Deluge of labor board decisions likely as sole Democrat exits (Bloomberg Law)

Reprinted with permission from Bloomberg Law News Dec 11, 2019By Hassan A. Kanu and Robert Iafolla Five-member board’s only Democrat departs Dec. 16 Pro-business decisions expected in coming days The National Labor Relations Board is expected to be quite busy in coming days, as the agency’s sole Democratic member, Lauren McFerran, reaches the end of her term Dec. 16. The board has historically issued a flood of case decisions, both routine and major, in the final days of a member’s term. The practice was adopted in light of the agency’s unique structure—a five-seat, bipartisan panel designed so that one member’s term expires each year. McFerran’s departure will make the NLRB a Republican-only board, because the other Democratic seat has been vacant for a year. The NLRB will stick to past practice this year, and that means the 3-1 Republican majority is likely to release a series of pro-employer case rulings before McFerran departs, according to labor law practitioners and three

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CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING IN JEFFERSON CITY! Don’t trust that everything that is done in Jefferson City will benefit your business. While we have had great success in lowering taxes and improving the business environment in Missouri, much of our work also prevents bad things from happening to businesses like yours. Regardless, you need information so you may be informed. Associated Industries of Missouri is pleased to present our legislative updates in a video format. Rather than conducting conference calls or webinars, we will be recording video and making it available to you frequently so you may watch on your schedule. You may watch on your phone, tablet, or computer. We will also feature interviews with legislators and other key policy makers from time-to-time. But wait…there’s more! You may now register for your area of interest and we will provide an update just on those issues! For example, if you are a human resources professional, you may

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AIM releases legislator vote ratings for 2019 Legislative Session

Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) has released vote ratings showing how legislators voted on important business issues during the 2019 Legislative Session. At Associated Industries of Missouri, we make sure your business’ voice is heard in the Missouri Capitol. We regularly testify on issues that are important to your business and our team of lobbyists helps ensure legislators know where we stand on issues. Part of the political process is holding legislators accountable for the positions they take, either for or against issues that would make Missouri a better place to do business. Equally important is helping to stop the regular assault on employers by trial attorneys and others. Not every vote rating system is the same, so we want to explain how we rated legislators’ votes in the following pages. We assemble the most important issues in each legislative session, assign a value based on the importance of that issue, and a legislator receives points if they voted in

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Feds investigate UAW corruption – former leader resigns union membership

It has been a tough few months for several United Auto Workers union leaders, to say the least. Former UAW President Gary Jones and a top aide have been accused of conspiring to embezzle more than $700,000 in member dues and splitting the money. Also, criminal charges have been filed against Edward “Nick” Robinson of St. Louis, president of a regional UAW community action program council conspiring to embezzle union funds and conspiracy to defraud the federal government. Jones announced last week he would resign his membership in the UAW, having already been removed as the union’s leader. You can read more about both stories in the Detroit News here and here. Associated Industries of Missouri backed a bill that would have allowed union members to decide whether they should support their union with their dues. The “right to work” legislation, after it was passed by the legislature, was referred to voters following a successful signature campaign led by union

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“Missouri Viewpoints” hosts AIM president McCarty to discuss Missouri manufacturing

The Missouri Viewpoints program, hosted by Mike Ferguson and syndicated statewide, recently interviewed Ray McCarty, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) regarding manufacturing. Specifically, McCarty talked about a new initiative led by AIM, Missouri Enterprise, Governor Mike Parson’s administration, university officials and more, to establish a manufacturing policy in Missouri, the “Manufacturing Policy Academy.” Funding for the Manufacturing Policy Academy has been provided by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). The goal: to provide a sustainable manufacturing policy in Missouri. McCarty talked about the effort, along with manufacturing incentives and the importance of manufacturing to Missouri’s economy in this short video (courtesy of Missouri Viewpoints).

