PRO Act Elevated as Workers Reject Union

Tempering some of the pleasure of Amazon workers at a plant in Alabama overwhelmingly rejecting unionizing is the ongoing effort to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (the PRO Act as it is known).  With workers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer voting over the course of the seven-week representation election against…

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DC Presence Critical

Reading our comments regularly in Small Regular No Sugar! explaining issues at play in Washington DC and the tremendous impact they can have on small business owners across our country, underscores the need for franchisees and other small business owners to be active in the Nation’s Capital. Since we can’t always get to DC ourselves…

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House Votes to Extend PPP

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted, by an overwhelming margin of 415 – 3, to approve a two-month extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  The PPP is currently set to expire on March 31 but under the House-passed measure, the SBA would continue to accept and approve applications from businesses for the…

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Federal Minimum Wage Hike Out, For Now

It would appear that a more than doubling of the existing federal minimum wage from the current $7.25/hour to $15/hour is out of the pending $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill pending in Congress, at least for the time being. In the initial deliberations on the budget resolution (the vehicle by which the Senate will approve…

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Down to The Wire

Congressional leaders indicated that a COVID-19 relief package was “close, but not yet final” yesterday as they worked on reaching compromise language on a few outstanding issues. The situation however is very fluid with a host of issues potentially addressed – or created – by the legislation. That said, there is no actual legislative language…

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Tax Writers Try for Extenders in COVID or Funding Bill

Although it may have seemed to be the ultimate longshot at times, Senate Finance Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) is hopeful of adding expiring tax breaks (aka tax extenders) to the omnibus appropriations bill and COVID-19 relief package coming together this week. Senator Grassley said the must-pass nature of COVID relief in particular increases the likelihood…

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COVID Relief Talks Back in Play

As we move closer to the transition – Congressional as well as Presidential – in Washington DC, long-stalled negotiations on a new COVID-19 stimulus package gained new life. Democratic leaders quickly seemed to rally being $908 billion bipartisan proposal with an eye on winning sufficient support in the republican-led Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)…

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Keep CFA Political Action Committee Strong

DDIFO members have seen first-hand this year the great work that the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) does on behalf of member franchisees across the country. With timely webinars, the virtual Congressional Town Hall meetings they began a few months ago and specific representation on issues of import to franchisees, CFA has proven its value…

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Business Liability Shields

As we trudge along to a presidential winner, the question of business COVID-19 liability shields for businesses continues to generate discussion. Yesterday in DC, the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development & Insurance held a virtual public hearing on H.R. 7011, The Pandemic Risk Reinsurance Act (PRIA). This legislation, filed by Congresswoman…

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Senate Democrats Block “Skinny” Relief Bill Again

The United States Senate again failed to muster enough votes to bring a COVID relief bill worth about $500 billion to the Senate floor for consideration. By a party line vote of 51-44, the “skinny” measure for the second time in five weeks, failed to get the 60 votes required to move it forward for…

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