Chicagoans Split On Obama Library

Speaking above of Chicago and President Obama, the Chicago Tribune released a poll this week showing voters are evenly split on their tax dollars being used to help finance an Obama Presidential Library and Museum after his presidency concludes in January 2017.  The poll shows that 47 percent were in favor of using tax dollars…

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Another Executive Order from Obama

Hot on the heels of the ruling by the NLRB General Counsel that McDonald’s is a “joint-employer” with its franchisees for purposes of employment law compliance, President Obama seemed to open up another front against businesses when he signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order this week.  Ostensibly, the Executive Order seeks to ensure that companies contracting…

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Obama Claims $19,000+ Tax Refund

Not particularly germane to anything, the 2013 joint tax return of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama has been released and made public by the White House.  We hear the President anxiously checks the mail each day for his $19,108 refund.  The Business Journal reports on 7 “fun facts” from the return.

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Overtime Pay Threshold Could Reach $52,000

According to human resource and employee relations firms, the President’s Executive Order signed last week could increase the overtime threshold to as much as $52,000 per year – meaning that anyone not guaranteed that much in their salary would be entitled to overtime pay.  In one of its client alerts, HR Consultant Sesco Management, advised…

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Overtime Pay Next On President’s Priority Listing

Russia may have invaded Crimea, Syria may still be in chaos as their civil war rages on, his Affordable Care Act may be devastating the health insurance of millions of Americans, and millions more may have given up looking for work in the current economic environment, but President Obama whistles past the graveyard and continues…

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Connecticut In The Minimum Wage Forefront

As we reported last week, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy is pushing S.32, a proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.  As a result, and not one to let world crises get in the way of a good political opportunity, President Obama visited Connecticut this week to push for an…

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President Supporting Minimum Wage Of $10+

Members will recall some months ago when President Obama announced his support for increasing the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25/hour to $9.00.  Well, last week it appeared that administration officials and their allies were signaling that Obama would be supportive of bumping the federal minimum up to “at least” $10.10!  In a New…

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Obama Care Update: More Problems – And an Apology

As the implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues, it appears to be encountering still more problems with its web page and acceptability with the American public – so much so that the administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Kathleen Tavenner, felt compelled to apologize to Congress for the seemingly endless problems…

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National Labor Relations Board At Full Complement

After numerous lawsuits about his “recess appointments,” President Obama struck a deal with Congress that allowed him to fill the vacant positions on the National Labor Relations Board.  Those appointments have now all been made and the board is at a full complement of members.  The question remains as to whether they will reaffirm a…

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Dunkin Franchisees Help Pass Mass. Health Cost Reform

Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick on Monday, August 6, signed a health care cost amendment into law that the Dunkin’ Donuts Independent Franchisee Association pushed for, along with the National Federation of Independent Business, the New England Convenience Store Association and the Restaurant and Business Alliance

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