Year-End Tax Bill Being Done, Without QIP Fix

While passing the $1.4 trillion spending package this week to keep the government funded and avoid a federal shutdown, Congress also corrected some provisions and oversights from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Unfortunately however, the fix for the Qualified Improvement Property (QIP) depreciation schedule was not included, nor were most other tax extenders…

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Much Year-End Action at NLRB

Despite approval of 2 articles of impeachment against the President this week in the US House, the more impactful news these weeks may be coming out of the National Labor Relations Board. Nothing will change when the impeachment articles are rejected by the Senate, but the NLRB has made some big changes that will reverberate…

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IRS Overhauls W-4 For 2020 Withholding

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the final version of the new 2020 Form W-4, retitled Employee’s Withholding Certificate, with major revisions designed to make accurate income-tax withholding easier for employees starting next calendar year. In addition, the agency has also launched a new online spreadsheet tool (the Income Tax Withholding Assistant for Employers)…

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Paid Leave Mandate Only a Matter of Time

Earlier this week, Congress passed a defense policy bill that also included a mandate for paid family medical leave. Although currently, this particular mandate only applies to the federal workforce, we can fully expect it to be expanded to cover all workers – in both the public and private sectors – in relatively short order.…

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Birmingham Wage Suit Dismissal Upheld

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the decision of the lower court dismissing a lawsuit challenging an Alabama law banning local minimum wages. The Birmingham City Council approved a local minimum wage ordinance back in 2016 setting the minimum wage in the city at $10.10 per hour. In response, the state legislature passed…

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Washington Adopts $83,000+ Overtime Threshold

Taking the minimum wage for overtime exemption to a completely new level, the state of Washington adopted an overtime exemption threshold of over $83,000. With the endorsement of Governor Jay Inslee, the state Department of Labor and Industries finalized rules phasing in the new threshold by 2028. Washington State is one of a handful of…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Many franchisees were pleased to read the announcement out of Canton last week that Dunkin’ Brands Chief Operating Officer Scott Murphy had been promoted to the position of President, Dunkin’ Americas. Murphy, who has been with Dunkin’ Brands for the past 15 years, assumed the position of COO last year and in his new capacity,…

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Miscellaneous

It was announced this week that JAB Holdings, the owner of a number of QSR brands and coffee brands in particular, will be combining some of those coffee brands and taking them public. Specifically, it was reported earlier this week that JAB will merge Peets Coffee with Jacobs Douwe Egberts and issue an IPO for…

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Merry Christmas!

At this time of year, we rightly look at how blessed we are and enjoy loving family, good friends, successful businesses and many other comforts. In celebration of the Christmas holiday, we will not publish Small Regular No Sugar! next week. Our next issue will publish on Friday, January 3, 2020. May you all enjoy…

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Federal Comment Periods Extended Again

Two federal agencies this week again extended the public comment period on pending regulations. The comment period on the proposed DOL amended tip-pooling rule, which was scheduled to end this past Monday was extended by the Wage and Hour Division due to an outage on the federal website, www.Regulations.gov. After the outage was resolved, the…

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