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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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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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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Virginia Law Changes with Flip of the Calendar

As we’ve advised in past issues, the turn of the calendar often ushers in new changes in state and local laws that we all must be aware of, but that is especially true when we flip from June to July. Last week we advised of a number of changes coming July 1 in state and…

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Renewed Effort for Liability Shields

Prompted largely by a spike in the number of coronavirus lawsuits filed against businesses, efforts to create federal liability protections have been resurrected. As we’ve advised in past issues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has called the creation of federal liability shields his “red line” for the next legislative aid package. Since May 1,…

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State and Local Issues of Note

With so much of the nation’s focus these past three months on the COVID-19 pandemic – and more recently, protests over the tragic killing of George Floyd, state and local issues that can impact your business could easily be overlooked. In the hope of keeping you informed of some of those possible oversights, we advise…

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De Blasio Signs Business Relief Package

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this week signed a small business relief package that the New York City Council approved just last week. The package, which consists of seven different bills, includes legislation that imposes limits on third-party delivery services, extends the suspension of sidewalk café fee collection and protects commercial tenants from…

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Chicago Wants Food Delivery Transparency

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot this week announced new rules governing third-party food delivery platforms operating within the Windy City. Effective next Friday, May 22, all delivery platforms will be required to disclose full itemized costs to customers BEFORE purchase and again of the customer receipt. The disclosure, which will apply to Uber Eats, Grubhub, Postmates…

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Bookend Cities Flex Their Muscle

Notwithstanding the unprecedented challenges that small businesses across the country have faced and will continue to confront as we (hopefully) come out of the coronavirus crisis over the next few months, municipal officials from the east coast to the west continue to dictate to businesses how they should be run, who they should employ and…

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NJ Amends WARN Act, Family Leave, Disability

Last week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law several bills to address issues raised in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic. Among those signed by Murphy were more amendments to the New Jersey Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act (NJ WARN Act) as well as expansions of the New Jersey Family Leave Act (FLA)…

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