Up & Down on Minimum Wages

The issue of minimum wages was all over the lot this past week with the Supreme Court in Missouri ruling that the state local wage preemption bill doesn’t affect a wage bill in St. Louis, restoring the city’s minimum wage ordinance.  The St. Louis ordinance was passed just hours before the state preemption bill became…

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Florida Franchising Bill Pending

As we have advised over the past few weeks, the Florida Protect Small Business Act, filed by Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Jason Brodeur, has been assigned to the Committee on Regulated Industries. Regretably, the bill has not yet been formally scheduled for a public hearing, and the Florida legislative session begins next Tuesday, March…

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Florida Franchising Bill Up For Hearing

The Florida Protect Small Business Act, filed by Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Jason Brodeur, has been assigned to the Committee on Regulated Industries and will be subject to a public hearing once the legislative session begins in earnest at the beginning of March. Although we do not yet have a specific date and time…

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Employment Battles Continue as More States Preempt

A growing number of states around the nation are exercising control of minimum wages by preempting the establishment of local minimums, paid sick leave and other employment mandates, according to a new report. In “City Rights in an Era of Preemption”, the National League of Cities laments the proliferation of state preemption and alleges that…

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New Hampshire Kills Right-To-Work Effort

It was a good fight, but in the end, the New Hampshire House of Representatives blocked one of new Governor Chris Sununu’s major priorities when it voted down republican-endorsed Right-to-Work legislation by a vote of 200 – 177. The issue will be dead for the entirety of the Governor’s first 2-year term (New Hampshire &…

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Some Dates To Take Note Of

There are a couple of important dates upcoming that might have slipped under the radar and we want to be sure you are aware of them – for small business owners across the country, March 2, 2017 is the last date of the extended deadline for delivery of the 2016 Form 1095-C to your employees;…

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Florida Fair Franchising Update

We will report regularly on the fate of the Protect Florida Small Business Act, filed last week by Florida state senator Jack Latvala and a host of other sponsors.  The bill (SB 750 – An Act Relating Franchises) seeks to restore some sense of balance to the franchisee-franchisor relationship.  Within an hour of the bill…

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Tax it, Label it, Tether it!

In some ways, the state of California began the rush to apply additional punitive taxes to customers who buy “sugary beverages” when Berkeley voters passed a measure to apply a $.01 cent per ounce tax on purchase in 2014. Since that time, no fewer than 4 other communities in the Golden State have enacted it…

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Lowering Wage Minimums?

Inevitably, there is going to be one that cuts against the grain, and on the subject of minimum wages, it appears that Iowa might just be the one!  Republican Governor Terry Bransford has endorsed a small increase in the state minimum wage (currently $7.25), but also qualified his endorsement by adding that its necessary to…

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Florida Fair Franchising Filed

We were delighted this week when Florida state senator Jack Latvala filed SB 750, An Act Relating Franchises, that would go a long way toward restoring some balance to the franchisee-franchisor relationship.  Senator Latvala filed to Protect Florida Small Business Act to level the playing field and address issues such as unjust terminations, restrictions on…

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