Court Dismisses AB5 Lawsuit

The District Court for the District of Southern California has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the validity of California’s AB5 law. The challenge, which was filed by the International Franchise Association (IFA) along with DDIFO, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and the Supercuts Franchisee Association (SFA) back in November 2020, centered around California‘s ABC…

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New York Extends HERO Act Again

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has again extended the designation of COVID-19 as a “highly contagious communicable disease” and thereby kept the provisions of the Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act) in full force and effect. The designation, now extended to February 15, triggers obligations for New York employers to keep their airborne infectious…

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Law Restricts New Owners

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy this week signed into law A6246 / S4295, legislation that was passed on the last day of the prior session. Currently, the law applies only to hotel owners, but the possibility that it could be replicated for other industries (including QSRs) is concerning. The law provides significant restrictions on the…

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Checking Again on Unions

Regrettably, it seems the broad subject of unionization and what organized labor is doing is becoming a regular feature in Small Regular No Sugar! of late. This week, two more Starbucks stores in the Boston area (now totaling 4 in Boston market) as well as a store in Tallahassee Florida filed for union representation elections…

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Illinois Expands VESSA

Effective January 1, HB 3582 took effect and expanded the types of crimes for which victims are entitled to take leave under the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA). With enactment of the law, VESSA leave, which was previously limited to sexual or domestic violence, is now available to workers in Illinois who are…

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New California Employment Landscape

A number of significant changes in California employment and related laws will take effect tomorrow that employers should be aware of. Earlier in the fall, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an array of bills into law – some of which have already become effective – that will have an impact on employers in the Golden State.…

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More States, Cities Adding Mandates

As the nation now awaits the final decision by SCOTUS on these vaccine mandates, more states and cities are imposing their own versions of vaccine-or-mask mandates. In fact, just over the past week or two, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, and Chicago, have all announced new local vaccine mandates for consumers to enter…

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California OSHA Re-adopts State ETS

Meanwhile, the California state OSHA is not waiting for SCOTUS to rule on the Biden employer mandate – last week, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board voted to readopt the state ETS with some revisions and putting it in effect on January 14, 2022 for a 90-day period, ending April 14, 2022. Just a week ago, the…

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California Wage Initiative

For some however, whatever the minimum wage, it is never going to be enough. As a case in point, a ballot initiative is currently pending in California that would mandate the minimum wage at businesses with 26 or more employees rise to $18 per hour in 2025 and for businesses with 25 or fewer employees,…

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Council Approves Non-Citizens Voters

Last week, New York City joined a handful of much smaller towns and cities in granting the right to vote in local municipal elections to non-US citizens. By a vote of 33-14, the New York City Council passed the Our City Our Vote Act into law, granting the right to vote to green card holders…

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