Banned in Boston

That term actually originated back in the 17th century and mostly stemmed from the Puritan roots of Massachusetts’ earlier settlers. It generally referred to a literary work, song, picture or play that was prohibited from being distributed or exhibited in Boston because of “objectionable” content. Regrettably, it now more accurately illustrates the endless nanny-state leanings…

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Staying In Compliance

There may be much happening now in DC, but we must stay on top of the changes that are regularly taking effect at the state and local level – and ensuring that we are in compliance with the dictates. A good case in point is New York City, where “fair workweek laws” became effective just…

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Massachusetts Ballot Issues Advancing

The proponents are already claiming they’ve collected enough valid voter signatures in Massachusetts to put a couple of wage and paid leave proposals before the voters on the 2018 state ballot. The non-profit RaiseUp Massachusetts said last week that their wage ballot and paid leave measures each had more than double the required 64,750 valid…

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Maryland Governor Files Sick Leave Bill

As a further case in point as to the spread of paid sick leave, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced he will file two paid sick leave bills for consideration during the upcoming legislative session. Last session, the Maryland legislature passed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, a sick leave bill which Hogan vetoed as being…

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Right To Work On SCOTUS & Ballot

With a full complement of 9 Justices now sitting on the Supreme Court bench, it appears likely that SCOTUS will finally revisit the Abood v Detroit Board of Education decision rendered back in 1977. That decision by the Berger Court granted unions the right to collect “fees” from employees even though those employees may have…

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Court Rulings on Franchise Issues

There were a couple of cases decided recently that we thought would be worth bringing to your attention. The first involved a question of choice of law and forum selection that originated in Ohio and transferred to the Arizona federal court. In its decision, the Arizona court invalidated a choice of law and venue provision…

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Ohio Tax Amnesty Announced

Speaking of Ohio and taxes, the state Department of Taxation announced a tax amnesty program that was approved by the legislature as part of the FY18 budget debate and signed by Governor John Kasich earlier this fall. The amnesty program will be available to individuals and businesses with unreported and/or under-reported income beginning on January…

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Paid Sick Leave State Laws

On the subject of paid sick leave, as the trend of government mandating employee benefits for private employees continues – and specifically, paid family medical or sick leave – we found this Business Journal article particularly helpful in understanding who does and does not require paid leave as well as which states and or municipalities…

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Salary History Ban Veto Upheld

Not unlike the trend we see relative to paid medical and sick leave across the country, the push for banning questions about a prospective employee’s salary history continues to ripple in different states and cities. Illinois legislators presented just such a ban to Governor Bruce Rauner back in August of this year, which the Governor…

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