New Year Brings New Forms in Illinois

Along with the New Year, next week will also bring the requirement for posting new forms and employment posters in a host of states around the country.  The state of Illinois is just one state where employers need to switch their employment posters with new mandated by the state’s Department of Labor.  All franchise owners…

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And, Finally . . .

At long last, it appears that the so-called Tax Extender Bill has passed both branches of Congress and is awaiting the President’s approval!  Once the President signs the bill as expected, a host of tax credits will have been reinstated retroactively for 2014 – but believe it or not, they’ll expire again in another 12…

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The Flip Side of the Union Organizing Coin

Notwithstanding efforts by “zealous advocates for social change” and others around the country, we’re encouraged now and then to see public officials advocating a return to a freer economic market that can produce real economic benefits.  In that vein, so-called Right to Work legislation appears to be gaining ground in a couple of different states. …

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New Jersey Advances Mandatory Sick Leave

Assembly bill #2354 has been pending in the New Jersey Assembly since it was first introduced back in February of this year.  Early this week, the Assembly Budget Committee chose to advance the bill on a 6-4 vote with one member not voting and another abstaining.  If passed as currently drafted, A2354 would mandate that workers…

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Another Labor Stamp for NLRB

Last week, we mentioned the old adage that the “wheels of government turn slowly”, but this week, we can see how quickly they can turn in lame duck sessions.  To set the context, remember that the new Senate to be seated in January will be controlled by the GOP; remember also that appointments to many…

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President’s Veto Threat A Death Knell for Tax Extenders

In what surprised many observers, a bipartisan compromise bill to re-authorize a number of business-friendly tax credits that had been allowed to expire last year, was likely killed by the White House when the President threatened to veto the compromise legislation.  Most important to many in the QSR industry, the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of…

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Support Amending H5771 with a Two-year Extension of these Credits

We’re all familiar with the saying that the “wheels of government turn slowly” and as if to underscore the prescience of that old adage, the US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed an extension on as many as 50 tax credits that expired at the end of 2013 – but the extension is only through…

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EPA Delays Redemption Fuel Standard

Unlike the FDA, the  Environmental Protection Agency last week announced its intention to delay any decision on changes to the Redemption Fuel Standard (RFS).   The RFS is an ethanol mandate, passed in 2006, that essentially guaranteed ethanol demand by mandating certain minimums of food-to-fuel.  Specifically, the RFS program requires renewable fuel to be blended into…

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GMO Labeling in Oregon Headed to Recount

Well, now that all the votes have been counted and the results are in, the question of mandating labeling of “genetically modified organisms” (GMOs) is still not finalized in Oregon and will be the subject of an official recount, believed to be scheduled for December 12.  According to results at this point, State Ballot Measure…

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Municipal Mayhem

There was more municipal government action elsewhere on the west coast this week detrimental to small business interests as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously gave its approval to the so-called Retail Workers Bill of Rights, a package of legislation that will dramatically alter retail employee scheduling rules and other facets of the employer-employee…

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