Illinois Nonunion Member Fees Challenged Too

The flip side of the right to work debate is being resurrected in Illinois where two government employees are seeking to appeal a dismissal by the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  The case, Janus v. AFSCME, was originally brought by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner challenging government worker unions for requiring “fair…

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County Complexity

Barrington, Illinois is geographically located in both Cook County and Lake County, so the recent passage of mandatory sick leave and a much higher minimum wage in Cook County posed a sticky dilemma for many of the businesses in Barrington.  The town responded quickly to resolve the issues however by passing an ordinance this week…

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Illinois Governor Implements Merit Plan

In arguably another defeat for big labor, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has begun implementing parts of his proposed merit pay contract for state workers by processing $1000 bonus payments and imposing new rules on overtime.  The payments, which are one-time only, go to employees who’ve missed less than 5% of their assigned work days over…

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Independent Joe #39 Sept/Oct

Tucked into the Connecticut woods, Foxwoods is the largest resort casino in the country. In short, there really is something for everyone. “The great thing about coming to Foxwoods is that you can bring your family and extend your stay,” says Guido Petrosinelli, a longtime franchisee from Rhode Island, and a member of the 2105…

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Missouri Franchisee is Accustomed to the Ups and Downs of Business

When you’ve spent most of your professional career in the roller coaster world of theme parks, becoming a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise operator hardly seems like the next logical step. But for Cory Roebuck – who toiled for 17 years managing amusement parks and attractions up and down the coast of California before ending up in…

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US Court Upholds Wisconsin Right-To-Work

Early this week, a federal court judge rejected a union challenge to the Wisconsin right-to-work laws citing a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a similar law in Indiana.  In his order, filed on Monday, U.S. District Court Judge J.P. Stadtmueller rejected requests for preliminary injunctions by the two plaintiffs, Locals 139 and…

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St. Paul Follows Suit, Mandates Paid Sick Leave

Following an array of cities on both coasts as well as its “Twin City” Minneapolis, St. Paul Minnesota joined the ranks of those local governments now mandating paid sick leave for employees of private companies.  The St. Paul city council, which had been deliberating the legislation over the course of several months, finally enacted the…

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Court Blocks Right-To-Work

Last week, a West Virginia Circuit Court judge granted a preliminary injunction to the West Virginia AFL-CIO and 11 other labor unions in the Mountain State preventing its right-to-work law from taking effect.  As justification for her decision, Judge Jennifer Bailey pointed to the fact that the state law provides for criminal charges and civil…

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This Will Show Governor in ‘Show-Me’ State

Missouri has long enjoyed it’s slogan as the Show-me state, but  the Director of the Missouri Public Defender System brought it to a whole new level last week when he dished out the pro bono cases backing up in his office.  Director Michael Barrett sent this letter to Governor Jay Nixon, a former four-time state…

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Medical Marijuana Use in O-high-O

Earlier this summer, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a medical marijuana bill into law, but unlike some other states, it provides significant protection for Ohio employers.  The law, which goes into effect on September 8, 2016, will permit eligible individuals (with specific health conditions) to receive authorization from their healthcare provider to use certain forms…

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