SBA Reviewing Franchise Loan Eligibility

The Small Business Administration, which last year alone guaranteed some $6 Billion in loans to franchisees, is reviewing their current franchise eligibility procedures with an eye on improving the process.  The SBA Loan Guarantee program has been criticized by some members of Congress who do not believe the government should be in the business of…

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DOL Signals Increased Enforcement

US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez testified before Congress a week ago on the DOL budget request and in so doing, gave an impression that there will be increased enforcement by his department on perceived wage and hour violations.  Aside from minimum wage issues, the Obama administration is increasing their focus on overtime pay.  During…

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Family and Medical Leave Proposal Refiled

Federal legislation that would establish a paid family and medical leave program has been refiled in the both branches of Congress by Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) respectively.  Current law provides workers with unpaid job-protected leave for covered serious health issues, but these proposals (H.R.1439 & S.786), would create…

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Congress Kills NLRB “Ambush” Election, But Obama Will Likely Veto

The US House last week voted to approve legislation that kills the NLRB “ambush election rule” that simplifies and expedites unionizing efforts.  The House vote, 232 – 186, essentially fell along party lines and follows a similar party-line vote in the Senate earlier this month.  The bill invokes a rarely used Congressional power to challenge…

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Other Events

We would also remind you to sign up for the 2015 CFA Day Forum at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC on March 24 – 25, 2015.  The 2-day event will feature talks by prominent elected officials, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), as well as Congressman…

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US House Passes Permanent Section 179 Expensing Bill

It was one of the so-called “tax extenders” that have been allowed to expire in each of the past two years, only to be retroactively reinstated.  At long last, the US House has moved the issue forward again and passed legislation that will make the accelerated and bonus depreciation deductions permanent.  The legislation, known as…

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Paid Sick Leave Filed in Congress

It’s been percolating in several state houses and city halls around the country and now, Congress is getting into the Mandatory Sick Leave business.  Last week, sick leave legislation was filed in both the US Senate and the House of Representatives.  Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) filed the so-called Healthy Families Act, which would mandate that…

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“Joint Employer” Subject of Senate Hearing

The US Senate took a major first step into the “joint employer” debate last week when it held a hearing on the NLRB efforts to dramatically expand the longtime definition.  The hearing was held by the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, chaired by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN).  Earlier this year, Senator Alexander, along…

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Coalition Created To Preserve Existing Definition

On the subject of the “joint employer” issue, a host of national business groups have joined forces to create the “Coalition to Save Local Businesses”.  The coalition was announced this week in Washington, DC. and is comprised of  the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Restaurant Association, the National Retail Federation, the Coalition of Franchisee…

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CFA Lobby Day Forum

Don’t forget to register for the CFA Day Forum at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC on March 24 – 25, 2015.  CFA this week confirmed another top speaker for the closing luncheon on Capital Hill.  Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) will join Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) in addressing the franchisees in attendance.  Senator Fischer…

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