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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More Precedent from Seattle

From the city that first hallucinated wisdom in a $15/hour minimum wage comes a new effort to help union recruitment as the City of Seattle City Council unanimously approved an ordinance extending collective bargaining rights to drivers from taxi and app-based transportation companies.  According to the National Labor Relations Act, certain independent contractors do not…

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California Fair Franchise Celebration

We remind you that the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) along with other supporters will celebrate the signing of the California Franchise Relations Act with a reception in Sacramento on January 6.  The event will be held at Cafeteria 15L from 5:30 – 7 PM.  If you would like to attend, contact Misty Chally, Coalition…

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California Fair Franchise Celebration

Should any franchise owners be in California just after the New Year, you may want to consider joining the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) in Sacramento on January 6 to celebrate the signing of the Franchise Relations Act.  We will celebrate this accomplishment at Cafeteria 15L from 5:30 – 7 PM with some of the…

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Minimum Wage Issues Still Percolating

Minimum wage initiatives, another issue that was initially surfaced by President Obama, continue to make headlines in states and cities across the country.  Just this past week, the Urban County Council for Lexington, Kentucky voted to raise the minimum wage in the city from the current federal floor of $7.25/hour to a minimum of $10.10,…

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Tax Foundation Releases State Tax Report

In a perfect follow-up to the above story on the Governor’s take on New York businesses, the Tax Foundation released the 2016 State Business Tax Index this week, with New York coming in 2nd last in the country!  The index, which is released annually, measures how well states structure their tax systems as relates the…

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Employers Prevail in Medical Marijuana Case

Recently, the Colorado Supreme Court unanimously held that employers are still allowed to prohibit employee marijuana use and terminate employees who test positive for cannabis despite state law permitting its recreational and medicinal use. In Coats v Dish Network, the Court issued an employer-friendly opinion that could have wide-ranging implications for employers around the country.…

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East Coast Elections 2015

State and local elections were replete with minimum wage ballot issues in a host of venues across the country this week.  We can report on some good results, some not so good, and some activities to be highlighted in the future.  On the positive side of the ledger, the voters in Portland Maine rejected a…

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Further South

The City Council in Mountain View California, located on the San Francisco peninsula, approved an increase in their minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018.  The new law phases in the increase from the current $10.30 to $11 in January.  The minimum then jumps an additional $2 per hour in each of the subsequent…

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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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