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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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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Governors Giveth, Taketh Away

Their actions could not more clearly speak to their outlook on business in general, but two governors went in different directions this week over leave legislation put before them. As we speculated last week, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan made good on an earlier promise to veto a family leave bill that didn’t meet his requirements.…

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Paid Leave in Federal Budget, Limbo in Maryland

As we advised you last week in this space, the President included paid parental leave in his 2018 budget blueprint, recommending a process that is mandatory but not uniform, in that the final details will be left to the individual states. Trump’s budget mandates six weeks of paid parental leave (for both, mothers and fathers)…

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Pennsylvania Offers Tax Amnesty

Taking a different view on the sanctity of tax dollars, the state of Pennsylvania has a two month tax amnesty program currently in place for those who may have, eh, um “miscalculated” their state tax obligation in prior years. The program, which began in late April, allows eligible individuals and businesses to apply to pay…

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Paid Leave Debates Ongoing

It’s possible to next become law in Maryland as Governor Larry Hogan seems to be considering signing a paid sick leave mandate into law. That fact is worth noting given that Hogan had previously announced the proposal “dead on arrival”. The Governor had previously proposed his own paid sick leave bill that applied to 50…

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Pennsylvania Considers Right to Work

It may very well be quite the long-shot, but the historically union-supportive state of Pennsylvania is now entertaining Right to Work legislation. Filed in both the Pennsylvania House and Senate earlier this month, right to work is part of a legislative package called the “Open Workforce Initiative”. The initiative is being championed by republican legislators…

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Paid Leave Passes Maryland Legislature

The result was a bit different on the subject of paid sick leave in Annapolis this week. The Maryland Senate passed a slightly different version of paid sick leave than the House had already passed, but the House of Delegates quickly amended theirs so as to get a bill to the Governor before their session…

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NYC Bans Salary History Questions

Mayor Bill de Blasio issued an Executive Order back in November 2016 that banned city agencies from asking for a salary history in employment interviews, but he needed a formal ordinance to impose the mandate on private employers. He got that ordinance this week on Wednesday when the New York City Council approved legislation extending…

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Baltimore Vetoes Minimum Wage; States Preempt

One could say business interests won a couple of battles this week on the issue of minimum wage increases across the country. First, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed a local ordinance that would have set a Baltimore minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2022. Maryland law provides that the current minimum of $8.75 increase…

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