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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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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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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New Minimum Wage Tentacles

Notwithstanding difficulties within the SEIU offices as outlined above, their push for increased minimum wages seems to be growing new appendages in some locales around the country. Earlier this month, the Common Council of South Bend Indiana expanded its current minimum wage requirement when it voted to tie tax abatements for private businesses to minimum…

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The Tide Turns

The Cook County soda tax is going the way of 1917 national predecessor, repealed! The effort first got its real momentum a few weeks ago and then a budget deal was reached last week that cut the tax from the county budget. Tuesday, the County Finance Committee endorsed the repeal effort by a vote of…

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SCOTUS to Hear Right to Work, Again

Speaking of the US Supreme Court, SCOTUS has announced that it will take up the case of Janus v AFSCME, dealing with right to work laws, and hear arguments in the case this term (likely next calendar year). At issue is whether or not public-sector workers can be forced to join the representing union or…

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Court OKs Right to Work

Speaking of right to work, the Badger State became the 25th state in the Union to adopt right-to-work back in 2015, but implementing the law has been a non-stop battle in Wisconsin ever since. The law has been challenged in both the federal and state courts and at this point, has prevailed in both. In…

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Sick Leave Still Spreading

The state level push to add, and in some cases expand existing, paid sick and family leave benefits for workers continued over the past few weeks with California expanding its already-generous family leave law and Rhode Island legislators approving up to 5 sick days leave on an annual basis. California lawmakers sent Governor Jerry Brown…

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Minimum Wage Watch

The seemingly endless increases in minimum wages continued over the past few weeks with the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor announcing the federal contractor minimum will increase to $10.35 per hour beginning on January 1, 2018. In addition, the minimum for tipped employees will increase to $7.25 an hour, also…

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