Miscellaneous

Population shifts continue to see the older northeast states losing population to the south and the sun belt according to the latest estimates from the US Census Bureau.  New York dropped again from its 2015 estimate as Texas and Florida showed significant population growth – Florida grew by more than twice the national average, while…

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Labor Wants “Do-over” on Right to Work Challenge

The United Auto Workers and other unions asked the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals last week to rehear their challenge to Hardin County, Kentucky’s right-to-work ordinance. As we reported just two weeks ago, the 6th Circuit upheld the county law and by extension, several others throughout Kentucky (which is the only southern state that has…

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Local Right-to-Work Laws Upheld in Kentucky

There are currently 26 states (more than half the country) that have enacted right-to-work laws – prohibiting non-union members from being forced to pay union dues against their will – but Kentucky is not one of them.  And, with the Kentucky House controlled by pro-union democratic representatives, the votes were not there to enact right-to-work…

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Voters Mandate Paid Leave

Provisions in the ballot questions of two of the aforementioned states also mandate that private employers provide paid leave to employees under certain circumstances. Washington’s Initiative 433 (I-433) provides that beginning in 2018, employees will earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked.  Proposition 206 in Arizona, which passed by a…

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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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