Ohio Bill Seeks To Ease Employment Discrimination Law

The Ohio legislature is considering a proposal that would clean up and simplify Ohio employment discrimination law.  If passed and signed into law by Governor (and presidential candidate) John Kasich, Senate 268 would reduce the timeframe within which employment discrimination claims would need to be filed from the current 6 year period to one year,…

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States Look to Restrict Joint-Employer

One approach to clarifying the issue and clearing up any confusion it may have caused is legislation at the individual state level that unmistakably defines who is and is not a joint employer.  As we’ve advised in past issues, 3 states (Tennessee, Louisiana & Texas) had passed into law clarifying legislation that effectively exempts franchising…

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Competitor News

Tim Horton’s plan for growing more quickly in the US would seem to be centered in central Ohio as the Canadian coffee and donuts chain last week announced a second development agreement for new stores over the next six years.  Reports do not specify the number of stores to be developed, only that “aggressive development…

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Tackling “Joint Employer” in the New Year

As the individual state legislatures begin new sessions, efforts to address the new NLRB definition of a joint employer at the state level are front and center in Wisconsin, Michigan and Virginia.  Senate Bill 422 in Wisconsin prohibits a franchisor being considered a joint employer with the franchisee unless the former agrees to the role…

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Miscellaneous

Last week, the US Census Bureau issued its annual report on population estimates and trends from July, 2014 to July 2015.  According to the report, the US population increased by 0.79 percent to 321.4 million people (that’s a lot of coffee!). North Dakota (+2.3%) was the fastest-growing state for the fourth consecutive year, while the…

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And Then, There’s The Heartland

The minimum wage issue surfaced in both Ohio and Idaho this past week, but in far less extremes than on either coast.  Voters in the small resort town of McCall, Idaho rejected a ballot question increasing the minimum wage to $10.25 an hour.  Although a small town, the McCall vote was perceived as an important…

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Court Tosses St. Louis Minimum Wage Increase

A circuit court judge in Missouri has overturned the St. Louis ordinance increasing the minimum wage within the city to $8.25/hour.  The ordinance was scheduled to take effect yesterday, with additional increases to $9 on January 1, 2016, $10 in 2017 and finally to $11 at the beginning of 2018.  There was considerable debate for…

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Missouri Pre-empts Local Minimum Wages

We’re happy to advise that the Missouri legislature overrode (by only a single vote in the senate) a veto by Governor Jay Nixon of a bill that prohibits local communities from establishing their own minimum wage in excess of the state minimum of $7.65 an hour.  You will recall that earlier this summer, the state’s…

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Minimum Wage News Around the Country

The issue of minimum wage increases continues to generate much by way of news and headlines around the country.  In Seattle, the International Franchise Association (IFA) was back in court this past week formally appealing an earlier decision by a lower court that denied their motion for an injunction against the Seattle minimum wage law. …

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St. Louis Alderman Boost Minimum Wage

Minimum wage increases continue to ripple across the country with the St. Louis Board of Alderman being the latest to propose a local minimum.  The Board returned this week to debate a substitute proposal (the original called for $15/hour but couldn’t get enough support) that would hike the wage to $13/hour by 2020.  Although it…

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