New Jersey Showdown Over Millionaire Tax

Despite the fact that New Jersey is a democratic trifecta state (all three branches of government controlled by democrats), there is an old-fashioned standoff in the Garden State over a Millionaire Tax proposal. Governor Phil Murphy has strongly advocated for adoption of an extra tax on incomes over $1 million, but thus far, legislative leaders…

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New Virginia Employment Documents Disclosure

Beginning next week, on July 1, 2019, employers in Virginia must provide a copy of their employment documents upon written request from an employee. The new requirement, signed into law back in March by Governor Ralph Northam, mandates that an employer provide “all records or papers retained by the employer in any format,” detailing: (i)…

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Miscellaneous

First off, we want to remind our subscribers that use of any Styrofoam products, such as cups, trays, bowls, plates, etc., in New York City will be subject to a fine beginning July 15, 2019 – only a few weeks away. We also noted this week that the Nations Restaurant News released their 2019 listing…

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More on Minimum Wages

Two weeks ago in Small Regular No Sugar!, we told you of a possible change of heart by the city fathers in Emeryville, California. The city council there saw the negative impact that its aggressive increases to the minimum wage were having on businesses and gave initial approval by a 3-2 vote to delaying the…

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Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar

Often throughout the year, we advise our subscribers of different laws or regulations that will be taking effect at a future date, either near term of a few months later. We’re going to add “Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar” to SRNS periodically to ensure that you are aware of those changes that will…

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New York State of Mind

In building a file to produce Small Regular No Sugar on a weekly basis, extreme policies proposed, considered, or enacted in New York City are regular entries for consideration – some are held until further action, others dismissed because “there’s no way they can be serious!” Well, with yesterday’s announcement that NYC Mayor Bill de…

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Maine Becomes 1st State to Ban Polysterene Foam

The state of Maine became the first state in the nation to ban the use of polysterene foam food and drink containers when Governor Janet Mills signed the restriction into law this week. LD 289, sponsored by Representative Stanley Zeigler, prohibits restaurants and other “covered establishments” from providing food or beverages in Styrofoam containers effective…

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The Minimum Wage Impact

We talk quite a bit about the minimum wage and what the impact is of mandating regular increases to the minimum. Well, a study that Harri, the workplace management software company that works closely with restaurants, released a week or so ago underscores the direct impact. Of the 173 restaurants surveyed, 71 percent planned to…

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Maryland Governor Vetoes Wage Increase

At the other end of the spectrum on the minimum wage debate, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan this week vetoed a minimum wage bill increasing the wage in Maryland to $15/hour by 2025 and by July, 2026 for smaller businesses with 14 or fewer employees. Notwithstanding the Governor’s veto, the legislature quickly – in fact, within…

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New Jersey Bans NDAs, Strengthening Wage Theft

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is the polar opposite of former republican Governor Chris Christie and is signing into law many of the bills that Christie strongly opposed and/or vetoed during his two terms in the corner office. The latest example is new legislation restricting the use of nondisclosure agreements in employment contracts and settlement…

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