IG Faults NLRB Director Emanuel

The NLRB Inspector General completed its investigation into the NLRB Board vote overturning the joint-employer ruling and concluded Director William Emanuel should not have participated. The Board reversed the 2015 Browning-Ferris decision on joint employment and reinstated the historic definition back in December with the full 5 NLRB members participating. Subsequently, it became known that…

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Minimum Wage Volatility

At the state level, states have been actively considering changes in state-mandated minimum wages over the past several weeks with mixed results. Over the course of the past two weeks or so, an Arizona state senate committee advanced legislation amending a voter-approved initiative ($12 minimum wage) by reducing that minimum to $10 if the amendment…

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Deep Pocketed Special Interests

Think this is who they mean? When we hear feel good politicians talk about the evils of money in politics and special interests buying favorable legislation, my guess is they don’t mean unions! Notwithstanding, it’s been reported that one of New York City’s powerful unions made regular edits and arguably had a veto on final…

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“Worker Advocates” Push Empire Act

A more recent undertaking by so-called worker advocates (have to believe that unions are likely writing this bill too!) is the Empire Act, legislation that would allow employees to bypass forced arbitration clauses in their employment contracts. The bill is in preparation for the anticipated decision of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)…

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Paid Leave Still Percolating

It won’t go away anytime soon, so we should be aware and prepared to fight proposals to mandate additional paid leave for employees. Advocates are not resting as evidenced by the fact that the Austin Texas City Council passed a new paid leave mandate just last week. Under the provisions of the bill, which passed…

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Sexual Harassment Net Still Making Big Catches

One of the regular newsletters we read for additional information to include in Small Regular, No Sugar! sadly added a regular feature on sexual harassment a few months back when the most salacious stories broke. Since that time, sexual harassment allegations have become news mainstays and have brought down countless politicians across the country, an…

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Northeast Regional Member Meeting

For the above reasons, the annual Northeast Regional Meeting will cover the subject of sexual harassment in detail on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham Massachusetts. We have two great presentations planned on a couple of the more timely topics of today: Keeping Your Business Free of Sexual Harassment; and…

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House Passes ‘drive-by lawsuit’ Fix

The US House of Representatives yesterday passed HR 620, which requires that business owners be given details about alleged ADA violations and a time to cure the default before a lawsuit can be initiated. The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, which has long been a priority of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA),…

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Committee Postpones Ring Confirmation

Although it was scheduled to take place Wednesday, the Health Education Labor & Pensions Committee (HELP) confirmation hearing for NLRB nominee John Ring was postponed until March 1 at the request of Ranking Member Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.). Murray apparently requested the delay because of democratic concerns about alleged conflicts of interest with another National…

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House Democrats Target Tip Pooling Rule

The recent efforts of the Department of Labor to rescind an Obama-era restriction on tip pools were targeted yesterday by House democrats. A roundtable held in DC focused on generating opposition to the DOL proposed rule allowing tip pooling. Democratic members of the Committee on Education and the Workforce among others joined representatives from the…

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