EAGLE Hasn’t Landed Yet

In last week’s issue, we advised that the Employment Visa bill was being prepared for passage in the US House of Representatives. Well, as they say, a funny thing happened on the way to approval. Actually, it just got bumped out for at least another week by Congress focusing their work on finalizing the Respect…

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Growing the Bureaucracy

As if the federal government bureaucracy weren’t already big enough, now legislation has been filed in Congress creating a new federal agency – the U.S. Food Safety Administration (FSA). Filed jointly by Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), in both branches, the Food Safety Administration…

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House Funding Online Union Elections

If the US House Appropriations Committee gets its way on pending funding legislation, the National Labor Relations Board will be in position to create a system whereby union representation elections would be held electronically. Last week, the Appropriations Committee formally approved FY23 funding legislation that includes funding for virtual elections thereby opening the door further…

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House Bill Would Alter FLSA

House Appropriations Chairwoman and Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro, along with 45 democratic co-sponsors, has again filed the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act of 2022. In general terms, the bill would upset some long-standing legal doctrines surrounding the Labor Management Relations Act, and increase both the risk and severity of FLSA collective actions. In…

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Labor Shortage Bill Filed

Although certainly not a silver bullet, legislation was filed late last month to help franchisees address the current labor shortage. The Essential Worker for Economic Advancement Act (EWEA) was filed by Representative Lloyd Smucker (R-PA-11) on March 28. EWEA would create a three-year H-2C visa program for nonimmigrant service workers who would fill nonagricultural jobs…

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Help Pass the EWEA

The filing of the aforementioned Essential Worker for Economic Advancement Act (EWEA) is another prime example of why you should attend the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) Lobby Day in Washington, DC on June 22, 2022. The CFA Lobby Day gives franchisees across the country a great opportunity to explain to our elected leaders how…

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IRS Reaffirms Penalty Relief

Earlier this week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) acknowledged and reaffirmed that taxpayers in certain situations are entitled to penalty relief when they can show reasonable cause and not willful neglect for the failure to pay. The issue, which largely stemmed from the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) and the ongoing backlog of tax returns,…

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RRF Dropped from Funding Bill

Congress last week gave final passage to a government spending bill that authorized – and funded – the government to keep operating through the end of the current fiscal year on September 30, 2022. In the process however, it seemingly killed any hope of replenishing the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) for the foreseeable future. President…

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Congress Passes Arbitration Ban

Congress has passed legislation invalidating and rendering mandatory arbitration clauses unenforceable in cases relating sexual harassment or sexual assault disputes. With passage, the bill was sent to the White House where President Biden is expected to sign it into law. Once enacted, it will apply to “any dispute or claim that arises or accrues on…

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An Update on the CFA PAC

Last week, we made a pitch here in Small Regular No Sugar! for you to support the great work of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) by making a contribution to the CFA PAC. Unfortunately, we did not link to the correct site for you to complete the CFA PAC Pledge Form, so we’ve fixed…

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