How Do You Define Distracted?

Under the provisions of AB 1908 in New Jersey, it’s anything that’s not related to operating a motor vehicle – potentially, coffee included!  Yes, Hudson Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti along with Middlesex Assemblyman John Wisniewski have filed legislation that would potentially make a driver having a cup of coffee while operating a motor vehicle illegal.  The…

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Minneapolis OKs Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Although neither side of the paid sick leave v. state pre-emption of local laws debate won the day in the Minnesota legislature, sick leave advocates scored a victory last Friday when Minneapolis adopted the Sick and Safe Time Ordinance.  With a threshold of 6 or more workers, the ordinance mandates that employees accumulate one hour…

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Drive-by Lawsuit Hearing

It may be a while before we see real reform on one of the Coalition of Franchisee Association’s (CFA) top priorities, but at least we’ve begun the process.  The House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice last week held a public hearing on the Americans with Disabilities Education and Reform Act (HR. 3765). …

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Sugary Drink Tax Goes Across the Pond

In case you were thinking government overreach was limited to the US, rest assured that is not the case.  To the contrary, within the past month, both the United Kingdom and Canada have announced plans to apply an additional tax on sugary drinks.  In England, the U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne introduced a…

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Ohio Bill Seeks To Ease Employment Discrimination Law

The Ohio legislature is considering a proposal that would clean up and simplify Ohio employment discrimination law.  If passed and signed into law by Governor (and presidential candidate) John Kasich, Senate 268 would reduce the timeframe within which employment discrimination claims would need to be filed from the current 6 year period to one year,…

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Punishing Success

One of the next frontiers for the tax and spend advocates is very likely to be extra taxes on those who have enjoyed some degree of financial success.  Advocates in Massachusetts want to bring the hammer down on those who are financially successful, pushing for an amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution that would allow for…

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West Virginia Tees Up Right-to-Work

The West Virginia Legislature has passed legislation and sent it to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin that would make West Virginia the 26th state with a right-to-work law.  “Right to work” gives an employee the legal right to opt out of paying union dues.  Last week, the House passed the “Establishing West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act”…

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Sugary Drink Issues Resurface

The National Commission on Hunger released its final report, “Freedom from Hunger: An Achievable Goal for the United States of America” earlier this week and in it recommended that sugar-sweetened drinks be excluded from the list of items eligible for purchase with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.  The recommendation, presented for consideration by Congress,…

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Legislative Sessions Starting Anew

Now that our calendar has turned to 2016, many state legislatures will be convening in new sessions over the coming weeks.  In fact, fourteen states have already opened their 2016 sessions while an additional 19 will begin their 2016 work next week.  By the end of this month, legislatures will be convened in 37 of…

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Schedule Mandate Proposals Growing

It may make absolutely no sense to anyone trying to run a business successfully, but the latest push for scheduling mandates or “predictive scheduling” seems to be growing in popularity across the country.  San Francisco already requires covered employers to provide employees with their work schedules two weeks in advance and mandates “predictability pay” if…

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