Texas Leading in Opposition

Although no fewer than 24 states have already committed to challenging the private employer vaccine mandate promised by President Biden, Texas is inarguably out front in the effort. As OSHA was busy this week drafting the vaccine mandate ETS (above story), Texas Governor Greg Abbott was issuing an executive order cracking down on COVID-19 vaccine…

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Florida Increases Minimum Wage

Speaking of ballot initiatives, as a result of the successful minimum wage initiative last year in the Sunshine State, the Florida minimum wage increased as of last Thursday, September 30, 2021 from the former minimum of $8.56 per hour to the new minimum of $10/hour. The 17 percent jump in the state minimum represents the…

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Inflation Fuels Larger Wage Hikes

While many of today’s younger workers – and voters – may not have experienced the bite of inflation eating more of their compensation, those of us who more clearly understand the meaning and impact of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) are already seeing some effect from inflation. Among the many states, counties and cities that…

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California Dreamin’

But some are bad dreams for certain employers! Fresh off surviving a recall election just two weeks ago, California Governor Gavin Newsom, signed a couple of pieces of legislation into law over the past two weeks that won’t bode well for business going forward. Assembly Bill 1003, provides that employers found guilty of intentional theft…

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Massachusetts Changes PFML Benefit

The Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) has implemented a couple of changes that Bay State employers need to be aware of. Effective January 1, 2022, the DFML will increase the average weekly wage and increase the maximum benefit for covered leave. At the same time, the Department also announced a decrease in the…

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Turning the Calendar

Well, as we again flip the calendar, it’s important to note what laws may change on the first of any month. As we advised you in past issues, new provisions in the Connecticut equal pay act become effective today (on October 1, 2021) that prohibit pay differences between the sexes for comparable work (rather than…

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More About Third-Party Delivery

It seems as though of late reporting on some issue relating third-party delivery firms and municipalities taking action against them is becoming a weekly feature! About a month ago, we advised that New York City joined San Francisco in capping delivery fees; then the City of San Diego was mandating an itemized breakdown of fees…

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Seattle Targets 3rd Party Apps

The battle between municipalities and third-party delivery apps continues nationally as a new law took effect last week in Seattle. Hailed as one of the strictest laws of its kind in the country when it unanimously passed the Seattle City Council back in June, the ordinance, which became effective on September 15, requires meal delivery…

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New York City Enforces Vaccine Passports

Earlier this week, the New York City requirement that diners must show at least proof of at least one shot of the COVID vaccine began being enforced. Notwithstanding that a lawsuit filed by a number of Big Apple restaurants last month is still pending in the courts, the city began enforcement of the Mayor’s proof…

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Missouri Expands Leave, COVID Liability Provisions

Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed the Victims Economic Safety and Security Act (VESSA) into law earlier this summer with it becoming effective on August 28. On that date, Missouri joined a number of other states in extending unpaid leave to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. VESSA applies to all employers in Missouri with…

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