New York AG Targets “On-Call” Shifts

It would seem that the next call to arms against the business community will be about insufficient notice of being called in to work.  Our readers may recall that earlier this year, we reported on San Francisco passing a Retail Workers Bill of Rights, which among other provisions penalizes employers for not giving employees a…

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Pennsylvania Looks To Go In Different Direction

It’s a long way from becoming law, but we’re glad to be able to report that the Pennsylvania Senate is at least considering the needs of small business as relates unnecessarily increasing labor costs.  We noted this week that the senate on a vote of 37 – 12 passed a bill that would overturn a…

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California Fair Franchising Up For Hearing

The California legislature is prepared to again move forward with franchise relations legislation that will restore some semblance of balance to the franchisee/franchisor relationship in the Golden State.  AB 525, filed jointly by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden, is scheduled for a hearing next week in the state capitol in…

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Virginia Governor “Bans the Box” and . . .

Virginia may be for lovers as the bumper stickers say, but it also got a lot better for those with criminal records last week as the Governor issued a so-called ban the box Executive Order governing all state employment applications.  Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 41 on April 3 and it became effective immediately…

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Maine Governor Uses Veto Threat To Push Tax Reform

Maine Governor Paul LePage, arguably bringing tax reform initiatives to a new level, threatened to use his veto power on all legislation dealing with tax exemptions and tax breaks that the legislature sends him until such time as they take some kind of action on his own tax reform package that the Governor filed at…

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At the State Level

As legislative sessions begin to get more involved, we’re seeing more action now in state houses across the country.  The Maine legislature recently hosted a packed public hearing at which they took testimony on a number of different proposals to increase the minimum wage by various amounts.  Negotiations are now underway to find a suitable…

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Maryland Kills Price Bill on Sugary Drinks

Maryland legislators last week killed a proposal that would have required restaurants to charge more for certain sugary drinks sold with children’s meals.  The legislation, HB 1090, was filed by Baltimore City Delegate Cheryl Glenn in the House and a companion bill by Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam.  It was rejected again this session by the House…

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GMO Labeling Refiled in Congress

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) have filed legislation again that would require the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The identical bills were filed respectively in the Senate (S.511) and the US House (HR. 913).  The Senate filing had 13 additional co-sponsors (all democratic Senators), while the House bill…

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Right To Work Goes Before Assembly in Wisconsin

The proposed Right to Work bill that was passed last week by the state senate, was on yesterday’s agenda for the Wisconsin Assembly.  The branch is overwhelmingly republican controlled, so it is expected to pass and be sent to Governor Scott Walker, who has advised that he will sign it into law.  Walker came out…

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Right To Work Advances in Wisconsin

A proposed Right To Work law in the Wisconsin legislature passed the Senate on a 17 – 15 vote and was sent to the Assembly for its deliberation.  The Right to Work bill, which is expected to pass the Assembly and will be signed by Governor Scott Walker, prohibits any employer from requiring the payment…

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