New Booster Seat Safety Standard

Along that same line, a new federal safety standard for child booster seats will take effect on January 2, 2020. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission adopted ASTM F2640-18 incorporating the new standards back in 2018. The new mandatory standard impacts the foodservice industry and seeks to address several hazards including issues related to attaching…

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New Overtime Threshold Effective January 1

Although it’s been in the works for years now and you’ve known about the final resolution for quite a few months, we want to remind our readers once again that the new overtime threshold also takes effect with the New Year. Beginning on January 1st, employees paid less than $35,308 on an annual basis must…

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California Considerations and Court Challenges

Where to begin? Well, for openers and staying with the theme of a January 1 effective date, a ban on the use of latex gloves in restaurants throughout California takes effect with arrival of the New Year. California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation back in September (SB 677) making the Golden State the 7th in…

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Court Halts San Antonio Paid Sick Leave

The battle continues in San Antonio over an ordinance passed by the City Council mandating paid sick leave for private employees. The ordinance, originally passed over a year ago and approved again in October 2019, was set to take effect this past weekend (December 1) but was enjoined last week by State District Court Judge…

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Employer Liability for Marijuana Termination

Although it is still very much a developing body of law, employers must be especially cautious in the actions they take against employees who may be legally using marijuana for medical purposes. In the first state or federal decision in Pennsylvania, the Court of Common Pleas in Scranton allowed a lawsuit to proceed against the…

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Drive-By Lawsuits 2.0

For several years now, businesses have been plagued by litigation alleging violations of the American with Disabilities Act (whether violations existed or not) in order to extract a financial settlement (small enough to be worth settling, but large enough to be a problem) from the business owner. Such lawsuits become known as “drive-by lawsuits”. For…

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More Restroom Issues at Starbucks (Ally’s Law)

A story in the Boston Globe earlier this year was brought to our attention by one of our members with some questions on bathroom access requirements and we believe those questions warrant some further cautionary reporting. The Globe story was on the dilemma of an attorney in Massachusetts stricken with Crohn’s Disease, which at times…

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California Court Tags Service Fees As Tips

A spooky court decision released on Halloween stirred up a cauldron of surprises for California employers over the question of contractual service charges. An appellate court in California ruled that mandatory service charges added by banquet facilities to their contracts may actually (and legally) be defined as gratuities and owed to banquet service employees! The…

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CFA Legal Symposium

The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) is holding its annual CFA Legal Symposium next week at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The event was established as a vehicle to help franchisees meet with the country’s top franchisee attorneys. This year’s event, which is being held on Wednesday, November 13, in conjunction with…

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EEOC Ordered To Continue Pay Data Collection

Apparently, election results don’t matter in some of the nation’s courts! A federal judge in Washington, DC this week ordered the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) continue collecting pay data for 2017 & 2018 as required by the Obama administration – despite the fact that the Trump administration reversed that agency mandate!! You’ll recall that…

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