, it may seem that the labor issue pendulum has swung in favor of business with the Trump administration taking office and Congress in the republican control, but business interests shouldn’t expect the unions or their advocates in the plaintiff’s bar to go quietly into that good night! To the contrary, we found…

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Court Orders Wage Plan to Ballot

Right to work isn’t the only issue generating news in Missouri as this week the state Supreme Court ordered Kansas City to put a minimum wage initiative that could ultimately lead to a $15 minimum wage on the municipal ballot.  Missouri law preempts local communities from establishing their own minimum wages higher than that of…

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Court Rejects Staying OT Rule Injunction

As we reported to you back in early December, the federal court in Texas enjoined the new Department of Labor overtime regulations that would have more than doubled the overtime exemption threshold to over $47,000, a decision that DOL quickly appealed. Last week, Judge Amos Mazzant of the District Circuit, who actually issued the injunction…

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Dismantling Obama Care

The United States Senate passed a fiscal 2017 budget resolution early Thursday, the first step in the process of repealing Obamacare through a powerful, majority-vote mechanism known as reconciliation.  The 51- 48 vote came after many hours of debate on an array of Democratic amendments intended to squeeze Republicans for targeting the health law. The…

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New I-9, But Same Old Risk

The new I-9 Form, which the US Citizens and Immigration Service (USCIS) published a few months ago will be required for all employers on January 22, 2017.  Although not mandatory until the 22nd, the form is available online now from USCIS and may be used immediately.  The I-9 Form itself may be new, with features…

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Cuomo Creates New York “Payroll Police”

He may not have named it that, but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was pretty clear that policing employer payrolls will be a primary goal of his new 200 member enforcement force.  This week, the governor announced the creation of the Minimum Wage Enforcement and Outreach Unit, a new state agency that will be comprised…

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