Belgium Attacks

In the wake of the horrendous terrorist attacks earlier this week, we all need to remember those who were injured or killed in the attacks, those who have lost friends or relatives and others who are just trying to cope with the psychological impact of the horror in Brussels.

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Tail Wagging The Dog

GMO labeling is set to become effective in the state of Vermont this July 1 and as a result, Congress is moving much more quickly than usual in order to forestall a patchwork of state laws and regulations over genetically modified organisms (GMO).  This week, the US Senate began debating a federal voluntary labeling bill…

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FDA Postpones Labeling

As much as Congress is moving to get GMO labeling on the books as quickly as possible, federally required menu labeling has been officially put on a much slower track.  The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week formally delayed enforcement of the new requirement until one year after it releases its final guidance…

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DOL Overtime Rule Sent To OMB

Without boring you with all the painful governmental details, the new Department of Labor mandated overtime rules have been sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for their final review before becoming effective.  OMB review typically takes a month or two to complete, but with the prospect of the Congressional Review…

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New York Senate Includes Sick Leave Mandate

In its latest draft budget for Fiscal Year 2017, the republican-controlled New York senate included a sick leave mandate on private employers.  The budget version, approved earlier this week sets up the parameters for negotiation during budget deliberations with the state Assembly.  By being included in both the Assembly and Senate versions of the budget,…

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Ohio Reps File $2 Minimum Wage Hike

With Ohio Governor John Kasich’s presidential campaign still alive after he won the Buckeye State republican primary this week, could Ohio legislators be looking at slipping a minimum wage increase through while he’s not looking?  Columbus Representative Hearcel Craig along with Representative Kent Smith of Euclid filed a bill last week that would increase the…

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New Jersey Passes Pay Parity

Although it hasn’t garnered too much attention against the backdrop of presidential politics, minimum wage hikes and sick leave mandates, the New Jersey legislature has given final approval to a pay parity bill that will require that men and women employed in the same position, be paid at the same pay rate.  The bill will…

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Massachusetts Offers Tax Amnesty

This week, Massachusetts finalized and announced a new tax amnesty program that will grant individuals and businesses a two-month window to get right with the taxman!  The Massachusetts Department of Revenue Amnesty 2016 program will be available from April 1 through May 31 and will allow taxpayers to file delinquent returns or amend prior tax…

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Philadelphia Expands “Ban the Box”

It hasn’t been in the news much of late, but a recent amendment to the Philadelphia “ban the box” law became effective this past Monday, March 14.  “Ban the box” generally prohibits potential employers from asking job applicants about their criminal background or conducting background checks until the applicant has cleared and initial interview.  Philadelphia,…

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Competitor News

Taco Bell is now expanding their breakfast menu with the addition of a one dollar value menu for their breakfast items.  The company announced last week that the new value menu will consist of 10 breakfast options.  At the same time, they also announced three new items will be added to their current breakfast menu…

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