On February 7 and February 14, 2013, the “New Jobs for New Jersey Act” passed in the Senate (S2211) and the Assembly (A3312), respectively. As noted in the October 2012 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority, this bill seeks to make employers with 100 or fewer full-time employees eligible for a tax credit (against the corporation business tax or the gross income tax, whichever applies), for each employee hired into a full-time position, so long as the employee was previously unemployed for more than 30 days.
White House Announces Release of Final Contractor Blacklisting Rules: Phased Implementation for Prime Contractors and Subcontractors
The long wait for the so-called “contractor blacklisting” rules is over. According to a fact sheet released by the White House, final regulations and guidance will be released on August 24, 2016 and published in the Federal Register on the following day. The final regulations and guidance (the final rules) are being issued by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to implement Executive Order No. 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces (EO 13673), which President Obama signed in July 2014. In addition, the president also amended EO 13673, just before the White House’s blacklisting announcement, to add language that seems intended to better insulate the final rules against litigation challenging their constitutionality and their conflict with other federal statutes.
In a big win for Starbucks and all other restauranteurs, retailers, and places of public accommodation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held in three related cases (Johnson v. Starbuck Corp., Lindsay v. Starbucks Corp., and Kong v. Starbucks Corp.) that accessible sales and service counters are not required to provide a minimum of 36 inches of usable counter space for disabled patrons, provided that the counter is no more than 36 inches high.
On August 2, 2017, the Senate confirmed Marvin Kaplan as a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).