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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State and Local Action on Sick Leave

The drumbeat continues as relates activism at the state and local levels regarding mandatory paid sick leave and other issues.  Notably, by a 13-1 vote, the Los Angeles City Council last week moved to double the current state minimum of paid sick leave and require employers in the City of Angels to provide up to…

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Still More Targeting Sugary Drinks

The California Assembly is considering the latest sugary drink legislation, AB-2782, a bill that will require distributors to pay $.02 per ounce into a new government fund to fight obesity.  The bill, summarized here and pending in the Assembly Health Committee, was slated this past week for a public hearing which was ultimately postponed.  It…

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Minimum Wage Morality

The debate over minimum wages shows no sign of abating anytime soon as the push for endless increases spreads.  In both New York and California, the minimum wage increases we reported to you last week were signed into law by the respective governors, Andrew Cuomo in New York and Jerry Brown in California.  Incredibly, after…

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More Minimum Wage and Sick Leave

The state of Idaho became the latest to prohibit the imposition of local minimum wages a bill prohibiting political subdivisions from setting minimum wages above the state minimum become law without the signature of Governor Butch Otter.  The Governor’s staff explained that he didn’t sign or veto the legislation because he was “conflicted” about whether…

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SCOTUS Split Gives Unions Victory

With the untimely passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia 6 weeks ago, court watchers immediately began speculating how his absence (and his unfilled seat) would impact a host of important cases pending before the court.  We got our first taste this week as the court announced a 4 – 4 split decision in Friedrichs…

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