US Supreme Court Rejects Workers Comp Challenge

Last week, the US Supreme Court declined to take under review a challenge to Workers Compensation in the state of Florida.  The case, an appeal on which the Florida State Supreme Court had already refused to review, was brought by a nurse injured on the job who contended that the “new” workers compensation system, put…

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More Minimum Wage Updates

Just a few weeks ago, Illinois’ Cook County adopted a paid sick leave law almost identical to that which is in place in the City of Chicago – one hour leave for every 40 hours worked.  This week, the Cook County Board again followed the lead of the Windy City when they mandated a $13…

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Minimum Wages Struck Down by Kentucky Court

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has ruled local minimum wages invalid in the cities of Louisville and Lexington.  In a 6-1 decision, the state’s highest court ruled that the two communities lacked the legal authority to establish specific minimum on private employers.  The case was initiated in 2014 after Louisville became the first community in…

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They’re Baaaaaaaack

One of the complaints about Styrofoam is that it doesn’t break down quickly enough from an environmental standpoint, and the same could be said about efforts to ban its use across the country.  We haven’t had to talk much about municipal bans on single-use polystyrene containers over the past few months, but don’t think the…

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At long last, Man Bites Dog!

Writing these stories each week about government overreach and the many more restrictions being placed on businesses across the country, it is refreshing when we can report on something going the other way.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filing suit against Brownsville, Texas is just such a story.  The republican AG filed in state District…

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How Equal Access Laws Affect Franchise Owners

“Equal access” has meant various things, for various classes of people, throughout the history of the United States. For some, it has meant being able to eat at the same restaurants or drink from the same water fountains. For others, it has meant having the right to vote. And, notwithstanding great strides in this country…

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Texas Court Trashes Plastic Bag Ban

A Texas Appeals Court has tossed out a local ordinance in Laredo that banned the use of single-use plastic bags.  The ordinance, one of many similar local fiats throughout Texas and across the country, was overturned ostensibly because of a Texas statute that prohibits local governments from restricting the sale or use of certain containers…

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Florida Styrofoam Ban Goes to Court

The Florida Retail Federation this week brought a lawsuit against the City of Coral Gables challenging enforcement of its Styrofoam ban.  The local law authorized fines starting at $50 and increasing to $500 for a third violation within one year and $1,000 for subsequent violations.  Businesses were given until next month to phase out Styrofoam…

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A Commitment to Family Spawns a Second Career for Florida Franchisee

Alex Fernandez thought he had retired. After almost 30 years with AIG, the international insurance and financial services firm, Fernandez was ready to try a life of golf and relaxation. Then a family crisis intervened and Fernandez found himself back in the world of work, in a different country and a different business entirely. And…

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Other Minimum Wage Issues

Elsewhere, we note that minimum wage in Minnesota will increase effective August 1 for both small and larger employers.  Minnesota provides for two different minimums based on the size of the employer business.  Large employers (at least $500,000 gross annual revenues) will be required to pay $9.50 per hour beginning next month, while small employers…

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