Hope on the Horizon?

He’s only in single digits in current polls, but I suspect Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker hit a responsive chord with business interests this week when he advised that “the NLRB is broken beyond repair.”  In releasing “Power to the People – not the Union Bosses – Plan”, Governor Walker who is running for the Republican…

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Obama Mandates Paid Sick Leave

It may be just the first federal volley on the subject, but it follows the same pattern as the minimum wage push did a few years ago.  President Obama, in a Labor Day speech to Boston unions, announced an executive order that will require paid sick leave for employees of any private contractors seeking to…

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NLRB Upholds New Joint Employer Rule

In a much-anticipated decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday declared war on small businesses across the country and on the franchise industry in particular by upholding the new expanded definition of joint-employer.  By a partisan vote of 3-2, the full Board ruled that Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) was a joint employer along with a…

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NLRB Pushes Forward with Joint-Employer

Originally, the notion of recasting the definition of “joint-employer” was floated as an opinion from the office of NLRB General Counsel.  Subsequently, General Counsel Richard Griffin formally charged McDonald’s Corp as a joint-employer in a number of labor disputes stemming from New York.  Last week, the new definition was formally adopted by the five-member National…

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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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NLRB Now Attacks Right-To-Work

Speaking of the excesses of the National Labor Relations Board, the latest target of the federal agency run amok seems to be the 25 states that currently have Right-To-Work laws on their books.  Last week, the NLRB Board formally issued an invitation for briefs asking legal scholars around the country to present on the question…

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Connecticut Advances “Employer Punishment Bill”

The admonition of Benjamin Franklin came to mind as the Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee this week gave initial approval to HB 6791, an act that will require employers with 500 or more employees to pay a fine of $1/hour for each employee that is not paid at least $15/hour.  On a…

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Richmond Meeting

We strongly encourage our members in the mid-Atlantic region to consider attending the DDIFO Member Meeting next Tuesday, April 21 at the Four Point Sheraton Hotel Richmond Airport.  We are thrilled to have Franklin Coley, Campaign Director for the Center for A New Economy and Attorney Douglas Duerr, a partner with the Atlanta-based law firm…

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Maine Governor Pushes Ending Income Tax

Maine Governor Paul LePage last week announced that he will back a petition campaign to eliminate the state income tax entirely.  At a forum in Auburn, LePage blamed the income tax for many of the state’s problems and articulated his plan for a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the state income tax forever.  His current…

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Now NLRB Tackles Independent Contractors

Coming just months after the egregious “joint-employer” ruling by the NLRB General Counsel, the agency has again come down on the side of enhancing labor’s unionizing capabilities at the expense of business.  Our friends in the Hartford office of Murtha Cullina advised us that last week the National Labor Relations Board ruled that FedEx Home…

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