New Year’s Day Triggers

It’s not only minimum wages (as we advised last week) and the Connecticut Clean Slate Law that become effective on January 1st this year, but rather a number of new laws in other states around the country. Small businesses are advised to be cognizant of the many law changes that come with the New Year,…

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Paid Family Medical Leave

More states are adopting Paid Family and Medical Leave programs, both mandatory and voluntary. The Oregon Family and Medical Leave Program takes effect on New Years Day and requires employers in the Beaver State to withhold and remit contributions to the program beginning as of that date. All employers regardless of the number of employees…

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Bereavement Leave Mandated

Back in early September, when California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1949 into law, the state of California became the third state to mandate bereavement leave for workers. The provisions of AB 1949, effective on January 1, 2023 and applicable when a business employs 5 or more workers, were adopted as an amendment to the…

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Success on FAST Act Repeal Petition

Opponents of the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act, known as the FAST Act, succeeded in their effort to put the question of repealing the FAST Act on the 2024 California ballot. The Save Local Restaurants coalition, consisting of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) along with the US Chamber of Commerce and the International Franchise…

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COVID 2.0 Obligations

No, it’s not another pandemic, but these changes will still cost small business owners. Both Colorado and Oregon have expanded leave obligations for employers in the event of a public health emergency (PHE), which now can include RSV, the flu and other respiratory illnesses. The Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act requires employers to provide…

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Predictive Scheduling on Tap

Small business can expect to see one of its worst nightmares come to fruition in Los Angeles as the City Council early this week gave unanimous final approval to the so-called Fair Work Week ordinance by a vote of 10-0. “Fair Work Week LA”, first introduced in 2019 and taking effect on April 1, 2023,…

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Sunday Deadline for FAST Act Petition

Speaking of California, it’s do or die this weekend for Save Local Restaurants, a coalition consisting of the International Franchise Association (IFA) along with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the U.S Chamber of Commerce. They have spearheaded the effort to overturn the California FAST Act and by Sunday, December 4, the coalition must have…

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Deadline Looms for FAST Act Petition

Save Local Restaurants, a coalition consisting of the International Franchise Association (IFA) along with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the U.S Chamber of Commerce is rapidly approaching a critical deadline for its ballot initiative to repeal the so-called FAST Act (Fast-food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act). After the FAST Act was signed into law…

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Money Issues: Election Post-Mortem

Some state ballots also had questions relating compensation and tax policy looming. In that regard, voters were apparently feeling generous. Initiative 433 on the Nebraska ballot was approved and provides for a $15 per hour minimum wage to be phased in over the next three years. The measure passed easily with 62% of voters in…

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Ballot Measures, a Potpourri

Over the past few weeks, we’ve focused on various ballot initiatives around the country by subject matter – minimum wages last week, right to work laws the week prior, etc. Without getting too far into the weeds, that leaves us a couple to call to your attention. In Massachusetts, there’s a Millionaire’s tax on the…

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