Tip Pooling To OMB

Earlier this week while attending an excellent CFA Forum and Lobby Day in Washington DC, we learned that the Department of Labor sent a revised rule on tip pooling to the White House Office of Management and Budget for approval. OMB must approve new regulations before they are published in the Federal Register. The proposed…

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NLRB Set, Trump Nominates New FTC Chair

With the National Labor Relations Board now at full strength, with his final Director appointments confirmed, sworn in and seated, President Trump this week announced his nomination of antitrust attorney Joseph Simons as the new chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Simons, whose formal appointment is also subject to US Senate confirmation, is co-chairman…

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New Minimum Wage Tentacles

Notwithstanding difficulties within the SEIU offices as outlined above, their push for increased minimum wages seems to be growing new appendages in some locales around the country. Earlier this month, the Common Council of South Bend Indiana expanded its current minimum wage requirement when it voted to tie tax abatements for private businesses to minimum…

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Miscellaneous

The 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index by the Tax Foundation was released last week with few surprises in either the top or bottom 10 states in the listing. Less regulation-oriented states populate the 10 most business-friendly while the more progressive “pick up the rear”. Wyoming tops the list, followed by South Dakota and Alaska.…

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Montgomery Council To Delay $15 Minimum

Just outside DC, the Montgomery County Council’s Health and Human Services Committee voted Monday to delay implementation of a minimum wage increase from the current $11.50 to $15 an hour. In January, the Council approved legislation that raised the hourly minimum to $15 minimum by 2020 for most businesses and by 2022 for businesses with…

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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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