Sugary Drink Phobia Spreads

First it was Michael Bloomberg and his fixation with banning retail stores from selling oversized sugary drinks in a single cup (customers would have been allowed to buy multiple small drinks, but apparently that’s another matter); then (where else?) the City of Berkeley, California became the first in the nation to assess an additional tax…

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NYC Taxes Shopping Bags, Senate Says No

Just three weeks ago, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill assessing a $.05 fee on all shopping bags, whether paper or plastic, an ordinance that the new York Council passed early in May.  The ordinance, which interestingly exempts, among others, bags at state-regulated liquor stores as well as individuals buying groceries…

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New York City Expands Pregnancy Accommodations

Speaking of ADA and accommodations necessary to avoid discrimination, the law may have passed three years ago, but the New York City Human Rights Commission just recently issued an enforcement guidance on the New York City Pregnancy Workplace Fairness Act that provides the criteria to be considered in the context of trying to make a…

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de Blasio To Push Mandatory Retirement Savings Next

With sodium warning labels now safely in place, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio took another page out of the “big government playbook” when he led a rally last week at which he announced a plan to mandate retirement savings for all employees of private companies with 10 or more workers where there is not…

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New York City Sodium Warning Takes Effect

New York City this week became the first government in the nation to require sodium warning notices on menu items that exceed the recommended daily limit of 2300 mg of salt.  The requirement, which was adopted by the city Health Board back in September, officially became effective this past Tuesday, December 1, although the fines…

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Labor Commissioner Approves New York Minimum Wage

In what surprises absolutely no-one, New York state Labor Commissioner Mario Musolino approved the recommendation of the Fast Food Wage Board appointed earlier this year by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Not even trying to make it look on the level, Governor Cuomo in an appearance with Vice President Joe Biden, announced that Commissioner Musolino had signed…

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Sodium Next New York City Target

The New York City Board of Health has approved a proposal that will require labeling of certain foods on restaurant menus where the sodium content exceeds the recommended daily limit of salt (about a teaspoon).  In another prime example of ‘nanny state run amok’, Board members said that even though many restaurant companies post sodium…

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New York City Sugary Drink Ban Coming Back?

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be long gone from Gracie Mansion, but some of his wacky policies just won’t go away.  Recall that the former mayor passed a ban on the sale of sugary drinks of 16 ounces or more at certain, but not all, establishments back in 2012.  The ordinance was challenged in the…

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