Senate Confirms Bedoya to FTC

On Wednesday of this week by a vote of 51-50 with the Vice President breaking the tie, the U.S. Senate formally confirmed Alvaro Bedoya as a member of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Bedoya, who is the Founding Director of Georgetown University’s Center of Privacy and Technology as well as a Visiting Professor at the…

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Senate Kills Weil Nomination

On Wednesday of this week, the Senate effectively ended the nomination of Dr. David Weil for another stretch as the administrator of the US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division. On a procedural motion to advance consideration of the Weil nomination, the Senate voted 53-47 against consideration, with three democrats – Senators Manchin (WV),…

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FTC Nominee Bedoya Advances

On the flip side of the nomination coin, also on Wednesday of this week, Senate Democrats voted 51-50 to advance the nomination of Alvaro Bedoya to serve as a Member of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Bedoya nomination was tied up in a deadlocked (14-14) Senate Commerce Committee and needed to be advanced by…

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CFA Meets with FTC Nominee

Although his nomination is not yet a fait accompli, Federal Trade Commission nominee Alvaro Bedoya is wasting no time getting up to speed on the FTC Franchise Rule and all its implications. Aside from “studying up” on the rule as he described his efforts, he also this week met with the Coalition of Franchisee Associations…

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FTC Nominee Deadlocks Committee

In the highly charged and partisan US Congress, another nominee of President Biden has been deadlocked in committee, necessitating additional votes in the Senate to move the nomination forward. The Founding Director of the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown University School of Law as well as a Visiting Professor there, Alvaro Bedoya was…

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Weil Up Again for Wage & Hour Head

Notwithstanding strenuous opposition as we advised last week from Republican Senators, President Biden forged ahead and resubmitted the name of David Weil in nomination for the post of administrator at the DOL Wage and Hour Division. Weil, who served in the same capacity during the Obama administration, is one of a half-dozen Biden nominees for…

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Senators Urge Weil Withdrawal

A handful of Republican Senators answered our prayers last week in urging the White House to withdraw the nomination of David Weil for the position of Administrator of the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division. A staunch opponent of the franchise business model and all things franchising, Wei, an academician and anti-business author, was…

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The Minimum Wage Impact

It has long been debated what effect mandatory minimum wages have on the labor force at large, the creation of new jobs and the benefits afforded minimum wage employees. Well, the ongoing labor shortage notwithstanding, there were a couple of new reports released recently that shed additional light on those questions. First, the Federal Reserve…

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DOL Officially Rescinds Joint Employer

As we warned just about one month ago, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced last week that it had officially rescinded the Trump administration definition of joint employer. An array of Democrat Attorney Generals had filed a number of lawsuits (some were successful and are on appeal) challenging several provisions of the Trump-era joint…

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Senate Confirms Abruzzo

Last week, the U.S. Senate confirmed attorney Jennifer Abruzzo as the new General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Abruzzo, who was nominated for the post by President Biden back in mid-February, needed Vice President Kamala Harris to break a 50-50 tie along party lines in the Senate. Although she most recently served…

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