Ohio AG Rules Against Local Wage Minimums

In a ruling issued a week ago, Ohio Attorney General Michael DeWine has issued an opinion invalidating any locally mandated minimum wages in the Buckeye State.  Ostensibly, the question arose as a result of the ongoing effort in Cleveland to establish its own minimum wage beyond the state minimum of $8.10 per hour.  That rate…

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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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Minnesota Tip Pooling Ruling Expands Employee Rights

A decision by the Minnesota Court of Appeals is causing some concern in certain circles over the expansion of employee rights the decision seems to grant.  In Burt v Rackner, Inc. d/b/a Bunny’s Bar & Grill, the court ruled that an employee who refused an employer’s directive (which violated the tip pooling law in this…

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Wisconsin is Right-To-Work State, Again, For Now

In March of 2015, Governor Scott Walker signed the Wisconsin Right-to-Work bill into law, making the Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state in the nation.  The law was challenged by organized labor and struck down last month by Dane County Circuit Judge William Faust, who also declined to stay his ruling pending appeal.  Notwithstanding his refusal…

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Miscellaneous

The latest issue of Chief Executive magazine surveyed over 500 CEOs across the country to determine which states were considered most business-friendly from a tax and regulatory perspective and which were the least favored by the business community.  The top four states (Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee) favorably perceived held the same position as…

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Competitor News

The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected the argument of Krispy Kreme that sales in the Show Me state should be taxed at the 1% rate that applies to grocery stores rather than the 4% tax assessed on sales at restaurants.  In pressing its case, the North Carolina-based chain put out a detailed study on bakery/doughnut…

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Keeping Up On Joint-Employer

While minimum wage and paid sick leave battles steal much of the anti-business limelight of late, we can’t lose sight of the importance of the ongoing efforts to effectively negate the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recasting traditional employer definitions.  As the McDonald’s v NLRB joint-employer case continues in a Manhattan courtroom, there’s been plenty…

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Wisconsin Court Strikes Down Right to Work

In a ruling last week that caught many by surprise, a state court judge ruled the Wisconsin right-to-work law violated the state constitution.  Dane County Court Judge William Foust agreed with the organized labor plaintiffs that the right to work law was an illegal taking of union funds by the government without compensation.  Not surprisingly,…

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Ohio Reps File $2 Minimum Wage Hike

With Ohio Governor John Kasich’s presidential campaign still alive after he won the Buckeye State republican primary this week, could Ohio legislators be looking at slipping a minimum wage increase through while he’s not looking?  Columbus Representative Hearcel Craig along with Representative Kent Smith of Euclid filed a bill last week that would increase the…

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