Feeling the Bern, Two Years Later

Still on the loose, Democratic Socialist Senator and former democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders filed legislation last week that would require employers with at least 500 employees to reimburse the government for the cost of government assistance programs (such as food stamps, public housing, and the like) on which their workers may rely. The bill,…

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CFA Inaugural Legal Symposium

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) inaugural legal symposium will be held just over one month from now in Chicago on Wednesday, October 24 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (with rooms available in the CFA block at a discounted $179 per night). Franchisees already confirmed from more than a dozen other national brands will…

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Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Maryland franchisees will be pleased to learn that DDIFO will be presenting a luncheon program on October 2, 2018 that will provide details on the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (MHWFA) and help Maryland franchisees understand their obligations under the law. The program, which will be held at the Holiday Inn Columbia East in Jessup,…

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DC Minimum Wages

Initiative 77, a Washington DC initiative that was passed by voters in the Nation’s Capital back in June is again back before the DC City Council, where a majority of members oppose the measure. City Councilors are now seriously considering repealing the measure and the city council’s Committee on the Whole will hold a public…

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Complying with the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

At the beginning of the 2018 session in January, the Maryland legislature overrode the veto of Governor Larry Hogan and as a result, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act became effective on February 11, 2018. The law can have a major impact on what private businesses must provide their employees by way of paid and…

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Two Prong Push for Joint Employer Fix

Congress is pushing for a final resolution to the joint employer issue on both the regulatory and legislative fronts. First off this week, both Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and his House counterpart, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Chairman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) sent letters asking all House and Senate members to…

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DOL Extends Forms, Updates Opinion Letters

The gridlock on joint employer notwithstanding, the Department of Labor (DOL) this week extended for three years the validity of current notices and medical certification forms for use in complying with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) The forms were set to expire last Friday, August 31, but have now been extended until…

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IRS Again Tweaking End-runs of New SALT Rules

Just 2 weeks after it proposed a new rule to block state efforts to circumvent the $10,000 state and local tax deductions limit (SALT), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) this week clarified that companies that make business-related payments to charities or government entities may at times write off those donations as normal business expenses, just…

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Machinations in Michigan Minimum Wage Chess Match

To summarize, the Michigan State Board of Canvassers was deadlocked (2-2) over whether to certify the validity of a ballot initiative to increase the state minimum wage to $12 by 2022, mandate paid sick leave on private employers and eliminate the tipped wage by 2024. The Michigan Court of Appeals ordered the Board of Canvassers…

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More Minimum Wage Musings

The situation is somewhat similar down in Arkansas, where a ballot question is slated to be on the state November ballot. Earlier this week, a lawsuit was filed in the Arkansas Supreme Court by a coalition of business interests challenging the initiative and asking the court to order the initiative removed from the November ballot.…

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