Ballot Questions Focus on Wages

With just over one month remaining until the critical November mid-term elections, there are a number of ballot initiatives going before voters in different locales that warrant watching. Restaurant workers along with the city’s Mayor have again come out strongly against an initiative in Portland Maine. Known as Question D, the initiative would raise the…

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California Requires Pay Info Plus

California just continues to plow new territory in employment law and business mandates. Most recently, Governor Gavin Newsom, who pundits believe is positioning himself for a possible 2024 run for President, on Tuesday signed into law SB 1162, which will require California employers with 15 or more workers to include pay ranges in all job…

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California Gov Signs Fair Franchise Bill

Notwithstanding issues we may have with many of the political positions Governor Gavin Newsom takes on a host of issues affecting small businesses as outlined above, he delivered on the positive side for franchisees late yesterday when he signed AB 676 into law. That legislation is a franchisee equity piece that clarifies the intent of…

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Tennessee Expands Mandatory E-Verify

Having amended its mandatory E-Verify law back in May when Governor Bill Lee signed HB 1853 into law, the state of Tennessee will require all private employers with at least 35 employees to use E-Verify and maintain E-Verify case results effective January 1, 2023. Currently, the Tennessee Lawful Employment Act, (TLEA) adopted in 2017 only…

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CPI Pushes Minimum Wages Higher

One unanticipated repercussion of the ongoing 40-year high level of inflation is the impact it is having on automatic minimum wage rates in a number of states.  Most recently, three states announced that new minimum wage rates for 2023 will be higher than they had previously anticipated. With minimum wage rates tied to the Consumer…

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Newsom Signs FAST Act into Law

As we suggested last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom wasted no time in signing into law the FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act). After languishing in the state senate for the better part of the legislative session, the bill moved at breakneck speed over the last days of the session, passing with…

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Industry Plans California Ballot Repeal

In the wake of the Fast Act being signed into law (see above), a coalition of restaurant industry groups (Protect Neighborhood Restaurants) has filed the requisite paperwork to place a question on the 2024 California ballot asking voters to repeal the FAST Act. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the International Franchise Association (IFA) seem…

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FAST Act Passes

In a quick turn of events earlier this week, the office of California Governor Gavin Newsom initiated a major rewrite of several provisions in the FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act) and submitted them to the Senate, which accepted them and passed the legislation on a vote of 21 – 12. The…

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Unpaid Bereavement Leave Extended

Although it won’t become effective for a few more months, be advised that earlier this summer, Illinois enacted amendments to the Child Bereavement Leave Act, expanding the law’s scope and renaming it the “Family Bereavement Leave Act” (FBLA). The amendments are effective January 1, 2023, and they: (1) expand the definition of family members covered…

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“Hero Pay” Program Takes Effect

Earlier this month, the state of Connecticut launched the application process for its new Hero Pay program for essential workers. The program, funded with a $30 million appropriation in the state budget, may provide up to $1,000 in a pandemic pay premium for eligible, private-sector essential workers. To qualify, employees must be deemed essential workers…

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