Soda Tax Appealed to PA High Court

Having been rejected at both the Court of Common Pleas (initial action) and just last month, the Commonwealth Court (appellate level), plaintiffs challenging the Philadelphia soda tax this week brought the issue to the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court. The American Beverage Association, along with the Pennsylvania Beverage Association and several other local business plaintiffs, appealed…

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Court Upholds Restraining Order on Soda Tax

Early this week, an Illinois appeals court upheld a temporary restraining order issued a few weeks ago against the 1 cent per ounce Cook Country soda tax. In response, county officials threatened as many as 1,100 country employees would be laid off as a result of the decision. The new tax was projected to raise…

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Court Stays Cook County Soda Tax

A Cook County Circuit Judge granted a temporary injunction enjoining the implementation of the new Cook County penny-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages until at least July 12 and the court can hear more arguments over the validity of the issue. In granting the petition sought by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Judge Daniel Kubasiak found…

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Philly Beverage Tax Upheld, Proceeds Down

A Pennsylvania Appeals court on Wednesday rejected a challenge brought by the beverage industry and a couple of consumers to the Philadelphia tax on sugary beverages. The lawsuit alleged that the soda tax violated a provision in the Pennsylvania state constitution that prohibits any duplication of the state sales and use tax, but the appeals…

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A Taxing Decision?

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court dismissal of a proposed class action suit over the charging of sales taxes at Dunkin’ Donuts shops in Manhattan. The District Court initially dismissed the case in part because the plaintiffs had not exhausted their administrative remedies, such as petitioning the Department of Taxation for…

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Philadelphia Salary History Suit Tossed

A federal judge this week dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Philadelphia Wage Equity law brought by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia. The legislation, which prohibits employers from asking a prospective employee about their salary history, was passed by the city council last year and signed into law in January by Mayor Jim Kenney.…

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Soda Tax Yields Money & Layoffs

The city of Philadelphia has been quick to point to the millions of dollars in new revenues being generated by Mayor Jim Kenney’s new tax on soda, but now they have to grapple with the fact that Coca-Cola has laid off some 40 employees as a result of the drop in sales in the area.…

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NYC Bans Salary History Questions

Mayor Bill de Blasio issued an Executive Order back in November 2016 that banned city agencies from asking for a salary history in employment interviews, but he needed a formal ordinance to impose the mandate on private employers. He got that ordinance this week on Wednesday when the New York City Council approved legislation extending…

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Justice Wins Delay in OT Appeal

Touted as a major accomplishment of the Obama administration, the new overtime rule was permanently enjoined by a Texas court, a decision that was promptly appealed by the Department of Justice under President Obama. Now, with President Trump in the White House, the likelihood of that appeal continuing is seriously diminished.  In fact, just this…

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Miscellaneous

The historic election of 2016 may have captured most of the news over the past several weeks, but there have been other items of note that we want to be sure you were aware of.  McDonald’s seemed to be making news left & right over the past few weeks . . . first off, a…

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