States Still Adding Paid Sick Leave Mandates

We may not know what will ultimately happen at the federal level regarding sick leave mandates, but the writing seems to be on the wall at the state level as more states are now taking a closer look at the issue. Notwithstanding strong opposition from the business community in the state of Maine, the Legislature’s…

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NLRB Unionizing And Other Issues Continue

Although the National Labor Relations Board is structured as an independent arbiter of labor issues, the agency’s apparent campaign to unionize as much of the US economy as possible continues unabated. Specifically, the recent NLRB recognition of graduate students as employees at universities across the country continues, most recently at Penn State, American University, Brown,…

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Budget Crisis, But Minimum Wage Clears Hurdle

The state of Illinois is currently mired in a budget crisis of legendary proportions – for almost 2 full years, chaos has ruled. There have been unfunded pension issues, corruption allegations back and forth, the Attorney General sued to stop state worker paychecks, lawsuits between government agencies, furloughs of state employees, Northeastern Illinois and Chicago…

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Florida Bill Clears First Hurdle

Good news came out of Tallahassee earlier this week with the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries voting favorably on the Protect Florida Small Business Act (SB 750). The 7-2 vote came at the conclusion of the public hearing (SB 750 discussion begins at 19:00 minute mark +/-) on the proposal that was sponsored by Senator…

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Minimum Wage Redux?

We advised months ago that the voter-approved minimum wage hike in the state of Maine was going to be reconsidered by the legislature and in fact, a raucous public hearing was held this week in Augusta for just that purpose. Media reports claim that between “dozens” and “hundreds” (we don’t know which is the ‘fake…

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California Immigration Bill Uses Employers

There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth over President Trump’s goal of tightening immigration restrictions, but now a California Assemblyman is looking to put employers squarely in the middle of that battle. Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) has filed Assembly 450, “the Immigrant Worker Protection Act”, which is scheduled to be heard sometime…

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What’s Brewing: Sodium Regulation, Minimum wage

The Trump Administration sooner or later will start delivering on its promise to slash government red tape but, in the meantime, the battle over wages, sick leave and food labeling requirements continues to rage on at the city, state and county level. New York City officials are crowing over a court victory upholding their new…

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Dismantling Obama ‘Legacy’

Notwithstanding the failure to ‘repeal and replace’ Obama Care with the American Health Care Act last week, the Obama legacy is in large measure being steadily and systematically dismantled by Congress and President Trump. This past week, the President signed a number of CRA (Congressional Review Act) resolutions into law – the first blocks an…

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DC Circuit Overturns NLRB

Speaking of labor and labor-centric issues, last week the DC Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an NLRB decision where the agency had ruled that workers could not revoke “dues checkoff” authorizations (which allows an employer to deduct union dues directly from the paychecks of union members) between the expiration of a union contract and the…

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Baltimore Vetoes Minimum Wage; States Preempt

One could say business interests won a couple of battles this week on the issue of minimum wage increases across the country. First, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed a local ordinance that would have set a Baltimore minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2022. Maryland law provides that the current minimum of $8.75 increase…

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