Colorado Resurrecting Obama-era Joint Employer

It’s an issue that’s seemingly been resolved more times than one can count since President Trump took office in 2017, but joint employer is still rearing its ugly head periodically – and this time at the state level. The effort in Colorado to codify the egregious joint employer standard from the Obama-era NLRB almost completely…

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California Plows Ahead With Minimum Wage Hike

As we have advised in the past, a provision in the California minimum wage law that former Governor Jerry Brown insisted upon allows for postponement of a mandated increase in the minimum wage during uncertain economic times. Hard to fathom but apparently the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression doesn’t meet that standard for…

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California Crisis

Notwithstanding the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic has presented across the nation’s economy – from workers to small business owners to corporate executives, there are those – many of whom are in elected office – who just “can’t let a good crisis go to waste”! To that end, a proposal pending in the California Assembly…

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Bookend Cities Flex Their Muscle

Notwithstanding the unprecedented challenges that small businesses across the country have faced and will continue to confront as we (hopefully) come out of the coronavirus crisis over the next few months, municipal officials from the east coast to the west continue to dictate to businesses how they should be run, who they should employ and…

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State Insurance Czars Order Refunds/Extensions

The California Insurance Commissioner and the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance both took actions this week to put more money in the pockets of insurance customers. In California, a Bulletin from the Office of Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara requires insurance companies to provide a premium credit, reduction, return of premium or other appropriate…

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California Business Asks Minimum Wage Freeze

In the face of the unprecedented coronavirus crisis and the havoc that the global pandemic is wreaking on the American economy, California business groups have called on Governor Gavin Newsom to delay the next installment in the gradual raising of the California minimum wage. When the $15/hour wage law passed in 2016, Governor Jerry Brown…

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Forget Freedom, the Mask is Mandatory!!

Without diminishing the seriousness of the coronavirus crisis that is causing such suffering and hardship, one must worry about Liberty when it is deemed illegal for residents of San Bernardino County in California to step out in public without covering their face with a mask. All religious services in the county must take place virtually…

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Municipal Loan Recovery Programs

In addition to CARES Act funds and state loan programs, a number of municipalities around the country have also launched recovery loan fund programs of some sort. The City of Chicago topped the nation in funding when Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the creation of the $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Loan Fund recently. The…

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San Francisco Approves Vacancy Tax

Voters in San Francisco last week approved Proposition D, a ballot question that will punish commercial property owners with an additional tax for property left vacant for more than 6 months. The new tax measure, which required a two-thirds vote to be enacted was supported by over 69% of the voters in the City by…

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California Looks To Update Franchise Law

Back in 2015, California unanimously adopted the Franchise Relations Act (AB-525), legislation that significantly improved the franchise landscape in the Golden State. Now this session, Assemblyman Chris Holden has authored and filed AB-2672, legislation that will update the 2015 law in 3 significant ways. First, AB-2672 will make existing law enforceable on all franchise agreements…

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