Paid Sick Leave Filed in Congress

It’s been percolating in several state houses and city halls around the country and now, Congress is getting into the Mandatory Sick Leave business.  Last week, sick leave legislation was filed in both the US Senate and the House of Representatives.  Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) filed the so-called Healthy Families Act, which would mandate that…

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Paid Sick Leave Spreading Like the Flu

It began back in 2006 when San Francisco mandated paid sick leave for every worker in the city at a rate of 1 hour paid leave earned for every 30 hours worked.  It was followed by Washington, DC and Milwaukee just 2 years later.  (The Milwaukee law was never implemented and after Wisconsin Governor Scott…

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Retail Worker Bill of Rights Takes Effect

An issue about which we advised you about a number of weeks back has come full circle out on the West Coast as the Retail Workers Bill of Rights has been allowed to take effect in the City by the Bay without the Mayor’s signature.  San Francisco Mayor Edward Lee took no action on the…

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And At The State Level

Let’s take a break from federal headaches for the moment and look at some action at the state level. As Governor Chris Christie moves closer to a possible presidential bid, legislators in New Jersey are teeing up an extensive mandatory paid leave bill in Trenton that would require all employers to provide one hour paid…

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Branding Out

When Aziz Hashim’s family left London and moved to California, he found work at his uncle’s Burger King Restaurant and was immediately immersed in the franchise world. The job helped him pay for college. After graduating and landing a position as an electrical engineer, Hashim thought his days spent in the retail franchise business were…

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Municipal Mayhem

There was more municipal government action elsewhere on the west coast this week detrimental to small business interests as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously gave its approval to the so-called Retail Workers Bill of Rights, a package of legislation that will dramatically alter retail employee scheduling rules and other facets of the employer-employee…

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Violations Are Costly

As much as we believe this type of government intrusion into business operations is detrimental to business growth and economic development, you violate them at significant risk.  We noted a story last week of a settlement facilitated by a California Labor Commissioner where the employer agreed to a $4 million settlement with employees for paying…

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Post-California Moving Fair Franchising Forward

It’s easy to see why backers of California’s historic Fair Franchising Bill feel a bit like the 2007 New England Patriots. You may remember that team that went 18-0 before losing the Super Bowl to the New York Giants. The Coalition of Franchisee Associations, which counts as its members franchisee associations from Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway,…

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Municipal Minimum Wages

Aside from statewide initiatives, efforts, mainly in California, to mandate wage increases at the local level passed in most cities where they were considered as well.  Eureka, California was the exception that proves the rule as its voters rejected a measure that would have increased the minimum wage within the Humboldt County City to $12/hour. …

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Who’s Business-Friendly?

Speaking of interesting reports, New York based Development Counsellors International, surveyed 356 executives to determine which cities are most and least “business-friendly”.  Not surprisingly, California and New York retained their positions as the least business-friendly states in the nation from the last time the survey was conducted back in 2011.  On the positive side of…

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