Fight for $15 Aims At Delaware Next

As legislators in Delaware returned to the state house in Dover last week, they were met by a group of labor activists demanding that the legislators increase the state minimum wage to $15/hour. Fight for $15, the advocacy group funded by the Service Employees International Union, (SEIU), held a rally at the state house seeking…

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House Seeks Tighter Age Discrimination

The US House this week gave bi-partisan approval to the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA) by a wide margin. On a vote of 261 – 155, the House cleared the legislation and sent it along to the Senate. The bill, HR 1230, seeks to restore protections that were eliminated by the US Supreme…

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Plastic Still in the Crosshairs

Legislators and environmental activists across the nation continue to target single-use plastic bags, straws and other plastic products for elimination as the new legislative sessions begin. Massachusetts will most assuredly advance a plastic bag ban, although 135 communities already have a local ban of some sort on their books. The state senate approved a sweeping…

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NJ Governor Wants Millionaire Tax Again

In his State of the State Address this week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced he is doubling down and will renew his push for a Millionaires Tax in the Garden State. Murphy claims a new millionaires tax would ease the property tax burden “on millions of middle-class families and seniors, and do more to…

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Year-End Tax Bill Being Done, Without QIP Fix

While passing the $1.4 trillion spending package this week to keep the government funded and avoid a federal shutdown, Congress also corrected some provisions and oversights from the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Unfortunately however, the fix for the Qualified Improvement Property (QIP) depreciation schedule was not included, nor were most other tax extenders…

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Washington Adopts $83,000+ Overtime Threshold

Taking the minimum wage for overtime exemption to a completely new level, the state of Washington adopted an overtime exemption threshold of over $83,000. With the endorsement of Governor Jay Inslee, the state Department of Labor and Industries finalized rules phasing in the new threshold by 2028. Washington State is one of a handful of…

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New Jersey Softening Wage Hike?

In that same vein, New Jersey legislators are set to consider the impact that minimum wage hikes and other mandates can have on small businesses, but especially in the event of an economic downturn.  Small business owner and democratic Senator Vin Gopal joined forces with republican Deputy Whip Senator Kristin Corrado to sponsor S.3607, a…

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Prospects For Tax Extender Correction Dim

As we march closer to the end of the calendar and another presidential election year, the chances for corrective action by Congress to reinstate important tax extenders grows dimmer each week according to Ways & Means ranking member Kevin Brady (R-TX). Several important tax incentives were erroneously eliminated by a drafting error in the Tax…

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States Pushing Their Own Overtime Rules

Despite such reasonable rulings on overtime and the methods for overtime calculations proposed by the Trump administration, a number of states are dramatically pushing the overtime limits at the state level. On Thursday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) charged the state labor department with expanding overtime eligibility across the state, using the Obama figure as…

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California Mandating Food Waste Bins

The extremism just doesn’t seem to stop out on the West Coast as California is now taking recycling to a whole new level with a new law that becomes effective next year. Earlier this month, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 827, which was referred to as the “Green Restaurants Bill”. The mandate…

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