US House Tees Up Tax Law Fixes

There’s still a ways to go, but the US House is moving in the right direction this week with the House Committee on Rules voting to send a year-end tax bill to the floor for a vote. The House Ways & Means Committee released its TCJA fix package this past Monday and it may be…

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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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Sexual Harassment Training Mandates

The state of Delaware joined New York, California, Maine and Connecticut in mandating sexual harassment training for private employers when Governor John Carney signed HB 360 into law just over one week ago. The new law, which effective on January 1, 2019 broadens the categories of workers covered by the state Discrimination in Employment Act,…

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California Outlaws NDAs

California, which as mentioned above, already requires sexual harassment training for private employees, has also acted on a host of issues which will ultimately have an impact on small businesses throughout the Golden State. AB 3080, which was presented to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature on August 27, makes it illegal for employers to…

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Massachusetts Restricts Non-compete Clauses

At the close of the legislative session, Massachusetts lawmakers passed a law prohibiting the use of non-compete agreements for certain employees and dramatically restricted their use for others. The Massachusetts Non-competition Agreement Act – Section 21 of the Economic Stimulus bill was signed into law last week by Governor Charlie Baker and, effective October 1,…

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NLRB Judge Rejects McDonald’s Joint Employer Deal

As we’ve reported over the past few weeks, the question of Administrative Law Judges and their decisions came to the forefront this week when National Labor Relations Board ALJ Lauren Esposito rejected a proposed settlement on the joint employer issue. The case stems from Obama-era NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin issuing a 2014 directive expanding…

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How Do You Define Distracted?

Under the provisions of AB 1908 in New Jersey, it’s anything that’s not related to operating a motor vehicle – potentially, coffee included!  Yes, Hudson Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti along with Middlesex Assemblyman John Wisniewski have filed legislation that would potentially make a driver having a cup of coffee while operating a motor vehicle illegal.  The…

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Minneapolis OKs Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Although neither side of the paid sick leave v. state pre-emption of local laws debate won the day in the Minnesota legislature, sick leave advocates scored a victory last Friday when Minneapolis adopted the Sick and Safe Time Ordinance.  With a threshold of 6 or more workers, the ordinance mandates that employees accumulate one hour…

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Drive-by Lawsuit Hearing

It may be a while before we see real reform on one of the Coalition of Franchisee Association’s (CFA) top priorities, but at least we’ve begun the process.  The House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice last week held a public hearing on the Americans with Disabilities Education and Reform Act (HR. 3765). …

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Sugary Drink Tax Goes Across the Pond

In case you were thinking government overreach was limited to the US, rest assured that is not the case.  To the contrary, within the past month, both the United Kingdom and Canada have announced plans to apply an additional tax on sugary drinks.  In England, the U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne introduced a…

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