Tax Burdens

It is a few years behind real-time, but always interesting to read when the US Tax Foundation annually releases its report on the State – Local Tax Burdens.  This week, the Washington DC based Think Tank released its report on FY 2012.  New York continued to maintain a death-grip on the highest tax burden in…

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House Blocks GMO Labeling by States –

The US House last week passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.1599) preempting states from requiring the mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  House passage comes as more states are entertaining the mandatory labelling of GMOs.  A major concern with state mandates is the impossible task that food manufacturers would…

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Connecticut Joint-Employer Expansion Dies with Session

When the Connecticut legislative session ended on June 3, so too did chances for legislation that would have expanded the joint-employer definition (with penalties) to new, dizzying heights!  Identical bills (House bill 6791and S1044 in the Senate) in both branches would have required a franchisor to pay the state a penalty of $1/hour for every…

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Connecticut Tightens Controls on Employers

Our friends at the Bennett Law Firm in Portland and Boston (and also our speakers at yesterday’s Maine District Meeting) reminded us that a few weeks back, Connecticut implemented a new law further restricting employers as relates social media.  Governor Daniel Malloy signed a law that prohibits an employer from requesting that an applicant or…

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Connecticut Advances “Employer Punishment Bill”

The admonition of Benjamin Franklin came to mind as the Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee this week gave initial approval to HB 6791, an act that will require employers with 500 or more employees to pay a fine of $1/hour for each employee that is not paid at least $15/hour.  On a…

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Connecticut Wants To Fine Wages Under $15

Connecticut last year became the first state to adopt a statewide minimum wage of $10.10 per hour, but as you might expect, that wage is no longer sufficient for some in the Nutmeg State.  Organized labor leaders were advocating legislation this week in Connecticut that will not only increase that minimum to $15/hour, but will…

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GMO Labeling Refiled in Congress

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) have filed legislation again that would require the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The identical bills were filed respectively in the Senate (S.511) and the US House (HR. 913).  The Senate filing had 13 additional co-sponsors (all democratic Senators), while the House bill…

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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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GMO Labeling Is On Tap in Minnesota

It’s on the books in Vermont (but the subject of pending litigation) and Connecticut and Maine have authorized it if neighboring states require it, but now the state of Minnesota has positioned itself as the first state outside New England to consider legislation mandating the labeling of all food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The…

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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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