Wait Til You See How Expensive It Is When It’s Free!

The state of Georgia not only believes that free has a value, it thinks free should be taxed as well.  Believe it or not, we’re advised by a number of franchise owners in Georgia that the Peach State is demanding tax payments on promotion items even when those items are given away at no charge! …

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Hearings on Single-Payer System

Notwithstanding that this is only the second year where the Obama Care exchanges are open for enrollment and despite the difficulties involved in year one enrollments (above), the New York Assembly will again be considering the adoption of a universal “single-payer” coverage model.   Democrat state Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, representing Manhattan, has filed legislation proposing the…

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Forewarned is Forearmed

We’ve spent a lot of time and space reporting these election results to you this week primarily because they will not be going away.  To the contrary, advocates of of anti-business measures will continue to push them through whatever vehicles may present themselves.  Recall that the minimum wage initiative began with a call by President…

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Obama Care Fines

The Wall Street Journal opined this week on the impact on budgeting for 2015 that potential Obama Care fines are having on businesses.  Direct from the WSJ, “As companies nationwide begin to set up budgets for 2015, one line item seems to be a problem for some companies – fines related to the Affordable Care…

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More Politics On Minimum Wage

You will recall that initiatives to increase the federal minimum wage began when President Obama identified it as a goal of his second term back in 2013.  Although the issue has been a non-starter at the federal level in Congress, Vice President Joe Biden was trying to breathe more life into it at a speech…

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Domestic Violence Reaches Small Business

In the wake of Ray Rice and the infamous elevator video, followed closely by Adrian Peterson using a “switch” on his 4-year old son among other news reports, it is not surprising that domestic violence is getting much attention now.  The Massachusetts legislature, however acted more than a month ago to provide domestic violence victims…

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US Treasury Restricts Tax Inversions

While the Burger King acquisition of Tim Horton’s a few weeks ago caught many unaware, seemingly none more so than the United States Treasury Department.  A few weeks after BK acquired Tim’s and undertook a tax inversion that will save the company significant money in tax liability, the Treasury has promulgated new rules that make…

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House Republicans Seek Overhaul of NLRB

In the wake of a public hearing last week on the issue, Republicans in the US House of Representatives this week filed legislation that seeks to force a redirection of the National Labor Relations Board back to its historical role as an arbiter of labor disputes rather than an advocate of labor expansion.  The proposal…

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Congress Hears Issue of “Joint-Employer”

The US House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee on Tuesday of this week held a public hearing over the issue of the NLRB Office of the General Counsel ruling that defines franchisor’s as “joint-employers” with the individual franchise owners.   Witnesses testifying at the hearing, which can be viewed in its entirety here, included a…

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California Franchise Relations Still Waiting on Governor

California Governor Jerry Brown has not yet taken action on the California Franchise Relations Act (formerly SB 610) which the legislature sent him a few weeks ago.  California law gives the Governor until September 30 to sign or veto the legislation, so there is still time for you to send him a letter encouraging him…

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