West Virginia Governor Vetoes Right To Work Fix

West Virginia passed right-to-work legislation just over one year ago, becoming the 26th state to do so, but there seemed to be a problem with their drafting. A judicial challenge was initiated against the law by the West Virginia AFL-CIO and 11 other local unions in which labor alleged that the law constituted an illegal…

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Beverage Industry Appeals Court Dismissal

As anticipated, the American Beverage Association and other plaintiffs have appealed the decision of the Court of Common Pleas dismissing the group’s legal challenge to the Philadelphia Beverage Tax. Philadelphia passed the 1.5 cents per ounce tax earlier in 2016 and the challenge was filed in September on the grounds that the tax (which opponents…

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Minneapolis Blocks Wage Bill from Ballot

Last Friday, by a 10-2 vote, the Minneapolis City Council killed a minimum wage charter amendment that advocates planned to see on the November ballot.  The council majority agreed with the legal analysis of City Attorney Susan Segal that the measure did not meet legal requirements and that minimum wage mandates must be implemented by…

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Court Overturns Pittsburgh Sick Leave Mandate

Speaking of employee leave issues, a Pennsylvania court has struck down as “invalid and unenforceable”, a Pittsburgh ordinance mandating private employers provide one hour of sick leave to their employees for every 35 hours worked.  The decision, rendered just before Christmas by the Alleghany County Court of Common Pleas, invalidated the municipal sick leave requirement,…

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