Seattle Approves “Head Tax” on Employers

Apparently determined to kill economic prosperity, at least within its own city limits, Seattle city councilors unanimously voted to impose a new tax on large employers within the city. Mayor Jenny Durkan, who won the office last November after her predecessor Mayor Ed Murray was caught in a child sex abuse scandal, threatened to veto…

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Predictive Scheduling Taking Effect in July

More bad news for business interests in the Pacific Northwest as predictive scheduling will become effective in Oregon in just over one month. Last year you may recall, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law the first statewide predictive scheduling mandate in the nation, Senate bill 828,. The dictate, which applies to non-exempt employees working…

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California Changes Independent Contractor Test

Just a week or so ago, the California Supreme Court altered the long-prevailing standard for determining which individuals may qualify as independent contractors rather than employees. Prior to the court ruling, there were 12 different factors that would be considered in making such a determination. In the case of Dynamex Operations West, the state’s highest…

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Beware! Fast Food Unions Have Arrived

Advocates, who have been pushing for years now to try and unionize fast food workers, have finally succeeded, although it may be on a small scale for the time being. Workers at a Portland Burgerville restaurant voted to unionize this past Monday in an election sanctioned by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The final…

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9th Circuit Limits Salary History Use

The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this week ruled that Fresno County could not pay an individual female employee less than a male counterpart because of the woman’s lower salary history. An 11-judge panel of the San Francisco-based court unanimously ruled that doing so would violate the federal Equal Pay Act of 1963 and…

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California Judge Orders Coffee Cancer Warnings

It’s the ultimate nanny-state after all, but a California judge has ordered coffee retailers throughout the state to post cancer warnings on coffee sold in the Golden State. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle issued the order in a lawsuit initiated in 2010 by a non-profit group that alleged the companies were violating California…

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Joint Employer: Still Front & Center

We thought it was resolved for good back in December with the NLRB decision in the Hy-Brand Industrial Contractors case, but the Inspector General’s report on that vote and Bill Emanuel’s participation in it changed that outcome. Now comes a request from the Competitive Enterprise Institute that the same Office of the Inspector General investigate…

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More Minimum Wage Mischief

Technically, the Fight for $15 began at the start of this decade with President Obama pushing an increase in the federal minimum wage in his 2010 State of the Union address, but the effort continues at full speed in state houses and town halls across the country. In North Dakota, advocates are planning to put…

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Don’t tread on us: Franchisees sue their brand for encroachment and win

El Pollo Loco – their slogan is “Crazy you can taste” – is popular for Mexican-style food such as tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas and, in particular, citrus-marinated, fire-grilled chicken. The Costa Mesa, California chain operates over 460 company-owned and franchised restaurants in the southwest, and is a favorite with many locals. In Lancaster, Calif.,…

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