Court Clears Michigan Minimum Wage for Ballot

In Michigan, the state Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to send a proposal raising the state minimum wage to $12/hour to the state ballot in November. The ballot initiative, which had been pushed by a group called Michigan One Fair Wage, would increase the current state minimum wage of $9.25 to $12/hour by 2022 and…

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Missouri Voters Reject Right to Work

Private sector unions in Missouri were the big winners this past Tuesday as voters resoundingly opposed the state right to work law by a 67 – 33% margin. Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed right to work into law almost 18 months ago, but labor groups blocked enactment with a successful petition drive that placed…

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Missouri Will Vote On $12 Minimum Wage This Fall

As if the voters deciding to eliminate the Missouri right to work law wasn’t enough, state officials last week also approved for the fall ballot a measure to raise the state minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023. The current minimum wage in Missouri is indexed to inflation by law and as a result…

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More State Level Paid Leave

While Washington grapples with Senator Rubio’s approach to paid parental leave, several states around the nation are plowing ahead with their own unique plans. One example is the state of New York, where the state legislature recently passed S.8380A, an amendment that expands the existing state paid leave law to include bereavement leave. Under the…

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Hollywood Joins Missouri Right to Work Fight

The Hollywood elite (those who play make-believe for a living) continues to advise the rest of America what we need to be successful in our lowly everyday worlds. Last week, we advised how “Hanoi Jane” was in Washington DC to tell members of the DC Council that they should support and retain Initiative 77 (eliminating…

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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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