National Biz Groups File Alternative To DC Paid Leave

Concerned about the economic impact that passage of the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2016 (currently pending in the DC Council) would have, a number of national business groups headquartered in the nation’s capital have submitted an alternative to the DC Council for their consideration.  The Employer Mandate plan put forth by the business coalition…

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What’s Brewing: Wage Hikes, Sodium Police, Sick Leave,

It’s been one long, hot summer for Dunkin’ franchise owners and others in the quick service business, and we are not just talking about the temperature. A tight labor market has combined with a wave of minimum wage hikes across the country to ramp up the pressure on franchisees across the country. And in a…

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St. Paul Follows Suit, Mandates Paid Sick Leave

Following an array of cities on both coasts as well as its “Twin City” Minneapolis, St. Paul Minnesota joined the ranks of those local governments now mandating paid sick leave for employees of private companies.  The St. Paul city council, which had been deliberating the legislation over the course of several months, finally enacted the…

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Governor Christie Vetoes Minimum Wage Hike

As expected, earlier this month, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made good on his promise to veto legislation increasing the state minimum wage to $15 per hour. The bill would have allowed the minimum wage, currently $8.25 an hour, to increase to $10.10 on January 1 and then by $1.25 for each of the subsequent…

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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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ACA Losing Insurers

It was just doom and gloom predictions from the naysayers back in 2010 when the ObamaCare mandate was jammed down the collective throat of the American public, but now it seems those naysayers are being vindicated.  When the health care mandate was first put in place, many cautioned that insurance companies “encouraged” to sell on…

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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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Minneapolis Blocks Wage Bill from Ballot

Last Friday, by a 10-2 vote, the Minneapolis City Council killed a minimum wage charter amendment that advocates planned to see on the November ballot.  The council majority agreed with the legal analysis of City Attorney Susan Segal that the measure did not meet legal requirements and that minimum wage mandates must be implemented by…

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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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