New Joint-Employer Suit Filed

As courts strike down more of the Obama administration’s revised regulations, one of them that may most directly impact franchising served as the basis for another class action suit this week as more employees with a grievance try to get the “deep pockets” into court for liability.  This case was brought in Cook County, Illinois…

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Congress Cautions on Lame-Duck Regulations

Against the backdrop painted by these issues, both the US House of Representatives and the United States Senate have expressed concern over the prospect of the Obama administration passing a host of new lame-duck regulations before the President formally leaves office on January 20, 2017.  In a letter signed by 22 republican leaders and sent…

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SHOP Waives Minimum Through December 15

Notwithstanding that there will be a new administration in place come January 20 and that President-elect Trump has proposed repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) when he takes office, businesses are still required to comply with the provisions of Obamacare until that time. Eligible small businesses looking to enroll their employees through the Small Business…

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NJ Governor Vetoes More UI Payments to Strikers

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made good on a promise to veto legislation that would have expanded the ability of striking workers to collect additional unemployment insurance payments while on strike.  In his veto message to the legislature, he especially highlighted retroactive provisions in the legislation that would have reached back to April 10,…

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Illinois Governor Implements Merit Plan

In arguably another defeat for big labor, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has begun implementing parts of his proposed merit pay contract for state workers by processing $1000 bonus payments and imposing new rules on overtime.  The payments, which are one-time only, go to employees who’ve missed less than 5% of their assigned work days over…

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NYC Bans Salary History Question

Just before the election, as the country was focused on who would become our 45th President of the United States, New York City Mayor bill de Blasio was signing an executive order banning municipal agencies from asking job applicants for their salary histories.  Executive Order 21 prohibits agencies from inquiring about an applicant’s salary history…

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Maine Voters Pass Surcharge, Recount Requested

Final results were close and late coming in on some ballot issues and the Maine so-called “Millionaire’s Tax” is one of them.  On Election Day, voters approved Question 2, a citizen initiative that reinforces a 2004 law requiring the state to fund 55% of K-12 education costs, a mandate the Legislature failed to meet.  Question…

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Miscellaneous

A California customer of Krispy Kreme has filed a $5 million dollar class action lawsuit for false and misleading business practices against the North Carolina based chain.  The suit contends that four of the company’s donuts do not contain raspberries, blueberries or maple as the company claims.  The suit was filed in the US Court…

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Congratulations, President-elect Trump

American humorist Will Rogers is credited with saying that “conventional wisdom is not conventional.”  And that adage was proven again as it certainly wasn’t foreseen by the experts, pollsters and pundits that Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump would handily (289-218 in the Electoral College) win Tuesday’s election and will become the nation’s 45th President.…

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What About Health Care?

With President-elect Trump promising to repeal Obama Care and both houses of Congress controlled by the Republicans, one could easily assume that the ACA will be repealed early on in the Trump presidency.  That may be easier said than done however.  Although it’s true that republicans will control both branches of Congress, they will not…

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