DOL Rolling Back on Joint Employer

It’s no surprise, but becoming more apparent with each day that the positions taken by the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board under President Biden will be more closely aligned with the anti-business posture adopted under the Obama administration than the free-market positions espoused under President Trump. As a glaring case in…

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Other State COVID-Restrictions Loosen

The steady march of states loosening some of their COVID-related restrictions continued with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signing an order to ease restriction on businesses and gatherings. Now, restaurants and bars there can offer indoor dining at 75 percent of capacity with parties limited to six people and on-site dining required to close at 11…

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New York Mandates Paid Vaccine Leave

Notwithstanding the struggles that many, if not most, small businesses have undergone during the coronavirus pandemic, New York is piling on with its latest mandate – the third paid leave mandate in a year – this time, paid vaccination leave for their employees. The embattled New York governor, accused of sexual harassment by seven women…

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Forewarned is Forearmed

It will not be a surprise when the issue of raising the federal minimum wage again surfaces in Congress. A proposal by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to raise the current federal wage of $7.25 an hour to $15 per hour may have been stricken from the COVID stimulus bill by the Senate Parliamentarian, but the…

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Upcoming Events

There are a number of webinars upcoming over the next two weeks that we want you to be aware of – and that you’ll want to register for. The first will be held on Tuesday and it is a timely Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) webinar detailing the provisions of the $1.9 trillion COVID stimulus…

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Miscellaneous

Starbucks Shareholders yesterday rejected an eye-popping executive compensation proposal for the C-Suite that included a $1.86 million payout for CEO Kevin Johnson as a performance bonus for fiscal year 2020 along with $50M in “retention pay” if the CEO were to stick around with the company through fiscal year 2022! Although the rejected resolution was…

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Biden Signs COVID Bill into Law

  Earlier this week, the House of Representatives approved the Senate changes to the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill and President Biden without any delays at all, signed it into law yesterday. Aside from the direct stimulus payments of $1400 to most Americans under certain income levels, the bill includes an additional $7.25 billion going…

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COBRA Rules Changed

Some of the provisions in the COVID Relief bill make significant short-term changes to the rules governing the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA). Specifically, the legislation, which President Biden will sign into law today, allows individuals eligible for coverage under COBRA to maintain their employer-sponsored coverage after a layoff, furlough or reduction…

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House Passes PRO Act

Wasting no time in the wake of passing the $1.9 trillion Covid Relief legislation, the U.S. House also this week passed the latest iteration of the Protecting Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) and sent it to the Senate. The legislation, which has passed the House in prior sessions only to die in the then-republican…

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Biden Fires EEOC General Counsel

Just weeks after he fired NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb, whose appointment didn’t expire until November 2021, and subsequently the agency’s acting General Counsel Alice Stock, President Biden last week also fired Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) General Counsel Sharon Fast Gustafson, whose appointment to the post was valid until 2023! Both individuals, each of…

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