Other Minimum Wage Issues

Elsewhere, we note that minimum wage in Minnesota will increase effective August 1 for both small and larger employers.  Minnesota provides for two different minimums based on the size of the employer business.  Large employers (at least $500,000 gross annual revenues) will be required to pay $9.50 per hour beginning next month, while small employers…

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Minnesota Tip Pooling Ruling Expands Employee Rights

A decision by the Minnesota Court of Appeals is causing some concern in certain circles over the expansion of employee rights the decision seems to grant.  In Burt v Rackner, Inc. d/b/a Bunny’s Bar & Grill, the court ruled that an employee who refused an employer’s directive (which violated the tip pooling law in this…

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Federal Franchise Bills Filed

US Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) filed two important bills this week aimed at protecting franchisees.  The Fair Franchise Act of 2015 (H.3196) would prevent misleading or false information in the franchise agreement, prohibit mandatory arbitration provisions and would provide franchisees with the right to discuss their experiences with the franchisor and to join an independent…

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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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Milwaukee Sends Minimum Wage Question To The Ballot

Increases to state minimum wages (and creation of municipal minimums) continues to dominate much of the local political discussion in certain progressive pockets around the country.  And now, here come initiatives from a county government about the issue as well.  Despite the urging of Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele that the money for the referendum…

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Minimum Wage is Alive and Well In States & Cities

Notwithstanding the swift death the proposed minimum wage increase suffered at the federal level, it is a completely different animal when proposed in state legislatures and city halls across the country. We reported to you last week that a bill would be filed in Albany proposing to increase the Empire State minimum wage to $15/hour…

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Tax Policies and Economic Outlook: How does your state rate?

Why does Utah rank on top in U.S. economic outlook, while Vermont is on the bottom? When you examine the tax policies of the United States, you can draw certain conclusions about how taxes and regulations impact small business owners. According to a recent study from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a pro-business partnership…

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Attorney Makes Strong Case For Fair Franchising Laws

Attorney Ron Gardner, partner in the Minnesota based law firm of Dady & Gardner P.A. and a recognized expert in franchise law, makes a solid case for adoption of fair franchising laws across the country in a piece posted on the AAFD website.  Attorney Gardner is the counsel of record for the amicus curiae brief…

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