More Than One Way To Win An Election!

So at first, there are allegations of voter fraud and the like, then the obligatory calls for recount, and now the new legal phenomenon of “vote harvesting” but after all that fails, just have lame duck legislators change the powers the elected winners will have once they assume office! That is precisely what is happening…

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Banned in Boston, Not in Ohio

They haven’t completely gone after straws yet, but the push to ban single use plastic bags kicks into high gear in Boston this week with the city plastic bag ban becoming effective one week from today, on December 14. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh signed the measure back in December of last year after the city…

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Maximum Movements on Minimum Wages

The current push for increasing minimum wages really began back in 2012, but it doesn’t seem to be slowing much at all. But first, let’s look at the exception that proves the rule. With democrat Gretchen Whitmer poised to take over as Michigan Governor from republican incumbent Rick Snyder, the republican state senate voted Wednesday…

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Here’s the Bit . . . Coin!

We knew it was going to happen at some point, but now the state of Ohio has become the first state in the nation to officially offer businesses the option of paying their taxes using Bitcoin.  Starting Monday, businesses in Ohio can make their sales and withholding tax payments through OhioCrypto.com, a state-controlled site that…

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Municipal Minimum Wage Workings

Minimum wages continue to be debated at the local level in some communities around the country. Tying the topic to the mid-term elections, Flagstaff Arizona voters rejected Proposition 418, which proposed to bring that city’s minimum wage in line with the rest of the state ($11 in 2019 & $12 in 2020), defeating a business-backed…

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Minimum Wages Hike Passes on Both Ballots

As we’ve advised in the past, questions on raising the minimum wage were put to the voters in both Arkansas and Missouri this week and unfortunately, voters in both states agreed with advocates and approved the initiatives. In Arkansas, the current $8.50 minimum will increase to $9.25 in January 2019, then to $10 per hour…

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Changes in Illinois Employment and Tax Law

In light of this electoral climate, DDIFO’s upcoming Chicago Regional meeting, Don’t Risk Your Network!, seems particularly timely. The program, which includes lunch, will be held next Tuesday, November 13 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue in Rosemont, beginning at 11:30 AM and concluding around 3 PM. The meeting will feature Attorney…

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Missouri Ballot Incentive

For those in the state of Missouri who may need a little extra incentive to get out and vote next Tuesday, there is a question on the ballot that brings the issue of minimum wage home to roost – should the state mandate a minimum wage of $12 per hour by the year 2022? If…

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Illinois Employee Reimbursement Law

A week or two ago, we advised you of an expansion of the Illinois Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act, which requires nursing mothers be given extra work breaks. This week, we want you to be aware of an amendment to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act that requires employers to reimburse employees for…

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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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