Pay Equity Issues

After having saddled Philadelphia retailers with that onerous sugary drink tax last year, Mayor Jim Kenney signed an ordinance into law this week that bans employers from asking job applicants about their salary history.  The law, which also has been adopted by a host of other cities and a handful of states, is known as…

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CFA Lobby Day and Forum Registration Open

The annual CFA event on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on March 15 – 16, 2017 at the Capitol Hill Hotel, is shaping up as another exceptional program. The day will begin with an opening address and an Attorney Roundtable with many of the premier franchisee attorneys in the country speaking on a number of…

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Miscellaneous

The franchise industry is expected to continue its record growth throughout 2017. According to the Franchise Business Economic Outlook for 2017 released this week by the International Franchise Association, the industry is projected to grow by $35 billion to top out at $710 billion by the year-end. Speaking of the IFA, we want to congratulate…

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January 20, 2017: Presidential Inauguration Day

It is one of the realities that make the American experiment so exciting and unique – the peaceful transfer of power from one leader to another and oftentimes, such as this year, from one party to another, as well. On Inauguration Day 2017, we want to thank President Obama for his service as our 44th…

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Playing ‘Til The Whistle

As we enter the NFL Conference Championship weekend, we can fully understand “playing ‘til the whistle”, but relating that notion to the remnants of the Obama labor legacy is something different at this address. Notwithstanding, that seems to be precisely what the outgoing Department of Labor is doing as relates its permanently enjoined “Persuader Rule”…

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OT Advocates Look To States

With the Department of Labor overtime rule having suffered a somewhat similar fate (enjoined nationally by the federal court) as did the persuader rule discussed above, advocates for the policy of more than doubling the overtime threshold are now casting their eyes on state governments. As new legislative sessions get underway, democratic lawmakers in a…

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Labor Attorneys Planning Battle?

On the surface, it may seem that the labor issue pendulum has swung in favor of business with the Trump administration taking office and Congress in the republican control, but business interests shouldn’t expect the unions or their advocates in the plaintiff’s bar to go quietly into that good night! To the contrary, we found…

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New I-9 Form Effective Tomorrow

The new Employment Eligibility Verification form, more commonly known as the I-9 Form and adopted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) last year becomes effective tomorrow, January 21. For the past several months, the USCIS was allowing the continued use of the older expired form (with an expiration date listed of 3/31/16)…

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Missouri Tees Up Right to Work

Missouri is poised to soon become the 28th right-to-work state in the nation. The Show Me state’s House of Representatives debated a right-to-work bill on the House floor this week and gave the measure initial approval Wednesday. HB 91 would free union non-members from any legal obligation to pay fees to a union that bargains…

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Court Orders Wage Plan to Ballot

Right to work isn’t the only issue generating news in Missouri as this week the state Supreme Court ordered Kansas City to put a minimum wage initiative that could ultimately lead to a $15 minimum wage on the municipal ballot.  Missouri law preempts local communities from establishing their own minimum wages higher than that of…

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