NLRB Moves to Fix Joint Employer

It may have been a long time coming, but the National Labor Relations Board is again moving to correct the egregious 2015 ruling on the joint employer definition. Yesterday, the NLRB released a draft rule that rolls back the new definition of joint employer the agency created in its Browning Ferris decision back in 2015.…

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Business Still Targets Gaston Pearce

And the third leg of this week’s NLRB stool shows the business community continuing its strong opposition to the re-nomination of democrat and former Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce to another five year term on the National Labor Relations Board. Business groups are lobbying Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) hard in opposition to Pearce with…

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Profit Must Be a Dirty Word

At least it seems to be in Portland Oregon! The city is set to advance an initiative to the November ballot that would impose a one percent gross receipts surcharge on businesses with more than $1 billion in national revenue and over $500,000 revenue within the city. The city council is currently debating whether to…

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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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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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The Proliferation of Progressive Politics

It was a major upset and a total shock to the political establishment when back in June, New York bartender Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez handily beat 20-year Congressional incumbent Joseph Crowley for the democratic nomination for New York’s 14th Congressional District. Crowley was Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, essentially the 3rd most powerful democrat in the US…

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