Minimum Wage Hikes to Note

We believe this an important issue and want to keep top of mind within our membership, so a few weeks ago, we advised you of many of the minimum wage increases scheduled to take effect with the arrival of 2022 tomorrow. In that vein, our friends at the Economic Policy Institute have released the Current…

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SCOTUS to Judge Final Round

The final round in the heavyweight fight over a couple of the Biden vaccine mandates – including the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for private employers with 100 or more workers – is set to be argued before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on January 7. In taking up the issues, the…

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California OSHA Re-adopts State ETS

Meanwhile, the California state OSHA is not waiting for SCOTUS to rule on the Biden employer mandate – last week, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board voted to readopt the state ETS with some revisions and putting it in effect on January 14, 2022 for a 90-day period, ending April 14, 2022. Just a week ago, the…

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NRA Files to Stop 80/20 Rule

Although it seems we’ve been advising on the changes – and changes back – regarding the federal tip credit rules for quite some time, there is still news to report. Last week, along with the Texas Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Law Center (NRA) filed an emergency motion seeking a temporary injunction against…

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Clock Ticking on PPP Forgiveness

As we look to our businesses rebounding further in 2022 and ensuring compliance with new mandates and ongoing business regulations, we must also keep one eye on the calendar for other deadlines and obligations. Toward that end, and for those of you who received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan from the 2nd draw, authorized…

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New York Extends Heroes Act Again

As it has over the past several months, the state of New York has again extended the designation of the COVID-19 virus as a “highly contagious communicable disease” and thereby extended the provision of the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act). The designation is required for the application of the HERO Act…

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Amending “Make Whole” Remedy?

Speaking of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), it would appear that current agency leadership would like to see new penalties applied when unfair labor practices have been confirmed. The NLRB Board decided in November that an employer was guilty of unfair labor practices in terminating 6 employees for not negotiating the terminations with the…

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Council Approves Non-Citizens Voters

Last week, New York City joined a handful of much smaller towns and cities in granting the right to vote in local municipal elections to non-US citizens. By a vote of 33-14, the New York City Council passed the Our City Our Vote Act into law, granting the right to vote to green card holders…

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Court Expands Mandate Injunction

In the latest in a string of legal losses for the Biden administration over its vaccine mandates on private employers, a federal district court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction this week prohibiting the government from enforcing its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for federal contractors. The ruling follows nationwide injunctions issued against the vaccine mandate for private…

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New York City Vaccine Mandate

Despite the courts enjoining the federal government from imposing a vaccine mandate on the employees of private businesses, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has no intention of letting the legal process play out in the courts before he vacates the mayor’s office in a number of weeks. The lame-duck de Blasio, whose term…

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