Governor Vetoes NC Franchise Tax Cut

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper last week vetoed legislation that would have cut the tax rate on franchises in North Carolina. Protesting that the bill “prioritizes corporate tax cuts over investments in education . . .”, Governor Cooper vetoed S.B.578 which cut business franchise taxes at the same time that he signed a different tax…

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Back To the Future: ERA Version

Many of our readers likely are young enough to have only heard of the most recent effort to amend the US Constitution with adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment in history classes, but believe it or not, ERA is back in the news. To refresh your memory, amendments to the Constitution require a two-thirds majority…

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Fair Workweek Laws Are New Priority

From those who gave us the $15 minimum wage and dramatic expansion of paid sick leave and other employee benefit mandates across much of the country, they’re establishing a new priority moving forward – Fair Workweek laws. The Fight for $15 and its associated labor groups have seemingly shifted gears and are now organizing in…

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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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Elections Have Consequences

In most states, elections were held earlier this week and we want to just touch on a couple of results as they may become relevant to business issues in the future. First off, up in Portland Maine, incumbent progressive Mayor Ethan Strimling was eliminated before the final round in the ranked-choice local election. He defined…

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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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Florida Wage Question Clearing Signature Hurdle

The effort to put a minimum wage increase to $15 on the Florida ballot has moved that much closer to reality as advocates have submitted over 763,000 valid voter signatures already. Florida For a Fair Wage, the primary sponsor of the initiative, must to collect and submit at least 766,200 voter signatures by February to…

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Utah Considering New Soda Tax

I would submit one probably wasn’t too surprised by Seattle, Philadelphia and a host of California cities adopting additional taxes on sugary beverages, so-called soda taxes, but Utah?? Well, it seems that the soda tax proposal is part of an array of Tax Reform Proposals being entertained by the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force…

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Classification Law Moving East

With its recently enacted legislation, AB-5, which significantly alters the ground rules for the classification of employees, California has advanced the political “acceptability” of the “ABC” test first implemented in Massachusetts. Now, it would appear that New York State may be the next state to fall in line on “ABC” classifications. A new labor-backed coalition…

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