Affordable Care Act Still Becoming Less So

In a refreshing moment of candor and transparency, the Obama administration this week acknowledged that premiums for the so-called Affordable Care Act will increase on average by 25% across the country.  Just last week, recall that the President defended the health care mandate in a Miami speech and argued that the Republican-led Congress was to…

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DOL Prepares for New Overtime Rule

The DOL new overtime rule has been enjoined by a federal court in Texas pending final disposition of 2 distinct legal challenges – one brought by 21 states and the other filed by a number of business (the two cases have since been consolidated in State of Nevada v U.S. Department of Labor).  Notwithstanding that…

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More Minimum Wage Updates

Just a few weeks ago, Illinois’ Cook County adopted a paid sick leave law almost identical to that which is in place in the City of Chicago – one hour leave for every 40 hours worked.  This week, the Cook County Board again followed the lead of the Windy City when they mandated a $13…

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NYC Looks to Expand Paid Sick Leave

As it currently exists, the paid sick leave law in New York City provides that workers may use accrued sick leave if they themselves are sick, or to receive medical care or diagnosis for an injury, illness or condition.  In addition, it may also be taken if the employee is providing care for a family…

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Others Moving Ahead With Paid Sick Leave

Despite a disagreement with Mayor Muriel Bowser on the issue, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is planning to introduce a revised paid family leave plan for a vote in November.  Mendelson and his staff are working on the details of a new plan, including how much paid time employers would be required to provide.  He…

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Cook County, Again

Maybe they’re enjoying the notoriety of adopting more and more progressive laws (paid sick leave law 3 weeks ago and the above-referenced minimum wage), but the Cook County Board is apparently looking for more. Board President Toni Preckwinkle now wants the county to adopt a tax of $.01 per ounce on soda and other sugary…

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Miscellaneous

Chipotle made it through the 3rd quarter, but certainly not without continuing pain from their disastrous past year or so of food safety problems.  In Q3, revenue decreased almost 15% from last year while comp restaurant sales were off by 22%.  Notwithstanding, in their earnings call this week, company executives announced plans for expanding its…

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SBA Webinars Scheduled

Maybe it stems from WikiLeaks dropping a bunch of private emails in this election cycle or maybe it’s just coincidence, but either way, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is getting active in trying to educate small businesses about technology issues.  Actually, the SBA has a number of webinars scheduled for next Thursday, October 27 that…

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Minimum Wages Struck Down by Kentucky Court

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has ruled local minimum wages invalid in the cities of Louisville and Lexington.  In a 6-1 decision, the state’s highest court ruled that the two communities lacked the legal authority to establish specific minimum on private employers.  The case was initiated in 2014 after Louisville became the first community in…

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They’re Baaaaaaaack

One of the complaints about Styrofoam is that it doesn’t break down quickly enough from an environmental standpoint, and the same could be said about efforts to ban its use across the country.  We haven’t had to talk much about municipal bans on single-use polystyrene containers over the past few months, but don’t think the…

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