NY Wage Board Minimum Opposed

In a likely preview of a potential legal challenge, the Business Council of New York State has released their comments submitted to the New York Department of Labor.   The organization objected to the wage board’s process for a whole litany of reasons including the improper impaneling of the board, the negative impact the recommendations will…

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Urge Congress To Support Franchise Bills

We advised you a couple of weeks ago that Congressman Keith Ericson (D-MN) had filed two bills beneficial to franchise owners in the Fair Franchise Act of 2015 (H.3196) and the Small Business Franchise Loan Transparency Act (H.3195).  Now, it is incumbent upon us all to urge our own representatives in Congress to sign on…

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Federal Franchise Bills Filed

US Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) filed two important bills this week aimed at protecting franchisees.  The Fair Franchise Act of 2015 (H.3196) would prevent misleading or false information in the franchise agreement, prohibit mandatory arbitration provisions and would provide franchisees with the right to discuss their experiences with the franchisor and to join an independent…

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SBA 7(a) Loan Program Reaching Limit

One of the more popular loan programs administered by the US Small Business Administration is rapidly approaching its lending limit and will likely be suspended at the end of the month.  The 7(a) loan program is authorized to loan $18.75 billion this fiscal year, but some $16.6 billion had already been guaranteed by July 11. …

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EEOC Expands Civil Rights Act to Sexual Orientation

The Obama Administration continued tightening the screws on private employer autonomy this week with a ruling by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  By a 3-2 ruling in a case brought by a gay air traffic controller in Miami who alleged he was denied a promotion because of his sexual orientation, the EEOC determined that…

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New York City Styrofoam Ban Takes Effect

When the calendar turned to July this week, it marked the end of polystyrene food containers in New York City, including Dunkin’s iconic foam coffee cups.  Although the ban formally took effect on the first of this month, there is a 6 month grace period for the phasing out of all foam food containers meaning…

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SCOTUS Upholds ACA & IRS Ends Reimbursements

Notwithstanding the big news in today’s papers that the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decided in the King v. Burwell decision to uphold the funding mechanisms for the Affordable Care Act, Internal Revenue Service rules next week officially end the transitional exemption from the excise penalty for a small employer (generally less than 50 employees or…

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Miscellaneous

As one would expect, Americans have the greatest confidence in our military men and women, but small business this year actually came in a (relatively) close second.  Gallup reported earlier this month that some 72% of Americans were confident in the Armed Forces as an institution, while 67% had “a great deal” or “quite a…

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Los Angeles Wage Law Closer To Reality

The Los Angeles City Council gave its final approval this week to an ordinance mandating a $15/hour minimum wage by 2020, but held back on some of the more controversial provisions they had been considering.  Unbelievably, the Council is still deliberating whether to adopt an amendment exempting certain unions that may have negotiated lower pay…

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Perez Wants Minimum Wage Hike And Then Some

Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez made headlines over the past week on two different occasions and with two different issues.  First, he joined activists, elected officials and others to endorse legislation that was newly introduced by Washington Senator Patty Murray and Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott.  The so-called “Raise the Wage Act” would increase the…

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