California Agrees on $15 Minimum Wage

In a surprise one-sided agreement, California Governor Jerry Brown, legislative leaders and labor unions agreed to increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.  Small businesses are said to be granted an additional year to comply. The agreement resulted from discussions between the legislature, the Governor’s office and a number of labor…

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New York Deal Includes Wage Hike & Paid Sick Leave

Although at press time, there were still few details on the formal budget agreement in New York state, we do know that the final document includes an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour and a new paid sick leave mandate.  Business interests in New York had pushed back vigorously against Governor Cuomo’s…

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NC Law Bans Local Minimums Wages And . . .

This is another one that will ultimately be decided by the courts . . . On the one hand, the North Carolina legislature acted quickly and decisively to safeguard the state’s economy from a patchwork of localized minimum wage mandates and employment dictates.  On the other hand, the fact that they also overturned a Charlotte…

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Philly Mayor Introduces His ‘Sugary Drink Team’

A few weeks back, we advised you about Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s initiative to place a $.03 cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks.  This week, he introduced his pro-soda tax coalition, which he called “Philadelphians for a Fair Future”.  I’m not quite sure if there’s a logical nexus between sugary drinks and “fairness”, but…

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Miscellaneous

As the 2016 Presidential campaign gets deeper into the spring months and closer to the two party conventions this summer, the importance of the decisions voters will make this fall is coming more into focus.  At this juncture, small business owners are losing faith in the choices they’ll potentially see on the ballot come November. …

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