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Small Businesses Alarmed by Bombshell NLRB Decision threatening Subcontractors, Franchisees

Small Businesses Alarmed by Bombshell NLRB Decision threatening Subcontractors, Franchisees

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A decision this afternoon by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) could wipe out thousands of subcontractors and franchise businesses by treating their employees as direct employees, said the country’s leading small business advocate today. “If this decision stands the economic rationale for hiring a subcontractor vanishes,” said Beth Milito, Sr. Legal Counsel for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).  “It will make it much harder for self-employed subcontractors to get jobs and of course it will drive up operating expenses for the companies that hire them.” Under the NLRB decision companies that

TTI Floor Care N.A. Opening New Center of Excellence for Marketing & Innovation in Mecklenburg County

TTI Floor Care N.A. Opening New Center of Excellence for Marketing & Innovation in Mecklenburg County

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) announced Wednesday that TTI Floor Care N.A., the marketer and manufacturer of the iconic Hoover, Dirt Devil and Oreck brands, will create 200 jobs over the coming two years and an investment of up to $5 million for a new Center of Excellence for Marketing & Innovation in Mecklenburg County. “We welcome TTI Floor Care and its storied brands to our state,” said Governor McCrory. “North Carolina, and specifically the Charlotte metro region,

DENR asks Cooper to support its legal fight against federal overreach

DENR asks Cooper to support its legal fight against federal overreach

RALEIGH – N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart sent a letter today to N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper requesting his office support DENR’s challenge of the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule issued by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “The future of North Carolina’s waters must continue to stay in North Carolina’s hands and not in Washington D.C.,” van der Vaart states in the letter. “Our state has a much better record of protecting and cleaning our waters than the federal government.” On June 29,

NCGA Leaders Say Deal In Place For Teachers, Other Employees

NCGA Leaders Say Deal In Place For Teachers, Other Employees

by Barry Smith RALEIGH — Unable to reach an agreement on a state General Fund budget, legislative leaders plan to extend their temporary budget continuing resolution until Sept. 18, but House and Senate leaders did announce they had agreed on how the General Fund would be parceled out over the next two years. Earlier in August, GOP Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders agreed to a $21.735 billion bottom line for the 2015-16 fiscal year General Fund budget. At the time, legislative leaders were optimistic that a final deal could be hammered out before Monday, when the current

Poll:  Biden runs better against Republicans than Clinton; Trump’s GOP lead grows, Clinton’s Dem lead shrinks

Poll: Biden runs better against Republicans than Clinton; Trump’s GOP lead grows, Clinton’s Dem lead shrinks

HAMDEN, CT -- According to a Quinnipiac University National poll released this morning, Vice President Joseph Biden runs slightly better than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton against leading Republican contenders in potential 2016 presidential matchups and has the best favorability rating among top Republican and Democratic candidates. Donald Trump leads the crowded Republican pack with 28 percent, up from 20 percent in a July 30 national survey by the independent Quinnipiac University. This is the highest tally and widest margin for any Republican so far in this election. Ben Carson has 12 percent, with 7 percent each for former

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  • Opinion:  Texas occupational license ruling another warning to North Carolina

    Opinion: Texas occupational license ruling another warning to North Carolina

    by Jon Sanders This week Carolina Journal reported on an important ruling against an occupational license in Texas. State leaders should take note. As CJ reported: The Texas case involved eyebrow threading. Since 2011, Texas has required those practicing eyebrow threading, which involves removing eyebrow hairs by using cotton thread, to get a cosmetology license. Would-be eyebrow threaders had to complete 750 hours of training. By the state's own admission, at least 320 hours of that time had nothing to do with eyebrow threading. The Texas court ruled that the requirements violated the due process clause of

  • Column:  Are you a small business owner? Watch out for the latest scams.

    Column: Are you a small business owner? Watch out for the latest scams.

    by Attorney General Roy Cooper Scam artists don’t just target individual consumers. They also use a variety of tricks and cons to go after small businesses. Protect your company and its reputation by learning about the latest small business frauds. Fake Invoices Small businesses regularly receive invoices for goods and services, and scammers are taking advantage. Employees sometimes receive and pay bills that look legitimate before checking to make sure that they really are. My office recently received complaints about misleading mail from Division of Corporate Services, a phony agency that tried to trick business owners into paying

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