Seattle Mayor Resigns, Millionaire Tax Challenged

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who dropped his campaign for reelection back in May, resigned this week as Mayor in the face of the fifth person (this one his younger cousin) coming forward to accuse him of child sexual abuse. Murray officially vacated the office effective at 5PM on Wednesday and City Council President Bruce Harrell…

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Scheduling Law Takes Hold in Oregon

Oregon became the first state in the nation to impose scheduling mandates and penalties on private retail, hospitality and food services employers when democratic Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 828 into law this week. The “Fair Workweek” law mandates that employers with more than 500 employees provide a “good faith estimate” of hours and…

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Scheduling Mandates Spreading

The latest fad being foisted upon small business retailers and fast food employers – predictive scheduling – continues to spread to new areas around the country. The state of Oregon is now seriously entertaining enacting a law that would dictate how and when small businesses could schedule their employees to work. The Oregon Senate last…

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Different Views of Soda Taxes, Predictive Scheduling

Despite the fact that revenues from the Philadelphia soda tax appear to have been overpromised and are now under-delivering, and the roll-out of the new soda tax in Cook County, Illinois was an unmitigated disaster, the idea continues to grow in popularity. This week, Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Revenue took testimony on a new…

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New York Mayor Signs “Fair Workweek” Package

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a legislative package this week that gives extraordinary rights to workers of fast food establishments within the Big Apple. The package contains several bills that foist new requirements on fast food employers including scheduling workers at least two weeks in advance or be penalized by having to…

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New Mexico Minimum Wage Vetoed; Valid in St. Louis

New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez made good on a promise earlier this month when she vetoed two different minimum wage bills passed by the New Mexico legislature. The first, HB 442, provided for an increase in the current $7.50 per hour minimum to $9.25 an hour and would have also prohibited local governments from passing…

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NYC Council Hears “Fair Workweek” Legislation

Last week, the New York City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor held a public hearing on a package of bills geared toward restricting the flexibility that employers have in dealing with their own employees. The council is entertaining a “Fair Workweek” package of 6 bills, which include a ban on “clopenings” (an employee…

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Will Predictive Schedule Mandates Work? Have you Flown Lately?

Predictive scheduling mandates require employers to have perfect advance knowledge and employees to act perfectly. It seeks to legislate an impossible result, every minute, every hour, every day.  No business can perfectly predict how many customers will come in the door or what they will order.  It is very difficult to predict needed staffing and…

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What’s Brewing: Minimum Wage, Fair Scheduling, Sick Leave, New Mandates

Election Day may have come and gone, but don’t expect big changes soon, especially when it comes to the bottom-line issues that matter most to franchise owners. While the national election is crucial for determining our country’s overall direction, pocketbook issues like the big three of minimum wage hikes, sick leave benefits, and scheduling mandates…

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de Blasio Pushes Scheduling, DC Council Tables It

We could say it is a tale of two cities, but we won’t.  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing hard in the Big Apple to mandate so-called secured scheduling, almost identical to the edict recently enacted in Seattle.  But, de Blasio is specifically looking to target the fast food industry with his mandate. …

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