Back To the Future: ERA Version

Many of our readers likely are young enough to have only heard of the most recent effort to amend the US Constitution with adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment in history classes, but believe it or not, ERA is back in the news. To refresh your memory, amendments to the Constitution require a two-thirds majority…

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Rep Crenshaw Headlines CFA Lobby Day

Freshman US Representative Dan Crenshaw has agreed to headline the 2019 CFA Day Forum in Washington DC on May 22. A former U.S. Navy SEAL, Congressman Crenshaw represents Texas’ 2nd District and serves on the House Committee on the Budget as well as the Committee on Homeland Security. He will serve as the keynote speaker…

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NLRB Moving Forward on Joint Employer

Despite calls for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to slow its engines on rolling back the definition of joint employer, the agency appears steadfast in its determination to undo the Obama-era expansion of joint employer applicability. NLRB Chairman John Ring rejected a formal request he received from two democratic members of Congress to rescind…

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Congress Asks NLRB To Scrap Joint Employer

Speaking of the NLRB, a bipartisan group of 83 US House members have sent a letter to the National Labor Relations Board asking the agency to roll back the Obama-era expansion of the joint employer definition. The joint employer issue has its own lengthy (and growing) history relating decisions, recusals and reversals by the National…

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US House Preps Minimum Wage Hike

When Nancy Pelosi assumes the speakership again in a couple of weeks and the democrat majority takes over control of the US House of Representatives, one of their top priorities will be pushing to increase the federal minimum wage. Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), the ranking member on the House Education and the Workforce Committee (who…

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Blue Wave Is Actually a Large Ripple

So the midterm elections are over and we now know that at least for the next two years, the democrats will control the US House of Representatives and the republicans will maintain control of the US Senate. Overall, democratic candidates for Congress flipped 27 seats, when they only needed 23 to wrest control from the…

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The US House Flips

Aside from the obvious impact of control of the US House going from the republicans to democrats relative to President Trump (House initiated investigations, possible impeachment articles, etc.), what might be some of the more impactful changes to the franchise industry as a result? First and foremost, we look at the potential new leadership of…

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Firsts Aplenty in 2018 Midterms

If nothing else, the 2018 midterm elections certainly left their mark by leaving a significant number of firsts in its wake, especially for those who like to check boxes or otherwise focus on identity politics! In Michigan, Democrat Rashida Tlaib became the first Muslim woman ever elected to Congress; At age 29, Democrat Socialist Alexandria…

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DC Council, Congress Look to Stop Initiative 77

Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows, and the effort to undo the voters’ approval of Initiative 77 in the Nation’s Capital is a prime example. Recall that just three weeks ago by a 56-44% margin, District of Columbia voters approved a ballot question that would eliminate the tip credit by which restaurants pay tipped workers…

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Menu Labeling Effective Monday

It may have actually become law back in 2010 with the passage of Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act), but was never legally enforced – until now. Menu labeling enforcement becomes effective on Monday, May 7. The enforcement trigger was set to be effective one year ago, when the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) delayed it…

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