Breaking into the Bay Area

Progressive, friendly and laid back are some of the ways people describe the “San Francisco attitude.” But, laid back is not how the Bay Area has greeted the return of Dunkin’ Donuts after a 16 year absence. At one time, Dunkin’ Donuts had 15 stores scattered across California, but closed them all by 2000. The…

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Seattle Adopts Secured Scheduling

Apparently hell-bent to put small businesses out of business, the Seattle City Council, with the encouragement of Mayor Ed Murray, unanimously adopted a secured scheduling ordinance earlier this week that will become effective on July 1, 2017.  The ordinance requires that workers get a minimum two-week advance notice of their work schedules and further provides…

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Restaurants Drop Surcharge

Last week, we advised you of a class action lawsuit pending in California where a number of restaurants had implemented a 3% surcharge to cover increased cost associated with Obamacare.  This week, we note a story in Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN) where West Coast based Restaurants Unlimited has eliminated a 2 month old surcharge they…

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Appeals Court Allows LA Hotel Worker Minimum to Stand

A three judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed a lower court ruling to stand, rejecting a challenge brought against the Los Angeles Fair Wage Ordinance.  The 2014 fair-wage law required hotels with more than 150 hotel rooms to pay their workers a minimum of $15.37 per hour and was challenged…

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Court Clears Suit vs. Restaurants’ ACA Surcharge

There was more bad news regarding the ACA this week out of California as a Los Angeles court allowed a price-fixing case to proceed against a number of restaurants.  The businesses decided back in 2014 to impose a 3% surcharge on meal prices to cover their increased costs under ObamaCare.  Last September, a class action…

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Seattle Unveils Secured Scheduling Details

It isn’t law yet, but it is getting closer.  Two Seattle City Councilors along with the Mayor’s Office early this week presented the painful details of the so-called “secured scheduling ordinance” they are pushing.  If passed into law, the proposal will require that employers give workers 14 days advance notice of their work schedule and…

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Colorado Rocky Mountain High

The late John Denver only sang of a metaphorical “Rocky Mountain High” – post-legalized recreational marijuana, it seems far more tangible today! A ballot initiative in Boulder Colorado that would impose a tax of $.02 per ounce on sugary drinks sold within the city is being challenged by residents.  The city council approved placing the…

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Lawsuits vs ACA Mandate Growing

Two new lawsuits were filed this week by insurance companies over a specific provision of the Obamacare health insurance mandate.  The targeted provision, known as the “risk adjustment program”, requires health insurers whose members are healthier (and therefore less expensive to insure), to pay monies to their competitors whose members are not as healthy and…

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Colorado & Washington Voters To Decide Wages

It is now official, voters in two more states will be asked this fall whether their minimum wages should be increased.  This past Monday, advocates in Colorado submitted over 200,000 signatures, more than double the required 98,492, to place the question of mandating an increase in the state minimum wage on the November ballot.  The…

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July 1 Brings New Laws

There are two dates every year when we have to be especially conscious of changes in government laws and/or regulations – one is January 1 and the other is today, July 1, the start of many government fiscal years.  With so much new regulation being piled on to the business community, we thought it might…

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