Senate Eyes September for Tax Extenders Fix

Senate Finance Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) this week released reports from 3 of 6 task forces established to review and advise on the tax extenders issue. Grassley and ranking minority member Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) are hoping for solutions on which of the tax breaks should be consolidated, made permanent or rejected. It is expected…

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Cortez Masto Files SBA Franchise Loan Transparency Bill

The ranking minority member on the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) filed legislation last week to protect entrepreneurs who are considering purchasing a franchise.  The SBA Franchise Loan Transparency Act of 2019 (SB 2383) would require that before a lender could make a government-backed loan to a franchise, the franchisee…

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House Planning July Vote on $15 Minimum

By the end of next week, the US House will likely be recessing for the July 4th holiday and when it reconvenes thereafter, House democratic leaders anticipate bringing the “Raise The Wage Act” up for a formal floor vote. The legislation, filed by Education & Labor Committee Chairman Representative Scott (D-VA), would raise the current…

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House Ways & Means Marks Up Tax Extenders Package

The House Ways and Means Committee yesterday marked up a tax extenders package to resolve some of the tax relief programs that expired over the past year or two. At this point however, it does not appear that the democratic proposal addresses accelerated depreciation on new equipment, but it does address other tax incentives that…

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Tax Extenders Bill Circulating

House Democrats have reportedly come up with a draft tax extenders package that would roll back the 2017 tax law estate tax parameters and expand both the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. The draft tracks with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal’s (D-MA) stated preference to…

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US Senate Forms Federal Family Leave Group

The issue itself has been kicking around for a couple of years now, but the US Senate Finance Committee this week advanced the priority of the issue with the appointment of a bi-partisan work group to study federal family leave. Senator Maggie Hassan, a democrat from New Hampshire will co-chair the federal family leave work…

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Paycheck Fairness Committee Vote Coming Next Week

The US House Rules Committee announced last week that it was scheduling a committee meeting for amendments and discussion of HR 7, the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act, on March 25. The legislation, as currently drafted, would require employers across the country to demonstrate that any and all pay disparity between a man and a woman…

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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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Two Prong Push for Joint Employer Fix

Congress is pushing for a final resolution to the joint employer issue on both the regulatory and legislative fronts. First off this week, both Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and his House counterpart, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Chairman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) sent letters asking all House and Senate members to…

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Omnibus Bill Muddies Tip Pools; Hikes DOL, NLRB Budgets

The Omnibus spending bill, unveiled by Congressional negotiators Wednesday and passed by the House yesterday, includes a number of provisions relevant to pending labor issues. Of primary concern is a so-called compromise provision on the tip pooling issue that in actuality is potentially devastating to small businesses. The compromise, which was authored by Senator Patty…

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