Gender Identity, East and West

New laws relating how an individual self-identifies from a gender perspective are now in place and worth noting on both the west and east coasts.  In California, under a new law signed two weeks ago by California Governor Jerry Brown, businesses that have single-user bathrooms must make those facilities gender-neutral.  Those “single-user facilities” are defined…

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Independent Joe #39 Sept/Oct

Tucked into the Connecticut woods, Foxwoods is the largest resort casino in the country. In short, there really is something for everyone. “The great thing about coming to Foxwoods is that you can bring your family and extend your stay,” says Guido Petrosinelli, a longtime franchisee from Rhode Island, and a member of the 2105…

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Breaking into the Bay Area

Progressive, friendly and laid back are some of the ways people describe the “San Francisco attitude.” But, laid back is not how the Bay Area has greeted the return of Dunkin’ Donuts after a 16 year absence. At one time, Dunkin’ Donuts had 15 stores scattered across California, but closed them all by 2000. The…

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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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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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Paid Sick Leave Germ Spreading in California

Maybe it’s the sunshine, or the “healthy living”, but mandated sick leave is spreading to more communities in the Golden State as next month three major municipalities will foist the mandated benefit onto private employers beginning July 1.  The state of California began mandating paid sick leave one year ago – after meeting a 30…

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Court Halts San Francisco Soda Warning

San Francisco and Oakland have been pushing to have the tax adopted, but thus far their voters have rejected the idea – so, San Francisco went to a Plan B.  While they work to get the issue back on the ballots and convince the electorate to enact the tax, the “City by the Bay” enacted…

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California Carcinogens

In other news from the west coast, the California Proposition 65 law requires that businesses advise consumers about possible exposure to toxins listed by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA).  Last month, OEHHA added bisphenol A (BPA), which is used in plastics and the protective lining of cans, bottles and jar lids, to…

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California Labor Pushing Predictive Scheduling

The California Labor Federation made it abundantly clear this week that a top priority for the organization in 2016 is winning passage of so-called predictive scheduling.  The scheduling initiative (S878) requires retail and restaurant employers to provide a firm work schedule to all its employees with a one-week advance notice for a three-week work schedule. …

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Miscellaneous

The latest issue of Chief Executive magazine surveyed over 500 CEOs across the country to determine which states were considered most business-friendly from a tax and regulatory perspective and which were the least favored by the business community.  The top four states (Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee) favorably perceived held the same position as…

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