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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Right To Work Continues To Grow

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has reported that he spoke with Vice President Pence about the possibility of passing of passing a national right to work law. Walker’s comments come in the wake of the filing last week of a national right to work bill by Congressmen Steve King (R-IA) and Joe Wilson (R-SC). As we…

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Rethinking Sick Leave Ramifications

Hard to believe, but some states that have seen sick leave laws passed dictating that employers (those who actually create jobs!) provide additional benefits to employees are now taking a 2nd look at the question. Specifically, the Pennsylvania state senate is considering legislation that would preempt the city of Philadelphia from continuing to enforce its…

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Minimum Wages Staying in the Forefront

It seems that the debate over increases to minimum wages around the country has been in the news now for longer than one can imagine, and that may very well be the case! The question of the minimum wage was first raised most recently by President Obama in his 2013 state of the union address…

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