Democrats Protesting NLRB Rulings

Speaking of the NLRB and the recent rulings by which the (then 5-member) Board officially overturned a number of egregious Obama-era decisions (joint employer, employment manuals, and others), ranking democrat members of the Senate and House Workforce Committees are alleging one member was “compromised”. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) sent a…

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Sexual Harassment Torrent Continues

The tsunami of allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior continued this week with its tentacles again reaching into political and journalistic environs with abandon. Garnering the bulk of the coverage are allegations against Alabama republican Senate nominee Judge Roy Moore. The chief beneficiary of the Judge’s troubles is democratic candidate Doug Jones, a former…

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National Paid Leave Filed

Although the creation of a national paid sick leave policy has in some ways been spearheaded by the President’s daughter Ivanka, it was three republican members of Congress who got the ball rolling this week with the official filing of the Workflex in the 21st Century Act.  Officially filed by California republican Congresswomen Mimi Walters,…

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Across the Aisle, Wage Is Focus

The Republicans (with some Democrats joining) may be focused on issues important to business growth, but the democratic minority in Congress is still intent on increasing the federal minimum wage mandate. Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate this week held a press conference announcing a new marketing campaign plan they have named “A…

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House Hearing Targets NLRB Rules

The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions subcommittee of the House Education and Workforce Committee held a hearing Wednesday on three specific bills that target Obama-era guidelines promulgated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Ostensibly, the legislation seeks to rescind the ambush election rules along with others that unfairly improve the chances for labor unions…

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Action Needed to Preserve Swipe Fee Cap

With Congress in an “undo Obama policy” mode, timing is perfect for business owners (franchised or not) to contact Representatives in Congress and urge them to support the Financial Choice Act of 2017 – but ONLY if the Durbin Amendment is left intact. This issue involves the debit swipe fee reform that was secured back…

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DC Circuit Overturns NLRB

Speaking of labor and labor-centric issues, last week the DC Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an NLRB decision where the agency had ruled that workers could not revoke “dues checkoff” authorizations (which allows an employer to deduct union dues directly from the paychecks of union members) between the expiration of a union contract and the…

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Congress Releases ACA Replacement Parameters

They’re not yet ready to completely dismantle Obama Care, but Congress is steadily moving the ball in that direction. Last week, Congressional republicans unveiled a 19-page Policy Brief and Resources Report that establishes the parameters they will use in repealing and replacing the signature accomplishment of the Obama administration. The document, formally released to the…

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CFA Day Forum Right Around the Corner

The 2017 CFA Day Forum is rapidly approaching and franchisees should be anxious to attend the event on March 15 as Chairwoman Virginia Foxx of North Carolina will be one of the featured speakers!  A great friend of small business, Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th congressional district and is the new chair of the House…

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To the Woodshed

Notwithstanding a possible delay in repeals of the Obama-era regulations, some in Congress are determined to call the “powers that be” to task and make their position known on some of the more egregious NLRB decisions and regulations. House Education and Workforce Chairwoman Virginia is apparently just one such individual.  She admonished NLRB General Counsel…

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