Sky’s the Limit!

Or at least it seems that way to many elected officials with regard to minimum wage levels. To underscore, let’s look at an example from both the east and west coasts.  ‘Raise Up New York’, a newly formed coalition of labor and advocates in the Empire State, is working on resurrecting legislation filed by state…

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Paid Family and Medical Leave

Maryland became the 10th state in the nation (in addition to the District of Columbia) to enact a paid family and medical leave law when the democratic-led General Assembly overrode a veto of the bill by Governor Larry Hogan earlier this month. The Time to Care Act, as it is called, establishes an insurance program…

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Cutting “Workweek” Hours

Speaking of California, the latest proposal from the Golden State, looks to redefine what constitutes a “workweek”. AB 2932, filed by Los Angeles County Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, would change the definition of a workweek from the current 40 hours to 32 hours for companies with more than 500 employees. In addition, it would require overtime…

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Pork Restrictions Going to SCOTUS

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) agreed to hear a case challenging a set of California restrictions on animal housing. Approved by voters in 2018, Proposition 12 banned the production or sale in California of pork and other animals raised using conventional animal husbandry methods. Currently, 96 percent of the…

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Employee COVID Protections Expand?

Despite the decreasing rates of COVID infections nationally, some states and locales are expanding the employee protections and benefits that were initially put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. Primary amongst these dictates is the reimposition of COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave. For the third time, the city of Philadelphia has imposed a special…

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FAST Act Teed Up, Action Needed

As we have advised in the past, there is a dangerous legislative proposal advancing in California, AB 257, the co-called FAST Act (the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act). This bill has already passed the Assembly and is currently pending in the State Senate, where it will likely have an easier time winning support. As…

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Mask Mandates Dropping Fast

Right in time for President Biden’s State of the Union (SOTU) address this week, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a new guidance recommending that face masks need be worn only by individuals in high-risk areas on the country or by those who may have a high risk of serious infection. The latest CDC…

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Swimming Against the Current

As businesses all around the country and in just about every industry wrestle with high inflation, the ongoing pandemic and its struggles, supply chain issues, escalating labor cost, and other issues, the state of California continues to pile additional burdens on business. Currently, there’s a trifecta of trouble brewing for businesses in the Golden State.…

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California Oks New COVID Paid Sick Leave

Notwithstanding increased vaccination rates and greatly reduced COVID infections, California continues to swim upstream as relates helping businesses recover from pandemic restrictions and survive the challenging economy.  Early this week, the California legislature caved in to union leader demands and passed legislation mandating that businesses with 26 or more employees provide workers with up to…

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Assembly Advances FAST Act

On Monday of this week, the California Assembly passed AB 257, the so-called FAST Act and sent it to the Senate for its approval. Needing 41 votes to pass the Assembly where it died last session, the Fast-Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act, prevailed on a 41-21 vote on the last day before such a “holdover bill”…

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