Missouri Cuts, Colorado Hikes Stimulus Tax Issues

The states of Missouri and Colorado this week took very different actions relative to the impact of federal stimulus payments for the coronavirus pandemic will have on the state’s taxpayers. In the Show Me State, republican Governor Mike Parson signed a bipartisan tax bill that excludes stimulus payments authorized by the CARES Act from being…

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States Want More Revenue Too

And it’s not only the major cities that are looking to fill their coffers off the back of hurting businesses.  For example, we’d point to Michigan, where the state legislature sought to help businesses get back on their feet by passing 5 bills that all would have altered the tax liabilities of businesses within the…

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What’s Brewing: Jobs Recovery, COVID-19 Regulations, Employee Health, Wage Hikes

It was never easy running a quick-service franchise. But over the past few months, the lives of Dunkin’ franchise owners have gotten infinitely more complicated. Franchisees already had their hands full before the coronavirus crisis hit keeping customers happy, keeping employees satisfied, and keeping bottom lines healthy—all while negotiating the challenges posed by various federal,…

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Court Decisions of Note

Speaking of sexual harassment, the Minnesota Supreme Court early this month upheld the standard of “severe and pervasive” as applies to a threshold determination of sexual harassment claims, but it also whittled away some of the standard’s foundation. The court pronounced the Minnesota Human Rights Act more expansive and protective than federal Title VII protections…

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July Brings Minimum Wage Increases

As states around the country begin or advance the re-opening of their economies, one could easily overlook the mandated increases in state and local minimum wages that are already on the books. To avoid that problem, we advise that you check in with your employment professionals or legal counsel on changes that may be happening…

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State and Local Issues of Note

With so much of the nation’s focus these past three months on the COVID-19 pandemic – and more recently, protests over the tragic killing of George Floyd, state and local issues that can impact your business could easily be overlooked. In the hope of keeping you informed of some of those possible oversights, we advise…

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Tosses Stay-At-Home Order

In a judicial rebuke of Governor Tony Evers, the Supreme Court for the state of Wisconsin overturned the Governors stay at home order, which the Governor extended until May 26. The court ruled in a 4-3 decision that the order was invalid as the administration did not issue follow proper rulemaking procedures. Under “rulemaking”, the…

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Ohio Workers Comp Board OKs Dividend

Following up on a hearing we told you about last week in Small Regular, the Ohio Board of Workers Compensation gave its blessing to a proposal of Governor Michael DeWine that the Board pay out employer dividends in the amount of $1.6 billion as a vehicle to help the state’s business community deal with the…

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Ohio Hopes For Workers Compensation Dividend

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has asked the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) to pay out employer dividends in the amount of $1.6 billion as a means to help the state’s business community survive the economic disaster resulting from the COVID-19 crisis. BWC reported that the $1.6 billion is the same amount as was paid…

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Ohio Considers Workers Comp Premium Cut

On January 28, the CEO and administrator of the Ohio Workers Compensation Commission, Stephanie McCloud, submitted a proposal reducing employer premiums for Workers Compensation insurance by an aggregate $132 million for Fiscal Year 2021. The Commission Board of Directors will decide upon the rate reduction proposal at its February 28 meeting. The 13% rate reduction…

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