What’s Brewing: Joint-employer, Menu labeling, Minimum wage, Soda tax

The more things change the more they stay the same. That’s the theme when it comes to a couple of critical federal regulations that have the potential to have a big impact on the bottom line of the quick service industry. Victory celebrations over the rollback of the joint-employer rule turned out to be short-lived,…

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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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Minimum Wage Volatility

At the state level, states have been actively considering changes in state-mandated minimum wages over the past several weeks with mixed results. Over the course of the past two weeks or so, an Arizona state senate committee advanced legislation amending a voter-approved initiative ($12 minimum wage) by reducing that minimum to $10 if the amendment…

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“Man Bites Dog!”

There are two new developments on minimum wage this week that are rare enough to come under the Man Bites Dog headline. First, a lawsuit challenging the current effort to put the Flagstaff $15 minimum wage on the ballot was dismissed by an Arizona court last week, seemingly clearing the way for the repeal effort…

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Minimum Wage Updates

One of a couple of minimum wage issues that have been going back and forth in the courts winding their way through the courts was finally decided while another was argued before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Arizona Supreme Court rejected another last ditch effort to nullify the wage law that was approved…

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Arizona, Washington Enact Sick Leave

As evidence of the above comment, the states of Arizona and Washington added themselves to the litany of states mandating that private employers provide paid leave to their employers. In Washington, Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law earlier this week that provides eligible employees with 12 weeks of paid time off for the…

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Paid Leave, Wage Trigger Approaching

The July 4th holiday may be one we all look forward to, but please be aware that July 1st is the trigger date for a number of new minimum wage increases as well as paid leave mandates in cities, counties and states around the country. This following listing is nowhere near all-inclusive, but just some…

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More Minimum Wage Updates

It seems to be the issue that just won’t go away over the past few years, but there is still more updates on minimum wage hikes across the country. Out west, the Nevada Supreme Court remanded a minimum wage dispute back to the District Court in Las Vegas, but in the same ruling upheld the…

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Speaking of Joint-employer

On the issue of joint-employer, states are still looking to insulate businesses within their borders from the NLRB re-definition by codifying the traditional definition in state law. South Dakota is the latest in a string of states to enact laws limiting “joint employer”. Governor Dennis Daugaard signed Senate bill SB137 into law last week after…

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Minimum Wages on the National & State Stages

At the national level, US Senator Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democratic incumbent last week filed a 77-page piece of legislation that is a veritable smorgasbord of the union advocacy issues. Up for reelection in November of this year, Brown appears to be trying to ingratiate himself with all possible factions – including business. Aside from…

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