Miscellaneous

Last week saw new unemployment claims set a new record with 3.3 million claims in one week. Well, that record didn’t last long as the Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday reported that new claims for unemployment benefits reached over 6.6 million – more than double last week’s record! To put those numbers in perspective, the…

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State Loan Programs

Aside from the loan and other financial components contained in the pending federal CARES Act, a number of states and cities are also looking to create and fund business loan programs to help get the economy back on track. Toward that end, 10 days ago the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program was launched…

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Municipal Loan Recovery Programs

In addition to CARES Act funds and state loan programs, a number of municipalities around the country have also launched recovery loan fund programs of some sort. The City of Chicago topped the nation in funding when Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the creation of the $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Loan Fund recently. The…

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NJ Senate Passes Plastic Bag Ban

Resurrecting an issue that has popped up around the country over the past few years, the state senate last week passed legislation that would outlaw single use plastic bags as well as paper bags in New Jersey.  The legislation, SB 865, which requires a warning for first offenses, but then provides for a fine of…

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San Francisco Approves Vacancy Tax

Voters in San Francisco last week approved Proposition D, a ballot question that will punish commercial property owners with an additional tax for property left vacant for more than 6 months. The new tax measure, which required a two-thirds vote to be enacted was supported by over 69% of the voters in the City by…

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Maine Latest to Consider Overtime Adjustment

Maine lawmakers held a work session yesterday on a bill that would dramatically increase the overtime threshold in the state. LD 402 would guarantee overtime pay for all Maine workers earning less than $55,000 per year, a significant increase over the current threshold of $36,000 per year. The bill, currently pending in the Committee on…

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SCOTUS Expands I-9

In a 5-4 decision along ideological lines this week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) expanded the potential use I-9 information for the potential prosecution of state crimes as well. The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), which created the I-9 form, states that the information “may not be used for purposes…

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Vermont Overrides Minimum Wage Veto

Last week, the Vermont state legislature formally overrode a veto by Governor Phil Scott of legislation mandating another increase in the state minimum wage to over $12 per hour by 2022. The legislation, which is now law, provides for increasing the minimum wage from $10.96 to $11.75 next year and then to $12.55 by 2022.…

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California Looks To Update Franchise Law

Back in 2015, California unanimously adopted the Franchise Relations Act (AB-525), legislation that significantly improved the franchise landscape in the Golden State. Now this session, Assemblyman Chris Holden has authored and filed AB-2672, legislation that will update the 2015 law in 3 significant ways. First, AB-2672 will make existing law enforceable on all franchise agreements…

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New Jersey Governor Files Millionaire Tax Again

New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy, who in each of his two prior years in the corner office has proposed an additional surcharge on incomes in excess of $1 Million, has done it again. Murphy submitted a $40.9 billion budget to the New Jersey legislature this week, and included some $494 million in new revenue generated…

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