Court Halts San Francisco Soda Warning

San Francisco and Oakland have been pushing to have the tax adopted, but thus far their voters have rejected the idea – so, San Francisco went to a Plan B.  While they work to get the issue back on the ballots and convince the electorate to enact the tax, the “City by the Bay” enacted…

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California Carcinogens

In other news from the west coast, the California Proposition 65 law requires that businesses advise consumers about possible exposure to toxins listed by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA).  Last month, OEHHA added bisphenol A (BPA), which is used in plastics and the protective lining of cans, bottles and jar lids, to…

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California Labor Pushing Predictive Scheduling

The California Labor Federation made it abundantly clear this week that a top priority for the organization in 2016 is winning passage of so-called predictive scheduling.  The scheduling initiative (S878) requires retail and restaurant employers to provide a firm work schedule to all its employees with a one-week advance notice for a three-week work schedule. …

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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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SCOTUS Lets Seattle Minimum Wage Stand

In a major disappointment to the International Franchise Association as well as the broader franchise community, without comment, the US Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that ratified the law.  Joined by a handful of local franchisees, the IFA brought suit claiming the law violated a…

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State and Local Action on Sick Leave

The drumbeat continues as relates activism at the state and local levels regarding mandatory paid sick leave and other issues.  Notably, by a 13-1 vote, the Los Angeles City Council last week moved to double the current state minimum of paid sick leave and require employers in the City of Angels to provide up to…

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Portland Oregon Targets Next Threat to Society

With many states and cities increasing minimum wages to possibly unsustainable levels and others adding mandatory paid sick leave to the costs of trying to run a business, what could be the next big problem that local politicians need to solve to make themselves relevant? Drive-thru windows!  That’s right, the city of Portland, Oregon was…

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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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Still More Targeting Sugary Drinks

The California Assembly is considering the latest sugary drink legislation, AB-2782, a bill that will require distributors to pay $.02 per ounce into a new government fund to fight obesity.  The bill, summarized here and pending in the Assembly Health Committee, was slated this past week for a public hearing which was ultimately postponed.  It…

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Minimum Wage Morality

The debate over minimum wages shows no sign of abating anytime soon as the push for endless increases spreads.  In both New York and California, the minimum wage increases we reported to you last week were signed into law by the respective governors, Andrew Cuomo in New York and Jerry Brown in California.  Incredibly, after…

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