When Is Reasonable Reasonable?

As we’ve cautioned in the past, the Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal law to which small business owners must pay particularly close attention. We’ve advised in prior issues of so-called “drive-by lawsuits”, where individuals use the ADA as a club by which to extort settlements from business owners. But, the law has real…

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NJ Governor Vetoes Paid Leave Expansion

He may be polling at an abysmal 15% favorable, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has to be liked by more small business owners after he vetoed a dramatic expansion of the New Jersey paid leave mandate this week. New Jersey law currently provides for 6 weeks of paid family leave at two-thirds of salary…

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Pregnancy Protections

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker yesterday signed the Pregnant Workers Protection Act (H3680) into law requiring employers in the Commonwealth to make reasonable workplace accommodations for pregnant workers. Under the new law, which hadn’t been able to gain much traction in several past sessions, it is illegal for employers in the state to choose not hire…

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Calling All Regulatory Excess!

Shortly after assuming office, President Trump mandated that for every new regulation proposed, federal agencies submit two regulations that should be eliminated. Well, that order is now starting to bear fruit as federal agencies are aggressively looking to identify regulations ripe for elimination. In that vein, the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy will…

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Soda Tax Appealed to PA High Court

Having been rejected at both the Court of Common Pleas (initial action) and just last month, the Commonwealth Court (appellate level), plaintiffs challenging the Philadelphia soda tax this week brought the issue to the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court. The American Beverage Association, along with the Pennsylvania Beverage Association and several other local business plaintiffs, appealed…

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St. Louis Minimum Wage To Drop

It’s been an up and down battle over the minimum wage in St. Louis for the past several months, but it looks like small businesses may be the final winner as the state preemption of local minimum wages will take effect on August 28 of this year. St. Louis passed its own minimum wage law…

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Wisconsin Right To Work Upheld by Court

Right to Work advocates around the country got another win yesterday when the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeal in Chicago upheld the Wisconsin right to work law. The ruling came in a challenge to the law brought by two local affiliates of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) against the Wisconsin law. The…

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Joint Employer Briefs to SCOTUS

Perhaps the lightening rod of all NLRB decisions during the tenure of General Counsel Griffin was the Board’s rewriting of the definition of joint employer. As the Browning-Ferris decision reverberated through business circles, the NLRB upped the ante when they began liberally applying their new standard to an array of industries and companies (McDonald’s, DirectTV,…

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Indiana Bans Ban the Box

I guess it might be the exception that proves the rule, but legislators in the Hoosier State gave Indiana employers a lot more leeway in their job interview techniques with a new law that took effect July 1. Not only can Indiana employers inquire into any criminal history that a job applicant may have, the…

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A Tale of Two Wage Studies

There continues to be much debate around the country about the wisdom of increasing minimum wages and how big an increase can be before it becomes detrimental to the local economy and the very workers the increase is supposed to help. Well, two recent studies of the impact on Seattle employees of the Seattle minimum…

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