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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Minimum Wage Hikes Hurting Restaurants

Wage hike advocates may be loath to admit it, but according to a recently released study of Yelp data on the impact of minimum wage increases on lower to middle-quality restaurants, the impact is unmistakable. Buzz-feed, which wrote up the study, reported that researchers found that a $1 increase in the minimum wage in the…

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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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Independent Joe #42 February/ March

In some of its earliest iterations, it was referred to as yellow journalism. Back in the early days of this nation’s history, it manifested itself in so-called Pamphlets, where the writer would use a pseudonym and slander his political opponents with outrageous allegations – some having just a sliver of truth, others lacking even the…

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More Minimum Wage Updates

It seems to be the issue that just won’t go away over the past few years, but there is still more updates on minimum wage hikes across the country. Out west, the Nevada Supreme Court remanded a minimum wage dispute back to the District Court in Las Vegas, but in the same ruling upheld the…

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Speaking of Joint-employer

On the issue of joint-employer, states are still looking to insulate businesses within their borders from the NLRB re-definition by codifying the traditional definition in state law. South Dakota is the latest in a string of states to enact laws limiting “joint employer”. Governor Dennis Daugaard signed Senate bill SB137 into law last week after…

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Right to Work States: 28 & Stalled

The national wave of states adopting right to work legislation hit a bump and stalled this past week when the Colorado House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted to kill Senate Bill 55, which would have prohibited any Colorado company from requiring union membership as a condition of employment. The demise of SB 55…

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Minimum Wages on the National & State Stages

At the national level, US Senator Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democratic incumbent last week filed a 77-page piece of legislation that is a veritable smorgasbord of the union advocacy issues. Up for reelection in November of this year, Brown appears to be trying to ingratiate himself with all possible factions – including business. Aside from…

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Up & Down on Minimum Wages

The issue of minimum wages was all over the lot this past week with the Supreme Court in Missouri ruling that the state local wage preemption bill doesn’t affect a wage bill in St. Louis, restoring the city’s minimum wage ordinance.  The St. Louis ordinance was passed just hours before the state preemption bill became…

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