Keeping an Eye on Joint Employer

Many are keeping a lookout for any movement on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) change to the joint-employer standard with several prepared to do battle over the proposal. In fact, during the recent “public comment period”, almost 13,000 comments were received by the December 7 submission deadline, a good many of which took aim…

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More NLRB Changes

The changes just keep coming at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and not in a good way for many employers. By a 3-2 vote on Tuesday of this week, the Board broadened its make-whole remedy for unfair labor practices by including a requirement that employers must compensate victimized workers for “all direct or foreseeable…

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Minimum Wages Rising with New Year

With the turn of the calendar in another two weeks, many employers across the country will see their minimum wage obligations rise. In fact, no fewer than 29 individual states will be raising their mandated minimums come January 1, 2023 along with another 59 local jurisdictions. Effective New Year’s day, the state of Washington will…

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Michigan Minimum at Appeals Court

Earlier this week, the Michigan Court of Appeals heard oral arguments over a Court of Claims decision rendered earlier this year that voided a legislative amendment to a 2018 ballot measure and reinstated the ballot measure. The ballot question mandated a $12 per hour minimum wage and phases out the current tip credit, so the…

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Bereavement Leave Mandated

Back in early September, when California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1949 into law, the state of California became the third state to mandate bereavement leave for workers. The provisions of AB 1949, effective on January 1, 2023 and applicable when a business employs 5 or more workers, were adopted as an amendment to the…

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EAGLE Hasn’t Landed Yet

In last week’s issue, we advised that the Employment Visa bill was being prepared for passage in the US House of Representatives. Well, as they say, a funny thing happened on the way to approval. Actually, it just got bumped out for at least another week by Congress focusing their work on finalizing the Respect…

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Economic Trends

Inflation slowed more sharply than expected in November in an encouraging sign, but the Federal Reserve plowed ahead yesterday with another half-point increase in interest rates, bringing them to their highest point since the 2008 recession. Inflation eased somewhat through the month of November with annualized prices increasing 7.1 percent, down from 7.7 percent last…

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Success on FAST Act Repeal Petition

Opponents of the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act, known as the FAST Act, succeeded in their effort to put the question of repealing the FAST Act on the 2024 California ballot. The Save Local Restaurants coalition, consisting of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) along with the US Chamber of Commerce and the International Franchise…

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SBA Releases $83 Million in RRF Funds

Just before Thanksgiving, the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it was releasing an additional $83 million in unused Restaurant Revitalization funds, some 18 months after the program officially closed. The monies have been earmarked for 169 restaurant operators in the order that their applications were received back when the program was operable. The US…

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NLRB Losing Republican Member

Although democrat appointees have been in the majority on the National Labor relations Board (NLRB) for the past 14+ months, their hold on the regulatory agency will tighten in two weeks when the term of republican-appointed member John Ring expires. The expiration of his term will leave Board member Marvin Kaplan, whose term runs through…

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