SCOTUS To Hear Right to Work

Speaking of upcoming court hearings and precedential decisions, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will hear oral arguments in the case of Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) on February 26 according to the court’s February hearings calendar, just released on Wednesday. The Janus case, coming out of Illinois, presents…

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Baltimore Food Trucks Win Court Fight

Efforts by Baltimore to limit the locations of Food Trucks around the city that compete with brick-and-mortar businesses selling the same products were finally stopped in their tracks this week. A Baltimore City Circuit court judge found that the 2014 ordinance that prohibited food trucks from operating within 300 feet of a brick-and-mortar business offering…

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Court Rulings on Franchise Issues

There were a couple of cases decided recently that we thought would be worth bringing to your attention. The first involved a question of choice of law and forum selection that originated in Ohio and transferred to the Arizona federal court. In its decision, the Arizona court invalidated a choice of law and venue provision…

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Minneapolis Minimum Wage Challenged

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has formally challenged the Minneapolis $15 minimum wage ordinance in Hennepin County District Court. The business group contends the ordinance, which increases the minimum wage to $10 per hour effective January 1, is illegal in that it violates state law, which reserves the power to establish minimum wages to the…

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Right To Work Upheld In Seattle

A judge in Seattle issued a ruling last week boosting efforts of right to work advocates in Washington state. In hearing a challenge brought by Seattle local union of the SEIU, local 775, King County Superior Court Judge Steve Rosen dismissed a claim by SEIU 775 that a local think tank’s efforts to inform employees…

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Business Challenges MA Millionaire Tax Question

Business interests in Massachusetts, led by the Massachusetts High Tech Council, Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation among others, have initiated litigation challenging the placement of the so-called Millionaire Tax on the state ballot in November. The action, filed with the state Supreme Court this week, asks the court to declare the…

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Soda Tax Limbo

Speaking of being in limbo, retailers in Cook County, Illinois are between the proverbial rock and the hard place as relates the county imposed tax on sugary drinks. As we advised last week, the FDA has said that collecting the tax and then giving it back as a refund violates the federal food stamp program…

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Some Tips on Pools

Tip pooling has encountered its share of problems and challenges around the country over the past few years, but the Granite State seems to have all sides of its house in order on the subject. Voluntary tip pooling is permitted amongst directly tipped employees in New Hampshire, but not with the back side of the…

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Court Upholds Cook County Soda Tax

Although Cook County Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak had issued restraining orders previously against the new soda tax the county was imposing, it turned out to be a false hope as last Friday, Judge Kubasiak dissolved the injunction he had placed on the new penny-per-ounce levy that was to take effect July 1. When the injunction…

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Soda Tax Hearing Today, Philly Revenue Falls

The appeal of the soda tax as a revenue cure-all may be fizzing out a bit based on the money the new tax levy is bringing in in the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia officials this week acknowledged that actual revenue from the 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugary drinks came in at $6.9…

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