More Bans To Come?

Speaking of government imposing bans on certain activities, we took note of a new possibility in the wake of Amazon shelving its plan to open part of its HQ2 in New York City. A number of states are looking at creating a compact that would prohibit those governments agreeing to the compact from offering financial…

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New York Expands Anti-Discrimination To Hairstyles

In the broad category of government mandates, New York seems to be “running away with it”! This week’s addition in the Big Apple comes from the New York City Commission on Human Rights, which is updating its rules for enforcing the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). The new guidelines from the Commission specifically…

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New Jersey Doubles Paid Family Leave

Just weeks after signing legislation bumping up the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024, Governor Phil Murphy doubled the state mandated Paid Family Leave earlier this week. On Tuesday, Murphy signed an expansion of the paid family leave law increasing the amount of time an employee may take off under the law…

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California Mandates Retirement Plans

California has again gone one better in the mandate department as the Golden State now requires employers with at least five employees to offer access to a retirement plan for their employees. Under the CalSavers law, covered employers that do not already offer an employer-sponsored retirement plan, will be required to begin offering a retirement…

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Miscellaneous

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that real average hourly earnings for all employees increased 1.7 percent year over year from January 2018 to January 2019. On a month to month basis, real average hourly earnings rose 0.2 percent from December to January, resulting from a 0.1 percent increase in average hourly earnings combined…

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SHOP Portal Closes

It was born out of passage of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) back in 2010, but now the online enrollment and payment portal for the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), is no more. Last Sunday, February 10, 2019, the enrollment and payment portal only, closed for good as SHOP coverage may now be…

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Targeting Success

Newly announced presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has gotten much of the coverage on raising taxing of late with her plan to levy a 2% tax on assets over $50 million, but failed 2016 (and likely 2020) democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is determined to penalize success as well. Staying in class…

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QSR Union Growing

Less than a year after employees at one unit of a QSR chain in Portland Oregon voted to unionize, a third store in the Burgerville franchise won NLRB approval in December as a separate bargaining unit. Three of the brand’s 42 stores across the Pacific Northwest are now organized as micro-unions and recognized by the…

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Minimum Wages Grabbing More Headlines

Speaking of minimum wages, this past week the US House Education and Labor Committee held a full committee hearing on the Raise the Wage Act (H.582 – filed by Sanders, House Chairman Bobby Scott and a host of others) that lasted better than 7 hours. The bill would mandate an increase in the current $7.25…

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Forcing Business into Submission

It’s no surprise that Amazon yesterday reversed its decision to locate its HQ2 in New York City, and not only because new Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and other politicians bemoaned the online retailer creating all those jobs in Long Island City. It also seems a natural byproduct of the anti-business persona the city is adopting…

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