California Business Asks Minimum Wage Freeze

In the face of the unprecedented coronavirus crisis and the havoc that the global pandemic is wreaking on the American economy, California business groups have called on Governor Gavin Newsom to delay the next installment in the gradual raising of the California minimum wage. When the $15/hour wage law passed in 2016, Governor Jerry Brown…

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Forget Freedom, the Mask is Mandatory!!

Without diminishing the seriousness of the coronavirus crisis that is causing such suffering and hardship, one must worry about Liberty when it is deemed illegal for residents of San Bernardino County in California to step out in public without covering their face with a mask. All religious services in the county must take place virtually…

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Municipal Loan Recovery Programs

In addition to CARES Act funds and state loan programs, a number of municipalities around the country have also launched recovery loan fund programs of some sort. The City of Chicago topped the nation in funding when Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the creation of the $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Loan Fund recently. The…

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San Francisco Approves Vacancy Tax

Voters in San Francisco last week approved Proposition D, a ballot question that will punish commercial property owners with an additional tax for property left vacant for more than 6 months. The new tax measure, which required a two-thirds vote to be enacted was supported by over 69% of the voters in the City by…

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California Looks To Update Franchise Law

Back in 2015, California unanimously adopted the Franchise Relations Act (AB-525), legislation that significantly improved the franchise landscape in the Golden State. Now this session, Assemblyman Chris Holden has authored and filed AB-2672, legislation that will update the 2015 law in 3 significant ways. First, AB-2672 will make existing law enforceable on all franchise agreements…

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Colorado Raises Overtime Threshold

Colorado became the latest state to dramatically increase its overtime threshold last week when the state Department of Labor and Employment released its new rules governing minimum wages and overtime requirements. Under the new rules, the state threshold will mirror the federal trigger of $35,568 until January 1, 2021, at which time the Colorado threshold…

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California Considerations and Court Challenges

Where to begin? Well, for openers and staying with the theme of a January 1 effective date, a ban on the use of latex gloves in restaurants throughout California takes effect with arrival of the New Year. California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation back in September (SB 677) making the Golden State the 7th in…

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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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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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