Restaurant Workers Sue Michigan

The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) along with other advocacy groups One Fair Wage and Mothering Justice this week filed a lawsuit against Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel alleging that legislative changes made to the state minimum wage law were unconstitutional. To put the issue in context, One Fair Wage initiated a petition drive in 2018…

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Alabama, Indiana Enact Business Liability Shields

When Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed SB.1 into law last week, the Hoosier State became the most recent to enact a liability shield law to protect businesses from lawsuits regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The new Indiana law provides protection from frivolous lawsuits for businesses, schools, health care providers, governments and other entities from lawsuits alleging…

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California Plows Ahead With Minimum Wage Hike

As we have advised in the past, a provision in the California minimum wage law that former Governor Jerry Brown insisted upon allows for postponement of a mandated increase in the minimum wage during uncertain economic times. Hard to fathom but apparently the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression doesn’t meet that standard for…

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Business Interruption Insurance Moves to Forefront

With economic relief funding having been passed and signed by the President, a good deal of the focus in Congress is now shifting to questions surrounding insurance coverage and the exclusions found in many – if not most – policies relative to viruses, epidemics, pandemics and the like. Currently, there are no fewer than 4…

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Court Upholds NYC Fair Workweek Law

In a decision released this past Tuesday, New York state Supreme Court justice Arthur Engoron dismissed a lawsuit challenging the validity of the New York City Fair Workweek law enacted back in 2017.  The New York Fair Workweek law requires fast-food employers in the Big Apple to provide workers with 14 days advance notice of…

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Court Halts San Antonio Paid Sick Leave

The battle continues in San Antonio over an ordinance passed by the City Council mandating paid sick leave for private employees. The ordinance, originally passed over a year ago and approved again in October 2019, was set to take effect this past weekend (December 1) but was enjoined last week by State District Court Judge…

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In Joint Employer Battle: Round 2 Goes to McDonald’s

On Tuesday of this week, a federal appeals court gave McDonald’s Corporation a significant victory on the question of joint employment status. The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit found in Salazar v. McDonalds that the company was not a joint employer in that it did not exert enough control over employees at…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Having failed thus far to get the tax returns of President Trump released, New York Attorney General Letitia James has turned her sights on Dunkin’ Brands, filing a suit against Dunkin for not providing notices to 20,000 DD Perks members that a 2015 cyber-attack may have compromised their customer information. In addition, the NY AG…

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Colorado Enacts Equal Pay Law

Just over a week after significantly increasing the penalties for failure to pay correct wages, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 85 into law last week making Colorado the latest state to enact an equal pay mandate. The law will become effective on January 1, 2021 at which time employees who believe they were…

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Competitor News

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals officially revived a case regarding a Starbucks corporate policy that requires an employee to clock out before uploading data about employees’ hours, sales, and other information. The federal case follows a separate state Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that determined that Starbucks must pay workers for the off-the-clock…

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