US Senate Forms Federal Family Leave Group

The issue itself has been kicking around for a couple of years now, but the US Senate Finance Committee this week advanced the priority of the issue with the appointment of a bi-partisan work group to study federal family leave. Senator Maggie Hassan, a democrat from New Hampshire will co-chair the federal family leave work…

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Governor Vetoes Paid Leave

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu last week vetoed new legislation mandating paid leave in the Granite State. SB 1, which cleared the legislature just a day before the Governor vetoed it, would have dictated that businesses provide paid family leave insurance to all employees (similar to programs in New York and Rhode Island) and would…

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DC Family Leave Tax Starting Soon

Implementation of the Washington DC paid family and medical leave payroll tax is coming sooner than originally thought. The DC Office of Employment Services (DOES) announced that it will begin collecting the new 0.62% payroll tax to fund the DC paid family and medical leave in July for all gross wages paid in the current…

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Miscellaneous

Earlier this month, the Trump administration submitted its fiscal 2020 budget to Congress and projected the US economy to continue the strong expansion it has experienced since the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act was enacted in 2017. Growth in fiscal year 2018 reached 2.9% for the year, but most economists do not see that kind…

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NJ Governor Wants Millionaire Tax

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy continues to push for so many of the progressive programs and initiatives that were blocked in prior years by his republican predecessor, Chris Christie. This latest initiative, incorporated in the Governor’s $38.6 billion state budget for FY20, seeks to expand the universe of the multi-millionaire tax (incomes over $5 million)…

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California Mandates Retirement Plans

California has again gone one better in the mandate department as the Golden State now requires employers with at least five employees to offer access to a retirement plan for their employees. Under the CalSavers law, covered employers that do not already offer an employer-sponsored retirement plan, will be required to begin offering a retirement…

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Targeting Success

Newly announced presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has gotten much of the coverage on raising taxing of late with her plan to levy a 2% tax on assets over $50 million, but failed 2016 (and likely 2020) democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is determined to penalize success as well. Staying in class…

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Court Blocks San Francisco Soda Warnings

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, unquestionably the most liberal federal court in the nation, surprised many last week when it unanimously upheld an injunction against a San Francisco law mandating health warnings on ads for soda and sugary drinks. The City by the Bay adopted legislation back in 2015 that mandated specific language relating…

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And Another 25 Cents for the Cup!

You really couldn’t make this stuff up, but the Berkeley California City Council unanimously approved a new ordinance this week that will require restaurants to charge customers $0.25 for disposable cups. The Single Use Disposable Foodware and Litter Reduction Ordinance, which sailed through on the recommendation of the City’s Zero Waste Commission, also requires that all…

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Taxing Drinking Water?

Yes, unfortunately you read that right! California’s new governor, democrat Gavin Newsom, just days into his term as the state’s Chief Executive Officer, has proposed imposing a new tax on drinking water. The Governor incorporated the tax as part of his budget proposal for fiscal year 2020, which is projected to end with a surplus…

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