Paid Leave, Wage Trigger Approaching

The July 4th holiday may be one we all look forward to, but please be aware that July 1st is the trigger date for a number of new minimum wage increases as well as paid leave mandates in cities, counties and states around the country. This following listing is nowhere near all-inclusive, but just some…

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Different Views of Soda Taxes, Predictive Scheduling

Despite the fact that revenues from the Philadelphia soda tax appear to have been overpromised and are now under-delivering, and the roll-out of the new soda tax in Cook County, Illinois was an unmitigated disaster, the idea continues to grow in popularity. This week, Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Revenue took testimony on a new…

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Right to Work

Pennsylvania lawmakers may be looking at correcting the Philadelphia soda tax debacle, but the Pennsylvania Governor is apparently focused more on pleasing the labor unions in the Keystone State. Governor Tom Wolf headlined a rally in Harrisburg this week with the state Conference of Teamsters to oppose a couple of right to work proposals moving…

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Good for the Goose, Not the Gander

As we’ve advised over recent months, under the banner of pay equity, many more cities and states have begun prohibiting employment questions about an applicant’s salary history and that ripple continues. Most recently, the state of Delaware has joined the list of those banning any salary history questions! But now comes California, which long ago…

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Franchisee Association Sues!

No, not us! The Great White North Franchisee Association (GWNFA), a new organization representing the interests of Tim Horton’s franchise owners, has filed a lawsuit seeking class action status against Restaurant Brands International. The lawsuit alleges that RBI, which purchased the Tim Horton’s chain just under 3 years ago, has been collecting funds from Tim’s…

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O, My Miscellaneous!

We want to wish the best of luck to the Leyton Orient Football Club of the English Football League and their new owner, Nigel Travis! The Chairman and CEO of Dunkin’ Brands, a self-proclaimed “lifelong” O’s fan, Travis headed up a consortium that just bought the soccer club from Italian businessman Francesco Becchetti. Travis has…

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House Hearing Targets NLRB Rules

The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions subcommittee of the House Education and Workforce Committee held a hearing Wednesday on three specific bills that target Obama-era guidelines promulgated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Ostensibly, the legislation seeks to rescind the ambush election rules along with others that unfairly improve the chances for labor unions…

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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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