Face Covering Mandates

As we see dramatic increases in confirmed cases of coronavirus in many of the southern and western states over the past few weeks, it behooves business owners to stay up to date on state and local mandates relative to face coverings. A majority of states may only recommend that they be worn while others mandate…

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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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More Business Liability Shields Put in Place

Last week, we advised you of some of the movement in different states around the idea of shielding private businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits so long as they operate within the parameters of various government edicts (state or federal regulations, executive orders or guidance. Up to this point, the focus has almost exclusively been protecting the…

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Colorado Resurrecting Obama-era Joint Employer

It’s an issue that’s seemingly been resolved more times than one can count since President Trump took office in 2017, but joint employer is still rearing its ugly head periodically – and this time at the state level. The effort in Colorado to codify the egregious joint employer standard from the Obama-era NLRB almost completely…

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California Plows Ahead With Minimum Wage Hike

As we have advised in the past, a provision in the California minimum wage law that former Governor Jerry Brown insisted upon allows for postponement of a mandated increase in the minimum wage during uncertain economic times. Hard to fathom but apparently the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression doesn’t meet that standard for…

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California Crisis

Notwithstanding the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic has presented across the nation’s economy – from workers to small business owners to corporate executives, there are those – many of whom are in elected office – who just “can’t let a good crisis go to waste”! To that end, a proposal pending in the California Assembly…

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The Drive-Thru’s Humble Beginnings: A rubber hose and a two-way speaker

In what may best be described as a case of synchronicity, the year that Dunkin’ founder William Rosenberg opened up his first Open Kettle restaurant, a burger stand 3,000 miles away became the first fast food location to institute drive-thru business. That was 1948, and while these two pioneering concepts would one day prove to…

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Bookend Cities Flex Their Muscle

Notwithstanding the unprecedented challenges that small businesses across the country have faced and will continue to confront as we (hopefully) come out of the coronavirus crisis over the next few months, municipal officials from the east coast to the west continue to dictate to businesses how they should be run, who they should employ and…

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State Insurance Czars Order Refunds/Extensions

The California Insurance Commissioner and the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance both took actions this week to put more money in the pockets of insurance customers. In California, a Bulletin from the Office of Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara requires insurance companies to provide a premium credit, reduction, return of premium or other appropriate…

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