But They’re Good With Tip Pooling Extension

As aghast as the aforementioned Representative Bobby Scott claimed to be over the reversal of the joint employer and other rulings by the NLRB, it appears he was much pleased with Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta and his extension of the public comment period on a potential tip pooling rule change. You will recall that…

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Senate Confirms 3 To DOL

While DOL considers comments submitted about a potential change in the tip pooling rule, the department welcomed three new executive level employees to their shop as the full Senate gave formal confirmation to three Trump appointees to the DOL.  Last week, the Senate confirmed the nominations of Kate S. O’Scannlain, from Maryland, to be Solicitor…

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Tax Reform Losers?

As we hear more and more punditry on who wins with the new Tax Reform law the President signed last week (80% of American taxpayers will see a tax reduction!) and who loses, it seemed to take a bit of a comical twist last week with the complaints of a number of institutions of higher…

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New Jersey Tax Change

And for the record, the new federal tax reform law, which doubles the exemption from the federal estate tax for the next 8 years, after which the higher threshold sunsets. But in New Jersey, outgoing Governor Chris Christie succeeded in eliminating the state tax on inheritances completely back when he signed a tax overhaul bill…

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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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