Beverage Industry Appeals Court Dismissal

As anticipated, the American Beverage Association and other plaintiffs have appealed the decision of the Court of Common Pleas dismissing the group’s legal challenge to the Philadelphia Beverage Tax. Philadelphia passed the 1.5 cents per ounce tax earlier in 2016 and the challenge was filed in September on the grounds that the tax (which opponents…

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Monkey See, Monkey Do

As we’ve seen in the past on an array of different initiatives, a new government mandate in one community will soon be replicated elsewhere with the effect being a wave across the country.  The soda tax idea is just the latest in an unfortunately long line of taxes, regulations and mandates.  Aside from the Philadelphia…

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EEOC Clarifies Wellness Programs

There has long been a conflict on wellness programs between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the provisions of the Affordable Care Act – with employers caught in the crossfire. It would appear that at long last, EEOC has clarified the provisions as relates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination…

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SEIU Cutting Budget

They may have been spending like the proverbial ‘drunken sailor’ on their Fight for $15 campaigns around the country, but the Service Employees International Union has decided to tighten the purse strings a bit in the face of the Republican electoral landslide in the November elections.  The nation’s second-largest labor union will cut 10% of…

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Arizona Minimum Wage Injunction Rejected

Speaking of the SEIU efforts to raise minimum wages across the country, a legal effort to block the voter approved wage hike in Arizona from taking effect on Sunday has been dismissed by the court.  Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Kiley rejected several arguments put forth by a number of Chambers of Commerce that…

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Massachusetts Sick Leave Law Upheld

It seems one defeat after another of late in court to stop wage hikes or other employee benefit mandates and Massachusetts is no exception. Six employer associations filed suit in 2015 in federal court alleging that the new earned sick leave mandate violated federal labor law by requiring certain benefits of parties to collective bargaining…

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IFA Asks for Puzder Endorsements

As we know, President-elect Donald Trump has announced that he will nominate Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. as his Secretary of Labor and the International Franchise Association (IFA) has undertaken an effort to help him win confirmation.  Puzder is a member of the IFA Board of…

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Miscellaneous

Population shifts continue to see the older northeast states losing population to the south and the sun belt according to the latest estimates from the US Census Bureau.  New York dropped again from its 2015 estimate as Texas and Florida showed significant population growth – Florida grew by more than twice the national average, while…

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DC Council Passes Universal Leave

As expected, early this week the DC Council adopted the Universal Paid Leave Bill that received its initial approval on an 11-2 vote two weeks ago. This time around, the final tally was a veto-proof 9-4 after two councilors made a concerted but unsuccessful effort to amend the bill by swapping out the 0.62 payroll…

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Court Dismisses Challenge to Philly Soda Tax

Philadelphia has won Round 1 of its fight with the beverage industry to preserve the 1.5 cents per ounce tax it imposed on sugary drinks back in June.  In a 14 page decision, Common Pleas Judge Gary Glazer dismissed the legal challenge to the Philadelphia Beverage Tax (PBT) brought by the American Beverage Association and…

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