Paid Leave Fights in Court

Liberal local communities continue their push to win and enforce their own paid leave mandates and the fights continue in courts in blue and red states. In Texas, state Attorney General Ken Paxton, who last year convinced the 3rd District Court of Appeals to strike down an Austin paid sick leave ordinance, prevailed again –…

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Salary History and Plastic Bag Bans

State legislatures continue their parade to ban this or that from the business toolbox and this week we have 2 more with Delaware and New Jersey. Delaware Governor John Carney signed a new plastic bag ban on Monday of this week, making Delaware the 4th state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags. The…

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Connecticut Looks for Compromise on 80/20 Rule

In the waning days of the 2019 legislative session, Connecticut lawmakers passed bipartisan legislation seeking to clarify state law relative to the so-called 80/20 rule. In essence, the bill would have codified what the state labor department had been advising businesses for years – that for workers with blended duties (functions for which they receive…

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New Wage Theft Law in Minnesota

Calling it one of the strongest sets of wage theft protections for workers in the country, Minnesota legislators hailed the passage of bipartisan legislation significantly increasing the penalties for and severity of wage theft in the North Star State. In addition making wage theft a felony, the legislation provides sufficient funding to double the number…

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California Expands Paid Family Leave

File under the heading: Is enough ever enough? Shortly before the July 4 holiday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the state budget into law which re-established an individual insurance mandate. What we didn’t know at the time though, was that it also expanded the Golden State Paid Family Leave (PFL) program, effective July, 2020. The…

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New Hampshire, Maine Ban Low Wage Non-Competes

New Hampshire and Maine became the latest to ban the use of non-compete clauses for low-wage workers when Republican Governor Chris Sununu signed SB 197 last week and Maine Governor Janet Mills (D) signed L.D. 733 at the end of June. The NH bill, which was one of 42 pieces Sununu signed into law at…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Over the July 4th holiday, it was announced that Dunkin’ had for the first time, finally broken into the list of Most Patriotic American Brands produced annually by Brand Keys, coming in at #13. The annual survey, which began after the 9/11 terrorist attack, tries to measure consumer perceptions of which companies most embody the…

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New Laws Set For Late July – August

As we advised a few weeks ago, there are an array of new laws taking effect over these summer months and we want to be sure that you are aware of the impending changes. So, those of you with business interests in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, North Dakota, Washington and Texas may want to keep reading.…

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Food Trucks Rolling Into Play?

Three different communities in three different states this past week began entertaining legislation that will ease further entry of food trucks into the marketplace. The Chicago suburb of Barrington, Illinois is considering legislation to allow food trucks to operate in certain areas where businesses may have requests them or on private parking lots with the…

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ObamaCare, California-style

It may be effectively neutered at the federal level, but the California legislature just put the individual mandate back on the books when it passed SB 78, legislation that authorizes the taxing of California citizens who do not purchase health insurance and Governor Gavin Newsom signed it into law last Friday. The new law essentially…

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