Wisconsin’s Governor Walker Signs Right to Work Law

It was not the least bit surprising when Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker this week signed into law Right to Work legislation making Wisconsin the 25th state to enact right-to-work laws. The law makes it illegal to require the payment of union dues as a requirement of employment.  Walker, a likely GOP presidential candidate for the…

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Then Labor Sues Him Over It

Just days after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed the new Wisconsin new Right to Work legislation into law, organized labor expressed their strong disapproval by filing suit challenging the new law as an unconstitutional transfer of property in that unions would still be required under federal law to provide services to employees who choose not…

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What’s Brewing: Fair Franchising, Obamacare, Wage Hikes, Labor Pains

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners looking for some basic protections for their businesses may soon have legislation to rally around in a number of states across the country. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania and California, among other states, are poised to take up the fair-franchising cause as spring legislative seasons kick into gear. While the bills vary in…

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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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GMO Labeling Is On Tap in Minnesota

It’s on the books in Vermont (but the subject of pending litigation) and Connecticut and Maine have authorized it if neighboring states require it, but now the state of Minnesota has positioned itself as the first state outside New England to consider legislation mandating the labeling of all food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The…

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Paid Sick Leave Spreading Like the Flu

It began back in 2006 when San Francisco mandated paid sick leave for every worker in the city at a rate of 1 hour paid leave earned for every 30 hours worked.  It was followed by Washington, DC and Milwaukee just 2 years later.  (The Milwaukee law was never implemented and after Wisconsin Governor Scott…

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Chicago’s big boost

Chicago has become the largest city to date to jack up the minimum wage, a move that comes even as efforts to raise the rate across Illinois have bogged down. Workers in the Windy City will earn at least $13 an hour starting in 2019 after Mayor Rahm Emanuel won approval for the boost on…

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Illinois Businesses Required to Offer Retirement Plans

Outgoing Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn, who lost his reelection bid in November, in his last days in office signed a bill into law requiring all Illinois businesses with 25 employees or more to offer individual retirement savings options to their employees by June 1, 2017.  Under the law, businesses will have an option of using…

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New Year Brings New Forms in Illinois

Along with the New Year, next week will also bring the requirement for posting new forms and employment posters in a host of states around the country.  The state of Illinois is just one state where employers need to switch their employment posters with new mandated by the state’s Department of Labor.  All franchise owners…

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