Court Tosses PA Shutdown Mandate

In the first such decision rendered since the coronavirus pandemic first struck the U.S. back in March, a federal court in Pittsburgh ruled early this week that a statewide shutdown and stay-at-home order issued by the governor of Pennsylvania is unconstitutional. U.S. District Court judge William Stickman IV found that despite being well-intentioned, the order…

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Rhode Island Wage Hike Coming

Despite the economic trauma that the pandemic and those state shutdown orders have caused across the country, Rhode Island has another surprise coming for small businesses in the Ocean State. Effective October 1, 2020, the state minimum wage will increase $1 per hour on the 1st of the month thanks to legislation signed by Governor…

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Maryland Mini-WARN Law Coming Too

Another law taking effect on October 1 is in the state of Maryland. The state’s Mini-WARN act, which Governor Larry Hogan allowed to become law without his signature back in May of this year. Senate bill 780, which now mandates compliance with the formerly voluntary Maryland Economic Stabilization Act, requires that employers that implement a…

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Minimum Wage Hike on Florida Ballot

Elsewhere over the Labor Day weekend, activist groups – including SEIU and other labor unions – held rallies and protests in support of Amendment 2 on the November ballot. Amendment 2 is a constitutional amendment proposed – and funded – by Orlando attorney John Morgan to increase the state minimum wage to $15 per hour…

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California Court Dismisses Prop 65 Lawsuit

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has finally put an end to a nine-year old court case in California where the Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) challenged a state regulation issued by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) exempting chemicals in coffee from being listed as carcinogens as required…

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Two Months Late, New Jersey Opens Indoor Dining

At long last, New Jersey restaurants can reopen for indoor dining beginning today across the Garden State. At the beginning of the week, Governor Phil Murphy announced on Twitter that restaurants will be allowed to function at 25% of capacity beginning at 6 AM today. The state originally planned to allow 25% capacity indoor dining…

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Illinois Taking Mask Mandate to Next Level

On Wednesday of this week, August 26, new regulations kicked in across the state of Illinois with the implementation of Governor J.B. Pritsker’s new coronavirus dictates. His new policy departs dramatically from the popular protocol employed around the country in that it mandates diners wear face coverings when interacting with servers and/or other restaurant staff…

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CFA Congressional Town Hall Next Thursday

Less than one week remains until the Coalition of Franchisee Association (CFA) hosts its next Congressional virtual town hall discussion, this one with Illinois Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL-13). Click here to register. Representative Davis, whose father worked at a McDonald’s restaurant before he became a McDonald’s franchisee, learned many aspects of the franchise world from watching…

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Tennessee Codifies Liability Shield

The Volunteer State followed the lead of its neighboring Georgia, Alabama and Arkansas this week when Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed the COVID-19 Recovery Act into law. The new law, which became effective with the Governor’s signature on August 17, provides that businesses, healthcare providers, schools, non-profits and other entities and individuals will not be…

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Colorado Tax Cut Cleared for Ballot

A citizen-driven initiative petition to cut both the corporate and individual income tax rates in the state of Colorado has cleared the requisite hurdles and qualified for the November ballot. Backers of Initiative 306, “State Income Tax Rate Reduction”, submitted a total of 198,538 signatures to the office of the Colorado Secretary of State this…

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