IRS Issues New Guidance on TCJA

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released new regulations governing the applicability of certain provisions contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) signed into law last year. First, for tax years 2018 and 2019, employers may be eligible for a tax credit when they give eligible employees paid family and medical leave. Notice…

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DOL Extends PAID Program

The Department of Labor on Tuesday announced it was extending the Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program (PAID) for an additional six months. PAID is a voluntary compliance initiative that helps workers collect back wages due them in an expedited manner without having to wait for lengthy investigations to conclude or initiate court cases. Through PAID,…

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Welcome to the Hotel California!

Somehow it seems appropriate that rock band The Eagles released that hit song in 1976, early in the first administration of California Governor Jerry Brown (1975 – 1983). Well, it must be déjà vu all over again as the same Governor Brown signed a couple of different bills recently that can significantly impact small businesses…

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Coffee Cancer Case Percolating Again

For the past couple of months, the hope existed that litigation pending in a Los Angeles Superior Court would ultimately be dismissed after the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recommended coffee retailers be exempted from California Proposition 65 requirements to include a cancer warning on coffee. Public comments included an endorsement of…

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Pennsylvania IRRC Concerned over Overtime Threshold

Back in the summer months, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) released proposed revisions to the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act overtime exemptions (currently set at $250 per week or $13,000 per year). The proposal recommended increasing the state overtime exemption threshold in each of the next three years with the first increase in…

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Do As We Say, Not As We Do

Many of the nation’s union leaders are regularly admonishing businessmen and women to be more considerate of and generous to their employees. Regardless of how it may impact the viability of the business, unions argue that employees deserve more pay, more lenient work rules and greater benefits from their employer – that is, unless they…

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Not Quite Lovin’ It

That slogan may now apply to McDonald’s and Jack In The Box franchisees in equal measure. McDonald’s franchise owners, who do not yet enjoy the strength, solidarity and representation of an independent franchisee association, are now taking a much closer look at the wisdom of joining together as one! Franchisees in the system of the…

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CFA Inaugural Legal Symposium

There will be more illustrations of the tremendous benefits of independent franchisee associations in another 2 weeks at the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) inaugural legal symposium on Wednesday, October 24 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. Attendees will hear from top franchisee attorneys Robert Zarco with Zarco, Einhorn, Salkowski & Brito, P.A.; Ron Gardner…

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Starbucks Expands Employee Benefits

Starbucks Corporation has joined the chorus of companies increasing their employee benefits program in some manner or other in the face of a historically tight labor market. The Seattle-based company announced that it is expanding its child care coverage for employees and significantly subsidizing the benefit for its 180,000 employees. Under the new plan, employees…

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New York City Adds Third Gender

This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation into law adding a third gender to birth certificates for individuals born in the Big Apple. The bill, as passed by the City Council last month, allows individuals to change the M or F gender designation on their New York City birth certificate to…

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