Court Struck Obamacare, But It’s Still Law

A word of caution . . . despite the fact that a federal district court in Texas ruled two weeks ago that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare) was unconstitutional, it remains the law of the land. President Trump’s signing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) into law last December,…

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EEOC Nominee Withdraws

It may be the headline the business community was hoping for, but it refers to the wrong nominee!  As we advised in last weeks issue, there is a standoff in Congress over three nominees of President Trump to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – one democrat (Chai Feldblum) & two republicans (Daniel Gade and…

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NLRB Lawyer Criticizes Joint Employer Proposal

The public comment period on a proposed new regulation from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) governing joint employer status remains open for another 2 weeks, but the proposal has already received some harsh criticism – from the General Counsel of the agency himself! NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb released his comments just over one…

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Washington State Court Tosses Union Initiative Law

Bear with me on this one . . .  On Christmas Eve, the Appeals Court in the state of Washington invalidated a voter-approved law known as the Hotel Employee Health and Safety Initiative. On its face, Initiative 124 dealt only with hotel employees, however the depth and breadth of its provisions could have stretched far…

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Philadelphia Mayor Signs Fair Workweek

Speaking of an anti-business bent, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney did as expected this week and signed the new Fair Workweek ordinance into law. The law, modeled in many ways after New York City’s predictive scheduling mandate, requires businesses with 250 employees and more than 30 locations worlwide (franchises included) to give at least 10 days’…

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DC Council Blesses LLC Disclosure Law

By a unanimous vote during the week before Christmas, the city council for the District of Columbia has sent an omnibus reform package that contains dictates relating all DC LLCs to Mayor Muriel Bowser for her signature. The measure, technically known as the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018, will…

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Seattle Soda Tax Collections Beat Estimates

As we know, the city of Seattle passed its new 1.75 cents per ounce tax on soda and other sugary drinks in June 2017 and made it effective January 2018. Almost one year since to the day, the city is boasting soda tax receipts of over $16.9 million – almost $2 million in revenue beyond…

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Miscellaneous

Cybersecurity issues and data breaches unfortunately continue to make news across the country with one of the recent examples being Caribou Coffee. It was reported earlier this month that some 265 Caribou Coffee stores suffered a data breach in late November, just a month after Dunkin’ suffered a similar breach in October. A host of…

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Dunkin’ Doings

We were pleased to note that Dunkin’ has joined The Sustainable Coffee Challenge, a collaborative effort among companies, governments, NGOs, research institutions and others dedicated to making the coffee sector fully sustainable. In partnership with the franchisee-owned National DCP, the Dunkin’ supply cooperative, the chain will donate a percentage of sales from every pound of…

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