Refunding Right to Work

The legal arm of the National Right to Work Committee (NRWC) filed a couple of class action lawsuits in Ohio earlier this week. One of the cases seeks refunds of “fair share fees” taken by local affiliates of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME), while the other seeks to strike…

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Illinois Requires Paid Breaks for Nursing Mothers

Just a month ago, Illinois expanded the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act to require employers to provide paid breaks for nursing mothers to express breast milk. The law now provides that a nursing mother who needs to express milk for her nursing infant child is entitled to a paid break “each time the employee…

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Dunkin’ and the No-Poach Clause

Many franchisors utilize so-called “no-poach” clauses in their franchise agreements, and such clauses may be structured in a way that limits a franchisee’s ability to hire employees of other, same-brand franchisees and/or employees of the franchisor. Recently, a group of state attorneys general and prominent legislators began pressing franchisors to cease use of so-called “no-poach”…

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Minnesota Minimum Wage Machinations

The St. Paul, Minnesota City Council has reviewed a number of different proposals from advocates to create a new $15 per hour minimum wage within the city limits. Of the three different proposals the city council has reviewed, the body appears to favor a staggered phase-in over a five to seven year period. Last week,…

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Machinations in Michigan Minimum Wage Chess Match

To summarize, the Michigan State Board of Canvassers was deadlocked (2-2) over whether to certify the validity of a ballot initiative to increase the state minimum wage to $12 by 2022, mandate paid sick leave on private employers and eliminate the tipped wage by 2024. The Michigan Court of Appeals ordered the Board of Canvassers…

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A Rose By Any Other Name

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit this week in the US District Court in Columbia, Missouri challenging a new statute that took effect on Wednesday. An omnibus agriculture bill signed earlier this summer by former Governor Eric Greitens contained a provision prohibiting companies from calling a product “meat” unless it is derived from…

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Court Clears Michigan Minimum Wage for Ballot

In Michigan, the state Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to send a proposal raising the state minimum wage to $12/hour to the state ballot in November. The ballot initiative, which had been pushed by a group called Michigan One Fair Wage, would increase the current state minimum wage of $9.25 to $12/hour by 2022 and…

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Missouri Voters Reject Right to Work

Private sector unions in Missouri were the big winners this past Tuesday as voters resoundingly opposed the state right to work law by a 67 – 33% margin. Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed right to work into law almost 18 months ago, but labor groups blocked enactment with a successful petition drive that placed…

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Missouri Will Vote On $12 Minimum Wage This Fall

As if the voters deciding to eliminate the Missouri right to work law wasn’t enough, state officials last week also approved for the fall ballot a measure to raise the state minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023. The current minimum wage in Missouri is indexed to inflation by law and as a result…

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More State Level Paid Leave

While Washington grapples with Senator Rubio’s approach to paid parental leave, several states around the nation are plowing ahead with their own unique plans. One example is the state of New York, where the state legislature recently passed S.8380A, an amendment that expands the existing state paid leave law to include bereavement leave. Under the…

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