They’re Baaaaaaaack

One of the complaints about Styrofoam is that it doesn’t break down quickly enough from an environmental standpoint, and the same could be said about efforts to ban its use across the country.  We haven’t had to talk much about municipal bans on single-use polystyrene containers over the past few months, but don’t think the…

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Minimum Wage Stays in the News

It seems a week can’t go by without some new minimum wage activity being in the forefront somewhere.  This week’s news brings us back to the state of Maine, where advocates have succeeded in placing a minimum wage increase on the ballot this November, but that’s yesterday’s news.  This week, a broad coalition of business…

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NY Court Strikes Styrofoam Ban

Two days ago, the New York City ban on Styrofoam cups and food containers was struck down by a Manhattan Supreme Court justice.   Judge Margaret Chan rejected the contention of NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia that expanded polystyrene was not recyclable in the face of evidence to the contrary presented by plaintiffs Dart Container Corp…

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New York City Styrofoam Ban Takes Effect

When the calendar turned to July this week, it marked the end of polystyrene food containers in New York City, including Dunkin’s iconic foam coffee cups.  Although the ban formally took effect on the first of this month, there is a 6 month grace period for the phasing out of all foam food containers meaning…

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Portland Campaign in Stereo!

Aside from the “Fight for 15” protests held this week and referenced above, we have two other locales to advise you of minimum wage initiatives.  On the west coast, a public hearing was held earlier this week in the Oregon State Capital on 10 bills pending in the legislature that would increase the minimum wage…

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New York City Bans Styrofoam

It has been on the books “subject to” since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg got the idea approved by the City Council in December 2013, but current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking the issue to the next step and implementing a citywide ban on polystyrene foam effective July 1, 2015. The ban,…

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What’s Brewing: New Green Laws, Wage Theft Lawsuits, Mandatory Sick Leave

While you’ve been busy running your franchise and serving your customers, legislators, lawyers and union activists have busy doing what they do best—agitating non-issues into confrontations, passing new laws, formulating new regulations and filing new lawsuits. And, more often than not, these new rules and regulations are threatening to change how franchise owners run their…

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Styrofoam Bans Back in The News

Portland Maine, which has been debating and deliberating since last September a ban on polystyrene foam for beverage cups and food containers adopted the ordinance earlier this week by a 6 – 3 vote.  The council action came after what was described as two hours of impassioned debate and sharply divided testimony on Monday evening. The…

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Bans on the The East Coast As Well

As proof that not all anti-business initiatives are borne on the West Coast, the Portland (Maine) City Council has resurrected a proposal to ban styrofoam beverage cups and food containers within its city limits.  The proposal, which would amend Chapter 12 of the city code, was initially suggested by Councilor Ed Suslovic, Chairman of the…

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