Missouri Ballot Incentive

For those in the state of Missouri who may need a little extra incentive to get out and vote next Tuesday, there is a question on the ballot that brings the issue of minimum wage home to roost – should the state mandate a minimum wage of $12 per hour by the year 2022? If…

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Union Push

If you needed any additional incentive to get to the polls, remember that the unions will be out in force. The SEIU-backed Fight for $15 will deploy canvassers in the mid-west to support candidates who back collective bargaining rights and a federally mandated $15 minimum wage. Fight for $15 will target the tightly fought gubernatorial…

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Washington Weighs Tripling Overtime Threshold

Regulators in the state of Washington wrapped up a public comment period this past week for a proposal to increase the salary threshold (below which virtually all workers in the state would be eligible for overtime pay) to almost $72,000 per year! Currently, the federal threshold stands at $455 per week, or $23,660 annually. Washington,…

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Workplace Scheduling

Despite the health of the US economy over the past two years, we can’t help but be concerned about the direction that some state and local legislative bodies are going relative to workforce mandates. Staying on the west coast for a moment, the state of Washington is considering a statewide restrictive scheduling mandate for the…

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DC Sexual Harassment Training

Just one week after they overruled the voters on the question of eliminating a tipped wage within the Nation’s Capital, the DC City Council this week approved a bill that mandates restaurant employers provide anti-sexual harassment training to all employees. The ordinance, which Mayor Muriel Bowser has yet to endorse or oppose, also establishes a…

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Miscellaneous

Starbucks (SBUX) was finally able to post an improved showing in Q4 results announced Thursday, with US same store sales up plus 4%, ticket up plus 5% and traffic only minus 1%. However, analysts were wary of them attaining their long term 3-5% comps guidance. Starbucks began its Christmas season in store retail and digital…

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Dodging the Joint Employer Bullet, Again

If the questions and skepticism of two judges for the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals are any indication, McDonalds does not meet the definition of a joint employer under California law. 9th Circuit Judges Susan Graber and Andrew Kleinfeld indicated their belief that McDonald’s relationship with its franchisees did not give it control over…

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Minimum Wage Ballot Question Updates

On the question of minimum wage increases before the voters, there’s good news and bad news for you this week. First off, in Washington DC, the DC City Council, as expected, has taken its second and final vote officially repealing Initiative 77, passed by the voters back in June. The ballot measure not only mandated…

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Elsewhere On The Ballot

With just over 10 days until the critical 2020 midterm elections on November 6, this is a good time to underscore the importance of small business men and women exercising their civic duty to vote – and protect your business interests. Aside from the Senatorial and Congressional battles around the country, there are a number…

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