NYC Bans Cashless Retail

New York City last week joined the parade of local communities banning retail stores from refusing to accept cash as payment when the City Council approved a local ban on cashless businesses by a lopsided vote of 43 – 3. The ordinance, which will take effect 90 days after Mayor Bill de Blasio who supported…

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NJ Governor Signs “Toys R Us” Bill

Just a couple of weeks after the legislature gave it final approval, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act into law. The legislation, which has also at times been dubbed the “Toys R Us” bill in reference to mass layoffs at the former giant toy retailer, amends…

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States Codifying 80/20 Rule

Almost a full year and a half ago, the US Department of Labor (DOL) officially rid the federal regulatory bureaucracy of the so-called 80/20 Rule, which governed minimum wage calculations and requirements for tipped employees when they perform ‘non-tip’ functions. Since then however, individual states have sought to adopt their own versions of the 80/20…

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New York City Targets DoorDash

To welcome in the New Year, New York City Councilor Ritchie Torres filed legislation in the Council that seemingly targets tipping policies of a number of third party delivery companies such as DoorDash. Torres’ legislation, if it passes the council and is approved by Mayor de Blasio, would require certain businesses within The Big Apple…

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Fight for $15 Aims At Delaware Next

As legislators in Delaware returned to the state house in Dover last week, they were met by a group of labor activists demanding that the legislators increase the state minimum wage to $15/hour. Fight for $15, the advocacy group funded by the Service Employees International Union, (SEIU), held a rally at the state house seeking…

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Minnesota Court Upholds Local $15 Wage

Three years ago, the city of Minneapolis adopted its own local minimum wage in excess of the state minimum with a phase-in schedule bring the local wage to $15 per hour through the year 2024. Two days ago, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld that ordinance against a challenge brought by manufacturing company, Graco.  The international…

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Ohio Advocates Pushing Wage Ballot Question

Union advocates in Ohio are focusing on increasing the state minimum wage of $8.70 per hour through a ballot initiative this fall. Ohioans for Raising the Wage, a group comprised of SEIU members along with others from the Ohio Education Association, the Ohio Unity Coalition and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, have filed a petition with…

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Fight for $15 Active Again in New Year

The SEIU (Service Employees International Union) sponsored advocacy group, Fight for $15, continues to push for increased wage minimums in a host of states around the country. The most recent example of their ongoing efforts was seen in the state of New Hampshire, where the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted last week to raise…

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Plastic Still in the Crosshairs

Legislators and environmental activists across the nation continue to target single-use plastic bags, straws and other plastic products for elimination as the new legislative sessions begin. Massachusetts will most assuredly advance a plastic bag ban, although 135 communities already have a local ban of some sort on their books. The state senate approved a sweeping…

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NJ Governor Wants Millionaire Tax Again

In his State of the State Address this week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced he is doubling down and will renew his push for a Millionaires Tax in the Garden State. Murphy claims a new millionaires tax would ease the property tax burden “on millions of middle-class families and seniors, and do more to…

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