Paying for the Pandemic in Cities

City governments are constantly lamenting the loss of tax and other revenues and are now mapping plans to restore their revenue streams whether there’s more federal money or not. Too often, that means increased taxes for the business community.  As a case in point, amid widespread opposition, the DC Council preliminarily approved a FY21 budget…

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States Want More Revenue Too

And it’s not only the major cities that are looking to fill their coffers off the back of hurting businesses.  For example, we’d point to Michigan, where the state legislature sought to help businesses get back on their feet by passing 5 bills that all would have altered the tax liabilities of businesses within the…

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Face Coverings around the Footprint

There were only a handful of locations mandating face coverings just a few months ago, but now it is more the rule than the exception. Miami-Dade and Broward Counties in Florida are just the latest to now mandate facemasks be worn in public as the virus continues to spike in a number of southern and…

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Colorado Bans Non-Cage-Free Eggs

In what will inevitably increase the costs of eggs over the long haul, Colorado Governor Jared Polis last week signed into law a bill prohibiting the sale of conventionally produced eggs beginning in 2025. The legislation was passed to ward off an effort by animal liberation activists to put a more restrictive measure on the…

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Idaho Paying “Back To Work” Bonuses

Apparently in response to the federal government giving $600 bonuses to workers laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Idaho has decided to ‘see that bet and raise it’ to $1500 in order to wean the unemployed off the $600 bonus with a $1500 one. Idaho Governor Brad Little has announced the…

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Tale of Two Approaches

As Congress gets closer to possibly another economic recovery legislation, and the clamor to date has been for as much a $1 trillion in relief to state and local government, we’ve now entered FY 2021 budget. With tax receipts significantly reduced, every state and local government is facing some tough budget decisions. A quick look…

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Face Covering Mandates

As we see dramatic increases in confirmed cases of coronavirus in many of the southern and western states over the past few weeks, it behooves business owners to stay up to date on state and local mandates relative to face coverings. A majority of states may only recommend that they be worn while others mandate…

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Maryland Harassment Survey Due Wednesday

A survey by covered employers in Maryland is due in to the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights by Wednesday of this week, July 1. The “Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act”, which became law almost 2 years ago on October 1, 2018, bans private arbitration settlements for sexual harassment but also imposed a strict…

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Court Decisions of Note

Speaking of sexual harassment, the Minnesota Supreme Court early this month upheld the standard of “severe and pervasive” as applies to a threshold determination of sexual harassment claims, but it also whittled away some of the standard’s foundation. The court pronounced the Minnesota Human Rights Act more expansive and protective than federal Title VII protections…

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More Changes to Virginia Laws

Since 2018 when Virginia became a democratic trifecta state (the Governor’s Office and both legislative branches in democratic hands), the changes to its employment laws have seemed to come fast and furious!. In addition to changes we’ve advised in prior issues, effective next Wednesday – July 1, Old Dominion will expand its current Ban the…

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