Right to Work Before Missouri Voters Next Month

Another of the 28 states that have accepted right to work laws will have that decision second-guessed by the voters early in August. Missouri right to work laws, enacted by the Show Me State back in 2017, were actually suspended in accordance with a provision in the state constitution that suspends existing law if a…

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Retaliating Against Rauner

Early on as the Janus case wound its way through the court system in Illinois, Governor Bruce Rauner was front and center to have the “fair share fee” funding mechanism struck down. In fact, Rauner announced in 2015 that he would pursue the issue along with plaintiff Mark Janus, but ultimately the governor was removed…

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Missouri Governor Signs Right to Work, Resigns

Hard to find the right category to put this one in, but former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed a right to work bill (HB.1413) into law in the “Show Me” state, then officially resigned as governor in the face of a long-simmering sex and corruption scandal. Greitens, who was a pro-business leader in Missouri, was…

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Duluth Joins St. Paul and Minneapolis

Paid sick leave continues its spread through a host of cities and local communities across the country, although the rate at which it is being adopted may seem to have slowed somewhat. Duluth, Minnesota became the latest when it adopted paid sick leave mandates on private employers to become effective January 1, 2020. Adopted just…

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Ohio Launches Worker Comp Rebate Program

On the positive side of the ledger from the perspective of the business community at least, the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation has adopted the Policy Activity Rebate (PAR) program allowing businesses the opportunity to possibly lower their premiums over time. Under this particular rebate program, which will become effective on July 1 of this…

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Missouri Readies Right To Work Referendum

Missouri, which had previously become a “right to work” state back in February 2017 when Governor Eric Greitens signed it into law, will have the voters deciding the issue again in the August primary election this year. Organized labor and other right to work opponents initiated a petition campaign over a year ago to suspend…

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Welcoming Dunkin’ to my Hometown

For seven generations, my family has lived in Evansville, Indiana. My great-great-great-grandfather came here from Ireland in 1828 to start a farm just a mile away from where I live today. He sought the wide open territory to begin life anew in a promising land. From this beginning, the Midwestern values of hard work, hospitality…

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States Still Looking To Hike Minimums

Concerted efforts to increase minimum wages across the country began with President Obama’s call for a national minimum wage of $9.00 in his 2013 State of the Union message but 5 plus years later, the mantra for still more increases continues in many states. Democratic lawmakers in Ohio are currently pushing legislation that would increase…

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State Preemptions

As more municipalities get involved in mandating what have historically fallen within the purview of the state or federal government, the notion of passing state preemptions becomes more important. On the matter of salary history bans, the state of Michigan recently took precisely that action, sending Senate bill 353 to Governor Rick Snyder for his…

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More Minimum Wage Mischief

Technically, the Fight for $15 began at the start of this decade with President Obama pushing an increase in the federal minimum wage in his 2010 State of the Union address, but the effort continues at full speed in state houses and town halls across the country. In North Dakota, advocates are planning to put…

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