Voice of Missouri Business at COST 50th Annual Meeting

Ray McCarty, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Missouri was a panelist at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Council on State Taxation (COST) in Washington, DC, on October 25, 2019. McCarty participated in a panel with tax leaders from other Midwest states, including the Kansas Chamber, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Taxpayers’ Federation of Illinois, Iowa Taxpayers Association, Illinois Chamber of Commerce Tax Institute and Indiana Chamber of Commerce. McCarty discussed the passage of several key tax provisions in the 2019 session, including a provision to prevent a tax increase on some corporations due to a deduction limitation in the federal tax code, a provision that changes the three year statute of limitations for filing a sales/use tax refund to ten years, and the failure of the state to pass legislation addressing internet sales made by companies outside Missouri to Missouri customers in the wake of the Wayfair case. Missouri is one of three states

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Manufacturing policy for Missouri

October 31, 2019 – Missouri is one of a few states chosen for support in developing a state manufacturing policy. A listening session was held at the offices of Associated Industries of Missouri yesterday to discuss the policy and allow manufacturers and manufacturing advocates to offer ideas and suggestions. The move to establish a manufacturing policy in the states originated in and is being driven by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) through the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Missouri Enterprise serves as Missouri’s MEP center. Along with representatives of Governor Mike Parson’s office and key legislators, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri Enterprise, Associated Industries of Missouri, the University of Missouri system, The Missouri Economic Development Council, the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, private manufacturers and many other economic development and manufacturing advocates are leading the effort. Senator Mike Cierpiot, Chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee, was present at the hearing, as well as many manufacturers

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Former Democrat State Representative Michael Colona appointed associate circuit judge

Governor Mike Parson appointed former Democrat state representative Mike Colona to the bench as an associate circuit judge on Friday, October 18. As an attorney, Colona’s application for the post shows he lost 6 of the 10 cases he listed, settled one case and his client accepted a plea deal in another case. In fact, he won only two cases of the 10: an expungement action and a challenge to an administrative SATOP assessment. Colona’s legislative biography reveals he was an active member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA), the association of plaintiff’s attorneys that opposes nearly all business tort reform measures. As a legislator, Colona won the 2012 Champion of Justice Award from MATA, according to his application. Colona’s voting record on tort reform measures shows why he may have received that award. In 2015 and 2016, his final two legislative sessions, Colona voted against legislation Associated Industries of Missouri (AIM) supported that would have: allowed enforcement

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USDOL issues final overtime regulation update

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers newly eligible for overtime pay. As employers, you need to be ready. There are very few exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). If you are an employer that receives $500,000 or more per year, you are probably covered and required to follow the guidelines. The new rule is effective January 1, 2020. Associated Industries of Missouri and our member employers complained about the previous overtime regulation that was enacted during the Obama administration, setting the minimum salary for exempt employees at $47,476 per year. Because that regulation was challenged in court, the USDOL is currently enforcing the previous 2004 threshold of $23,660 per year. The proposed new threshold enacted under the Trump administration will be $35,568; HOWEVER, employers may count certain non-discretionary bonuses and commissions. See the actual rule or the USDOL’s overtime webpage for details. HERE’S MORE FROM

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Special session concludes with passage of motor vehicle trade-in bill

House Bill 1, filed by Rep. Becky Ruth and handled in the Senate by Sen. Wayne Wallingford, was passed by the Missouri Senate today, concluding the business of the General Assembly in the special legislative session called by Governor Mike Parson. Associated Industries of Missouri supported the bill, along with the automobile and marine dealers, recreational vehicle dealers, and the Missouri Department of Revenue. Acting Director of Revenue Ken Zellers testified that the Department appealed the AHC decision that had been issued in favor of the taxpayer because they wanted clarity. He said earlier decisions had left the issue unclear. The Department has a regulation in effect that allows sales tax credit for multiple trade-ins. The trade-in credit is important to companies that have more than one vehicle (fleets, etc.), but also very important to individuals purchasing vehicles and selling their current vehicles. The Administrative Hearing Commission issued a decision in favor of the taxpayer in the case allowing a

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