Court Rulings on Franchise Issues

There were a couple of cases decided recently that we thought would be worth bringing to your attention. The first involved a question of choice of law and forum selection that originated in Ohio and transferred to the Arizona federal court. In its decision, the Arizona court invalidated a choice of law and venue provision…

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Ohio Tax Amnesty Announced

Speaking of Ohio and taxes, the state Department of Taxation announced a tax amnesty program that was approved by the legislature as part of the FY18 budget debate and signed by Governor John Kasich earlier this fall. The amnesty program will be available to individuals and businesses with unreported and/or under-reported income beginning on January…

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Paid Sick Leave State Laws

On the subject of paid sick leave, as the trend of government mandating employee benefits for private employees continues – and specifically, paid family medical or sick leave – we found this Business Journal article particularly helpful in understanding who does and does not require paid leave as well as which states and or municipalities…

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Salary History Ban Veto Upheld

Not unlike the trend we see relative to paid medical and sick leave across the country, the push for banning questions about a prospective employee’s salary history continues to ripple in different states and cities. Illinois legislators presented just such a ban to Governor Bruce Rauner back in August of this year, which the Governor…

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Maryland County OKs $15 Minimum Wage

Maryland’s Montgomery County Council unanimously passed an ordinance this week that will increase the county minimum to $15 per hour by 2021. Under the provisions of the new law, the current wage minimum of $11.50 an hour will increase at different stages and in different increments every year beginning next  July depending on the number…

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The Poison Spreads

If it keeps up at the current pace, we’ll have to consider adding it as a weekly feature, but since the slime of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault/harassment stories came out, there has been a fairly steady drumbeat of terminations and resignations in a host of industries across the country – some of which may…

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California Bans Salary Inquiries

The Golden State became the latest in a number of cities and states that are looking to ensure gender pay equality through restrictive mandates on employers. Earlier in October, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 168, which prohibits employers from asking prospective employees about their salary history. Under the new edict (effective January 2018),…

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New York City Follows

Our friends at the law firm of Morgan, Brown & Joy advise us that effective this past Tuesday, October 31, 2017, New York City joined the ranks of the salary inquiry cities by amending the New York City Human Rights Law to make it an “unlawful discriminatory practice” for employers to inquire about the salary…

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Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Updates Coming

As we get further into the fall months, there tends to be fewer public hearings on new legislative proposals as lawmakers look to get back to their districts and wind down their formal work. That lull, such as it is, gives us valuable time to capture and summarize the broad array of state legislative changes…

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Business Rankings

Periodically, different organizations will release the results of their (usually annual) rankings of business-friendliness and those reports are generally of some interest for a number of reasons – not the least of which is to see how states rise and fall depending on who’s conducting the survey. Well, we’ve got a couple of more to…

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