Maryland Entertaining Combined Reporting

To the dismay of a number of retail and restaurant groups within Maryland, state senator Ron Young is now pushing legislation in Annapolis that would mandate combined reporting for state income purposes and potentially generate an additional $50 million in revenue for the Terrapin State. Combined reporting, which is currently the law in 27 states…

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Portland & Augusta Both Looking At Paid Leave

One question might be where will it be enacted first, as the Portland City Council and the Maine state legislature are both considering adoption of paid sick leave mandates for private businesses.  The statewide legislation, LD369 filed by Senator Rebecca Millett, is similar to legislation she has filed in the past. It would apply to…

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Shunning Single Use

As we all know, many states and locales focused legislative efforts on banning plastic bags, straws and single-use bags in 2018. In that vein, we found an interesting article earlier this week on QSRWeb entitled ‘Single-use’ – QSRs ‘dirty word’ for 2019 and it may be more prescient than originally thought, speaking to an environmental…

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Competitor News

Earlier this week, McDonald’s officially launched its new McCafé Donut Sticks nationwide after an extensive limited test in select markets since last July. The new LTO retails under $2 for a half dozen and at a national average of $3.29 per dozen. Perhaps of greater import to the Golden Arches however should be a January…

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Miscellaneous

Just about one month ago, the 2018 Restaurant Industry Snapshot was released showing that restaurant sales were very strong throughout all of 2018. Same store sales grew by a full 2 percent in December, marking it the strongest monthly performance by the index in over three years. On an annual basis, 2018 same store sales…

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Senate Standoff Continues as Gaston Pearce Withdraws

The ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pension Committee, democratic Senator Patty Murray reaffirmed this week that she will continue to block Republican labor nominees unless/until the Republican majority approves democrat nominees. In light of the ongoing standoff, which has blocked hundreds of federal appointments over the past few years, former NLRB…

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EEO-1 Filing Deadline Extended

As expected, the deadline for employers to file the EEO-1 form with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was extended until May 31, 2019. The Employer Information Report EEO-1 form, the filing of which is annually set for March 31, was caught up in the 35-day government shutdown due to EEOC lapsed appropriations. Consequently, the…

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E-Verify Is Back in Business

Similarly, another casualty of the government shutdown has reopened and fully resumed operations. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has provided important guidance on the resumption of the E-Verify system. Please be advised that for each new employee hired while the system was down during the shutdown, employers MUST create an E-Verify case by Monday,…

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Minimum Wage Heard On Capitol Hill

The Raise The Wage Act, federal legislation filed by US House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), was the subject of the Committee’s first major public hearing of the year yesterday. The legislation (H.R. 582) filed earlier this year with much fanfare and 181 House cosponsors, would more than double the current…

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Mixed Bag on State Minimum Wages

The Florida Supreme Court rejected local minimum wages this week when it dismissed an appeal brought by the city of Miami Beach. Recall that Miami Beach passed its own minimum wage in excess of the state minimum (currently $8.46 per hour as of 1/1/19) back in 2016, setting a local minimum wage that would gradually…

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