Minimum Wage Heading to Ballots

Often going hand-in-hand with paid sick leave, the push for increased minimum wages across the country continues unabated.  San Diego City Councilors voted last week to put an incremental minimum wage increase, including a mandated 5 days annual sick leave for all employees, on the ballot for the June 7 presidential primary election.  The increase…

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New Mexico Upholds Employee Firing for Marijuana

As more states authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, the body of law establishing parameters to govern its use becomes more important and far-reaching.  In a recent decision, the termination of an employee in New Mexico who legally used marijuana for a medical condition was upheld by the court.  Notwithstanding that the employee…

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IFA Appeals Seattle Discrimination to SCOTUS

The International Franchise Association (IFA), which filed suit in 2014 against the City of Seattle after it passed a $15 minimum wage law that discriminates against the franchise business model, has appealed the dismissal of the case, subsequently upheld by the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, to the Supreme Court of the United States…

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Airports and Minimum Wages

Speaking of Seattle and minimum wage, you will recall that the city of Sea-Tac in Washington state, encompassing the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, was the first in the nation to adopt a $15 minimum.  Not to be outdone, two Massachusetts legislators think airport workers need special protection and have filed bills (SD 2307 / H 3923)…

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States, Cities Still Looking to Raise Minimums

Notwithstanding the lesson from the impending Wal-Mart closings (and what might have caused them), state and local officials continue to look to mandate low-income workers into prosperity by increasing the minimum wage.  Advocates in the state of Maine have succeeded in securing the required number of signatures to place a question on the November ballot…

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Independent Joe #35 December/ January

After enduring weeks of holiday messages and late-night comedians’ jokes about New Year’s resolutions, now is the time people decide just what they will accomplish in 2016. Jokes about losing weight, getting in shape or giving up bad habits can yield some laughs, but they often don’t result in action. Still, it’s important to look…

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California Fair Franchise Celebration

This week the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) will gather in Sacramento for its quarterly Board meeting and to celebrate the signing of the California Franchise Relations Act with a reception on the evening of January 6.  If you would like to attend, contact Misty Chally, Coalition of Franchisee Associations, at 202-416-0270.  We also remind…

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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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