New Jersey Adopts SALT Workaround

In the context of tax reform and last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the state of New Jersey this week adopted regulations that would allow its taxpayers to skirt the new federal limit of $10,000 on state and local tax deductions. Under the New Jersey scheme, local governments across the state would be allowed…

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Sexual Harassment Update

With the nauseating spectacle of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings dominating the news this week, it seems like a perfect segue to remind those members and subscribers with interests in New York that the Empire State’s new mandated anti-sexual harassment training requirement becomes effective on October 9, 2018. By that date, employers within the state must…

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More Involvement Required on Accommodations

Staying in New York for the moment, New York City’s expansion of the reasonable accommodation requirement takes effect the following week on October 15, 2018. More specifically, a January amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) requires that employers with four or more employees engage in a detailed “cooperative dialogue” with any…

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Another October Trigger Date

We would also remind business interests in Massachusetts, that the new Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act goes into effect on October 1st. The new law, which was signed into law earlier this summer, restricts the use of non-compete clauses in employment agreements by banning their use outright for employees considered nonexempt under the FLSA, including hourly…

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Plastic Straws Restricted in California

Taking restrictions to a whole new level, California Governor Jerry Brown last week signed 2 bills into law that place additional restrictions on the restaurant industry in a couple of different areas. The first restricts the distribution of plastic straws while the second targets sugary drinks by mandating that only milk or sparkling, still or…

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CFA Inaugural Legal Symposium

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) inaugural legal symposium will be held in one month on Wednesday, October 24 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (with rooms available in the CFA block at a discounted $179 per night) in Chicago . Franchisees already confirmed from more than a dozen other national brands will hear from…

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Dunkin’ Doings

The bulk of the news on Dunkin’ this week focused on the name change dropping donuts that was announced in Las Vegas. There are other items to note however. First off, we want to congratulate Dunkin’ franchisee (and current CFA Chairman) John Motta on his reelection last week as the President of the USA Adult…

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Miscellaneous

We noted that Starbucks announced this week that it was making a number of staffing reductions to its corporate staff beginning next week. Company CEO Kevin Johnson announced the layoffs, but did not specify exact numbers. The layoffs come just a few months after the company announced that it would be closing as many as…

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EEOC Sets New EEO-1 Filing Date

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has set the new filing deadline for the 2018 EEO-1 Report as March 31, 2019. Previously, the annual deadline was September 30 of the following fiscal year (for example, September 30, 2017 for the 2017 reports), but the commission wanted to loosen some of the requirements imposed by the…

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Minnesota Minimum Wage Machinations

The St. Paul, Minnesota City Council has reviewed a number of different proposals from advocates to create a new $15 per hour minimum wage within the city limits. Of the three different proposals the city council has reviewed, the body appears to favor a staggered phase-in over a five to seven year period. Last week,…

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