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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Court Upholds NYC Fair Workweek Law

In a decision released this past Tuesday, New York state Supreme Court justice Arthur Engoron dismissed a lawsuit challenging the validity of the New York City Fair Workweek law enacted back in 2017.  The New York Fair Workweek law requires fast-food employers in the Big Apple to provide workers with 14 days advance notice of…

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Pondering the Presidential Trail

As the US House prepares to move 2 articles of impeachment against President Trump over the next few weeks, we thought it might be timely to highlight some of the plans being put forward by announced candidates for the presidential nomination. Perhaps most relevant to our subscribers are recently released plans by former Vice President…

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Impact of Mandates Becoming Clearer

As more states and localities have rushed to mandate higher wages, paid leave benefits and predictive scheduling (Fair Workweek laws), many business interests and economic-focused organizations have cautioned about the impact these mandates may have on business over time. It would appear that those cautions are starting to come to fruition if one looks more…

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Federal Fair Scheduling Bill Refiled

Legislation to require “fair scheduling” in the service sector at the national level was expected to be reintroduced as early as yesterday by democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in the Senate and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), the top Democrat on the House Labor appropriations subcommittee. The legislation, which will require “fair…

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Chicago Council Passes Fair Workweek Law

The Chicago City Council unanimously approved the “Fair Workweek” that mandates at least a two week notice of work schedules and provides penalty pay for those whose schedules are changed within that two week timeframe. The final ordinance, which was spearheaded by new Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, covers eight different industries from restaurants to manufacturing…

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State Preemption Efforts

As local communities across the country continue to pass their local mandates on such things as environmental policies, employee benefits, minimum wages and the like, some states have responded with state preemption laws prohibiting local communities from getting involved in dictating certain issues. We have a recent example out of Florida and one still brewing…

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Fair Workweek Bill Filed in Los Angeles

The City of Angels is the latest to consider adoption of Fair Workweek legislation with three city councilors filing a motion to enact fair workweek legislation last week. Council President Herb Wesson, along with Councilors Curren Price and Paul Koretz, announced the filing at a press conference last Friday. The motion, which was referred to…

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New York DOL Dropping “Call-in Pay”

We saw reports yesterday that the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) was dropping its regulation requiring employees to be paid “call-in pay” when they are called in to work or have a planned shift cancelled with less than a 14 day notice. The call-in pay requirement was originally written into draft regulations the…

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