Little State, Big Change

The nation’s second smallest state last week joined some of the country’s largest by significantly increasing the requirements on businesses in the case of a cybersecurity breach. Delaware Governor John Carney signed House bill 180 into law last week extending cybersecurity protections. The new law, which takes effect next April, requires businesses that have experienced…

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Cuomo Kills NYC Millionaire’s Tax

OK, he may not have actually killed it, but declaring it DOA in Albany is about as close to terminal as it gets. A few weeks back, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed the idea of increasing the city income tax on an individual making more than $500,000 ($1 million for couples) by…

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Feds Urge Court To Block NYC Menu Labeling

Well, the federal requirement for menu labeling, passed into law as part of the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) back in 2010, may have been delayed for another year, but New York City is scheduled to begin enforcing its own labeling mandate next Monday. That fact was enough for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…

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When Is Reasonable Reasonable?

As we’ve cautioned in the past, the Americans with Disabilities Act is a federal law to which small business owners must pay particularly close attention. We’ve advised in prior issues of so-called “drive-by lawsuits”, where individuals use the ADA as a club by which to extort settlements from business owners. But, the law has real…

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NJ Governor Vetoes Paid Leave Expansion

He may be polling at an abysmal 15% favorable, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has to be liked by more small business owners after he vetoed a dramatic expansion of the New Jersey paid leave mandate this week. New Jersey law currently provides for 6 weeks of paid family leave at two-thirds of salary…

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Soda Tax Appealed to PA High Court

Having been rejected at both the Court of Common Pleas (initial action) and just last month, the Commonwealth Court (appellate level), plaintiffs challenging the Philadelphia soda tax this week brought the issue to the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court. The American Beverage Association, along with the Pennsylvania Beverage Association and several other local business plaintiffs, appealed…

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Scheduling Mandates Spreading

The latest fad being foisted upon small business retailers and fast food employers – predictive scheduling – continues to spread to new areas around the country. The state of Oregon is now seriously entertaining enacting a law that would dictate how and when small businesses could schedule their employees to work. The Oregon Senate last…

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Family Leave, Pay Equity Go to Governor

The democrat-controlled New Jersey legislature this week sent two initiatives to republican lame duck Governor Chris Christie, term-limited out of office this year after two terms. AB3480, which would ban employers from inquiring into a job applicant salary history, was approved by the Senate earlier this week by a party-line vote of 30-9. AB 4927…

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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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