Paid Leave Mandates

When the Connecticut legislature wrapped up their business for the 2017 session, they also closed the window for this year on a paid leave mandate in the Constitution State with SB0001 failing to garner the support necessary to make it out of the senate. The bill, titled An Act Concerning Earned Family and Medical Leave,…

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Philly Beverage Tax Upheld, Proceeds Down

A Pennsylvania Appeals court on Wednesday rejected a challenge brought by the beverage industry and a couple of consumers to the Philadelphia tax on sugary beverages. The lawsuit alleged that the soda tax violated a provision in the Pennsylvania state constitution that prohibits any duplication of the state sales and use tax, but the appeals…

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Massachusetts Sends Millionaire’s Tax to Ballot

In an unfortunate, but sadly not surprising move, the Massachusetts legislature, meeting in Constitutional Convention, gave final approval to a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would tack an additional 4% tax on incomes in excess of $1 million. The so-called Fair Share Amendment needed to secure 50 favorable votes from the 200 legislators…

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Pay Equity Law Signed in Oregon

Some number of months ago, it started as a prohibition on employers asking job applicants their salary history. Since that time, it has been transformed into the latest progressive campaign to right past wrongs and it now goes by the name Pay Equity. Oregon is the latest state to enact a Pay Equity Law when…

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Minimum Wage Machinations

The drumbeat has gone on for the past several years now, and it continued this week in the state of Delaware. At the last minute, the Delaware state senate on Tuesday postponed an expected vote on legislation hiking the current state minimum wage of $8.25 to $10.25 an hour by 2020 and subsequently tie future…

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Maine Senate Kills Union Ratification Bill

Speaking of Maine and the state senate, the Maine senate voted 20-13 last week to kill a bill that would have required a union ratification vote every two years in union workplaces. The bill, LD 1553, would have mandated that union workers ratify their collective bargaining representation by secret ballot every other year. In addition,…

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Competitor News

Starbucks continues to expand its presence in meals sales and is now testing Snap Kitchen products in 5 stores within the Houston market. Snap Kitchens, based in Texas, specializes in healthier grab-and-go meals. Under new CEO Kevin Johnson, the company will be expanding the Snap Kitchen test to other areas soon, while at the same…

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Miscellaneous –

A few weeks ago, we advised our readers of a class action lawsuit filed against the Democratic National Committee alleging the party was guilty of wage theft from many of its workers during the democratic national convention last summer. Now, as more information comes out about the payment of bonuses to some workers while others…

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DOL Dumps Joint Employer Rule

It didn’t take new Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta too long to determine that the expanded definition of joint-employer by the Obama-era Labor Department (DOL) was a dramatic overreach and to fix it. Earlier this week, Acosta announced that the DOL had withdrawn the joint employer guideline. Recall back in 2015 that David Weil, DOL…

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Persuader Rule Burial Likely Next Week

Notwithstanding that the Obama-era “persuader rule” never actually took effect, permanently enjoined by the courts right before it kicked in, it should die for good next week. Legal challenges to the rule, a union-friendly mandate that significantly increased the disclosure requirement on employers when fighting union representation efforts, are technically still alive for a few…

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