Secretary Announces Apprenticeship Task Force

Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta has announced the members of the new Apprenticeship Task Force and franchisees should be proud of their participation in Coalition of Franchisee Associations among others. The CFA was instrumental in guiding task force appointments that would best represent the interests of small business man and woman.  With CFA input, we…

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Court Strikes Down Overtime Rule

A federal court in Texas yesterday struck down the Obama-era overtime rule adopted by the Department of Labor. The rule, which more than doubled the overtime threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 was originally slated to take effect last December, but was enjoined by the court just a few days earlier. In yesterday’s decision, the court…

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What’s Brewing: Joint-employer, Overtime rules, Shift scheduling

In with the new and out with the old. This summer small business owners are getting a clearer picture of where the Trump Administration stands on some key issues. The Trump Administration is taking aim at a pair of controversial, Obama-era policies that say could be damaging to the franchising business while also driving up…

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DOL Asks For Delay on Persuader Rule

With new Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta just getting sworn in, his Department of Labor has asked a Minnesota federal court for a further delay in its response deadline on a legal challenge to the Obama-era persuader rule. The rule, redefined under the previous administration, expanded the categories of “persuaders” – those hired to defeat…

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And Not A Moment Too Soon

At long last, there is a new Secretary of Labor and a full Cabinet for President Trump as Alex Acosta was finally confirmed to the post by the US Senate a full 98 days into the Trump administration. Acosta, who was nominated by President Trump after his first choice, Andy Puzder, withdrew from consideration after…

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No Acosta Vote Before Recess

Congress recessed last week without taking a vote on the nomination of Trump Labor Secretary-nominee Alex Acosta, so we are still without a Secretary of Labor. The latest projections are that a confirmation vote on the Acosta nomination will not happen before the last week of April. In the interim, the Department of Labor has…

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Acosta Confirmation Not Yet Scheduled

The franchise issue may have moved as scheduled in Florida, but the wheels of government turn much more slowly in the nation’s capital. Despite having been approved by the HELP Committee in the US Senate over one week ago, there is still no confirmation vote scheduled on the nomination of Alex Acosta as Labor Secretary…

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Acosta Approved by Committee

The likelihood of the Trump administration finally getting a new Secretary of Labor in place took a major step forward this week with the approval of Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta by the Senate Committee on Health Employment Labor and Pensions (HELP). The committee recommended his confirmation yesterday by a party-line vote of 12 –…

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That Most Elusive Hearing

When Andy Puzder was the Labor Secretary nominee, his confirmation hearing was scheduled, postponed and rescheduled no fewer than 5 times before he withdrew from consideration on February 15 – without a hearing ever taking place!. With current nominee Alex Acosta, confirmed for other posts by the Senate on 3 different occasions, most believed it…

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Hearing Set For Labor Nominee Acosta

The initial confirmation hearing on the nomination of Alexander Acosta as President Trump’s Labor Secretary has been scheduled. The Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) has scheduled the first of its Acosta confirmation hearings for 1:30 next Wednesday in the Dirksen Senate Office building. President Trump’s initial nominee, CKE Restaurant CEO Andy…

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