Ballot Questions Abound

Aside from the Presidential, Senatorial and Congressional elections on the ballot on Tuesday, there are also a broad array of ballot questions that may have a significant impact on business interests – now and/or in the future across the country. We want to highlight a few of these for you. We’ve advised you in past…

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Of COVID Refunds, Rebates, Curfews and Such

Restaurant owners out in California have initiated formal requests for rebates on funds they’ve paid to the state, county or municipality for permits, liquor fees, etc. since they have not been legally able to operate. Currently, most restaurants in the state are limited to 25% of capacity, and even under the best of COVID circumstances,…

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Ohio Readies Worker Compensation Rebates

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced this week that the state Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) is again preparing to send out worker compensation rebates to businesses across the state. In a press conference on Tuesday, DeWine reported that as much as $1.3 billion in rebates will be returned to Ohio businesses. The rebates, which are…

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Whitmer Orders Invalidated But Restrictions Restored

It didn’t take long for the regulatory and legislative arms of Michigan state government to restore COVID-19 restrictions in the wake of the state Supreme Court invalidating certain executive orders and emergency COVID mandates of Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The good news therein however is HB6030, currently awaiting the Governor’s signature, which provides immunity for businesses…

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Other COVID Restriction News

In other venues, similar court actions have taken place over the past couple of weeks. We advised you just over one month ago about the federal court in Pittsburgh invalidating a statewide shutdown and stay-at-home order by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. Well, last Friday Governor Wolf made good on his promise to veto HB 2513,…

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Illinois Transparency Report Coming Due Soon

The new Workforce Transparency Act, signed into law by Governor Pritzker back in August of 2019, amended the Illinois Human Rights Act, eliminating the previous 15 employee threshold and imposing a new reporting requirement on all employers in the state. Under the amended provisions, all employers must report to the Illinois Department of Human Rights…

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Court Tosses Michigan Governor’s COVID Orders

In a major rebuke of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled her executive orders extending the original declaration of a state of emergency violated the state constitution and was invalid. As backdrop, the Michigan legislature called a state of emergency back when the coronavirus pandemic first broke in March. That order expired however…

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Ohio Adopts, Florida Considers Liability Shields

It may not be all that businesses need, but there’s many positives to be drawn from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signing HB 606 into law just over one week ago. The “Good Samaritan Expansion Bill”, as the legislation is known, provides employers with state-law immunity from civil actions brought by customers, employees or others for…

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Illinois Taking Mask Mandate to Next Level

On Wednesday of this week, August 26, new regulations kicked in across the state of Illinois with the implementation of Governor J.B. Pritsker’s new coronavirus dictates. His new policy departs dramatically from the popular protocol employed around the country in that it mandates diners wear face coverings when interacting with servers and/or other restaurant staff…

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CFA Congressional Town Hall Next Thursday

Less than one week remains until the Coalition of Franchisee Association (CFA) hosts its next Congressional virtual town hall discussion, this one with Illinois Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL-13). Click here to register. Representative Davis, whose father worked at a McDonald’s restaurant before he became a McDonald’s franchisee, learned many aspects of the franchise world from watching…

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