Minneapolis Blocks Wage Bill from Ballot

Last Friday, by a 10-2 vote, the Minneapolis City Council killed a minimum wage charter amendment that advocates planned to see on the November ballot.  The council majority agreed with the legal analysis of City Attorney Susan Segal that the measure did not meet legal requirements and that minimum wage mandates must be implemented by…

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Colorado Rocky Mountain High

The late John Denver only sang of a metaphorical “Rocky Mountain High” – post-legalized recreational marijuana, it seems far more tangible today! A ballot initiative in Boulder Colorado that would impose a tax of $.02 per ounce on sugary drinks sold within the city is being challenged by residents.  The city council approved placing the…

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DeBlasio Labor Peace Dictate In Effect

Although at first blush, it seems to go just toward city-assisted developers, but the depth and breadth of the Labor Peace Executive Order issued by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s could be far more reaching.  The order, which was signed a couple of weeks ago and took effect immediately, requires that certain developers – limited…

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This Will Show Governor in ‘Show-Me’ State

Missouri has long enjoyed it’s slogan as the Show-me state, but  the Director of the Missouri Public Defender System brought it to a whole new level last week when he dished out the pro bono cases backing up in his office.  Director Michael Barrett sent this letter to Governor Jay Nixon, a former four-time state…

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DDIFO Hall of Fame Nominations

The 2016 DDIFO Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Awards Gala will be held on October 25 in conjunction with the DDIFO National Conference at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut – and the deadline for submitting nominations is in less than 2 weeks.  DDIFO members are encouraged to visit the Hall of Fame…

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Miscellaneous

It may have begun way back in 2011, but perseverance paid off to the tune of $550,000 for a former Chipotle employee in one of the chain’s Washington DC restaurants.  The former employee, Doris Garcia Hernandez, convinced a jury in the US District Court for the District of Columbia that her employment was indeed terminated…

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Obama Signs GMO Labeling Law

The battle, at long last, is effectively over now as President Obama signed federal GMO labeling legislation into law one week ago today.  The law, which has been working its way through Congress for the past few years, requires food manufacturers to notify consumers of the presence of GMOs in packaged foods by one of…

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Lawsuits vs ACA Mandate Growing

Two new lawsuits were filed this week by insurance companies over a specific provision of the Obamacare health insurance mandate.  The targeted provision, known as the “risk adjustment program”, requires health insurers whose members are healthier (and therefore less expensive to insure), to pay monies to their competitors whose members are not as healthy and…

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Baltimore Minimum Wage Vote Set for Next Month

The Baltimore City Council is set to decide next month whether it will mandate a city minimum wage of $15 per hour.  Last week, the City Council’s Labor Committee unanimously voted to send the bill to the full council for a vote.  Council President “Jack” Young is staunchly opposed to a $15 minimum as a…

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Mass Governor Signs Pay Equity Law

As was expected, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed S.2119, An Act to Establish Pay Equity in the Commonwealth into law last week.  The law updates existing equal pay laws and clarifies that companies must pay men and women the same when they do ‘comparable’ work rather just when they have the same job title, so…

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