Health Care Options

Amazingly, Obamacare has been the law of the land for the better part of a decade now (signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010), but it continues to deteriorate before our eyes as more insurers across the country opt-out of the government exchanges and premiums in some states jump by as much as 50%!…

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More Minimum Wage Mischief

It is an issue that just won’t go away, and this week was no exception with the courts, legislatures and a governor here and there each having something to say/do about minimum wages. The Cavaliers might have one foot in the grave in the NBA Finals, but the Cleveland minimum wage law has been brought…

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Preparing for Paid Leave

That preemption veto notwithstanding, mandatory paid leave becomes effective in the Twin Cities at the end of this month. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have paid leave mandates on their books that will take effect on July 1. Except in those communities that have opted out of the county mandates, paid sick leave also becomes…

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Seattle Adopts Soda Tax, May Apply to Coffee Drinks

It was the city that first fell for the Fight for $15 narrative and this week it added a soda and sugary drink tax to its mandates. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed the 1.75 cent per ounce tax into law Tuesday, the day after the Seattle city council passed the money grab on a 7…

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A Taxing Decision?

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court dismissal of a proposed class action suit over the charging of sales taxes at Dunkin’ Donuts shops in Manhattan. The District Court initially dismissed the case in part because the plaintiffs had not exhausted their administrative remedies, such as petitioning the Department of Taxation for…

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Miscellaneous

Last week, a new website was launched by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) entitled the “Faces of $15” highlighting the victims of the Fight for $15 initiative by SEIU. The website chronicles the impact of the minimum wage on 100 small businesses and employees – not a pretty sight. SEIU gave birth to the Fight…

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Bill Seeks To Overturn NLRB

Over the course of the past several years, there have been a number of significant decisions rendered by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) largely rewriting the National Labor Relations Act. Over the past two weeks, remedies have been filed in both branches of Congress, but any final passage and resolution may still be quite…

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General Counsel Still Calls Shots

NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin continues to rule his roost and work toward expanding the reach of organized labor – at least, until his term expires in November. In a Bloomberg story last week, his ability to continue to confound republican efforts to reign in the agency was highlighted. In his capacity as General Counsel,…

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New York Mayor Signs “Fair Workweek” Package

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a legislative package this week that gives extraordinary rights to workers of fast food establishments within the Big Apple. The package contains several bills that foist new requirements on fast food employers including scheduling workers at least two weeks in advance or be penalized by having to…

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Philadelphia Salary History Suit Tossed

A federal judge this week dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Philadelphia Wage Equity law brought by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia. The legislation, which prohibits employers from asking a prospective employee about their salary history, was passed by the city council last year and signed into law in January by Mayor Jim Kenney.…

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