Senate Committee Hears from FTC Commissioners

The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing this week specifically on the Federal Trade Commission, the federal agency charged with oversight of franchising across the country. The panel of witnesses at the August 5 hearing included all five of the FTC Commissioners, including Commissioner Rohit Chopra, who specifically highlighted some…

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States Also Pursuing Liability Shields

One of the more popular topics on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s agenda seems to be legislating protection for businesses as they re-open in an effort to get the economy back on track. The Senate Leader has stated specifically that the next coronavirus relief legislation that will be sent to the President must include Business…

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Dueling Senate Objections Block Additional PPP Funds

Democrats and Republicans in the US Senate each blocked proposals from “across the aisle” yesterday in the latest political standoff in DC. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to pass legislation to add an additional $250 Billion to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on top of the original $349 Billion appropriated for the program approved…

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Senate OKs “CARES” Act, House Votes Today

The US Senate yesterday finally passed the $2 trillion “Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act) by a rare bipartisan and unanimous vote, but the unprecedented stimulus bill faces some challenges in the US House. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi originally had hoped to pass the legislation by unanimous consent (avoiding recalling the House…

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Senators Target NLRB Enforcement Power

Apparently the different visions of enforcement priorities within the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under the Trump versus Obama administration have prompted a number of US Senators to look to strip the agency of all enforcement powers. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and a host of other conservative republican Senators have refiled legislation seeking to transfer…

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Senate Hears Need for Franchising Transparency

The U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Policy, chaired by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, held a public hearing this week on the matter: “Economic Mobility: Is the American Dream in Crisis?” One of the five individuals invited to testify was Subway franchisee and former Coalition of Franchisee Associations Chairman Keith Miller.…

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The Mid-Term Elections

Much is being said about the importance of the midterm elections and many of us may wonder what exactly is the big issue? Why are the 2018 Midterm elections sooooo important. The answer is essentially who holds to keys to the US government for the next two years. As to Supreme Court Issues, the President…

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US Chamber Pushes Joint Employer Bill

Whether by regulation or by passage of the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441), business interests across the country are pushing hard to resolve joint employer once and for all. This week the US Chamber launched an aggressive advertising campaign targeting Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly, a “blue-dog” democrat who has yet to sign on to…

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Senate Advances Tax Reform

Following the lead of their counterparts in the House of Representatives (but going with their own version of what the House passed), the US Senate advanced its own Tax Reform bill out of the Senate Finance Committee on a party line vote a couple of weeks ago. And this week, cleared the first procedural step…

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Tax Reform Tops the List

As we’re all no doubt aware, the tax reform debate is THE top issue being discussed currently in the Nation’s Capital. Yesterday, the US House advanced its tax reform legislation and sent it to the US Senate by a vote of 227 – 205. The bill as approved by the House represents a tax cut…

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