Swimming Against the Current

As businesses all around the country and in just about every industry wrestle with high inflation, the ongoing pandemic and its struggles, supply chain issues, escalating labor cost, and other issues, the state of California continues to pile additional burdens on business. Currently, there’s a trifecta of trouble brewing for businesses in the Golden State.…

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New York Budget Imposes New Taxes

The New York General Assembly and Governor Andrew Cuomo reached agreement on a spending plan for the current fiscal year that calls on several significant tax increases to balance the $212 billion spending plan. Notwithstanding billions of dollars coming in federal largesse from the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, New Yorkers will…

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Competing Minimum Wage Proposals

With the Biden administration and Congressional leadership continuing to push to more than double the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25/hour) to $15 per hour, a different approach is expected to be introduced next week in the US Senate. Republican Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) are planning to propose legislation next week that…

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E-Verify in Florida

A battle is brewing in the Sunshine State over a proposal endorsed by Governor Ron DeSantis to mandate the use of E-Verify by all employers in the state. E-Verify has been aggressively opposed by a number of business groups who allege such a state mandate would be expensive to their bottom line and unconstitutional. An…

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New York City Squeezes Speech

The New York City Commission on Human Rights is seemingly ramping up its restrictions on employers with a new Legal Enforcement Guidance on certain protections in the NYC Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). Specifically, a new guidance released this month provides that employers (as well as landlords) could be subjected to fines up to $250,000 for…

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Using Expired I-9 Forms

On the surface, it might not seem like good advice to use a government form that’s expired, but in the absence of an updated one, that is exactly what we recommend. Although the current Employment Eligibility Form, or the-9 form as it is customarily known, specifically states that it expired on August 31 of this…

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ObamaCare, California-style

It may be effectively neutered at the federal level, but the California legislature just put the individual mandate back on the books when it passed SB 78, legislation that authorizes the taxing of California citizens who do not purchase health insurance and Governor Gavin Newsom signed it into law last Friday. The new law essentially…

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