West Coast Wonders

Oakland joined California neighbors, San Francisco and Los Angeles this week, when it gave final approval to a Right to Recall ordinance that gives laid off employees in the restaurant and hospitality industries the specific right to get their job back when their employers reopen. The local mandates, which also apply to the airline, event…

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Bookend Cities Flex Their Muscle

Notwithstanding the unprecedented challenges that small businesses across the country have faced and will continue to confront as we (hopefully) come out of the coronavirus crisis over the next few months, municipal officials from the east coast to the west continue to dictate to businesses how they should be run, who they should employ and…

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Municipal Loan Recovery Programs

In addition to CARES Act funds and state loan programs, a number of municipalities around the country have also launched recovery loan fund programs of some sort. The City of Chicago topped the nation in funding when Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the creation of the $100 million Chicago Small Business Resiliency Loan Fund recently. The…

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Fair Workweek Bill Filed in Los Angeles

The City of Angels is the latest to consider adoption of Fair Workweek legislation with three city councilors filing a motion to enact fair workweek legislation last week. Council President Herb Wesson, along with Councilors Curren Price and Paul Koretz, announced the filing at a press conference last Friday. The motion, which was referred to…

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Don’t tread on us: Franchisees sue their brand for encroachment and win

El Pollo Loco – their slogan is “Crazy you can taste” – is popular for Mexican-style food such as tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas and, in particular, citrus-marinated, fire-grilled chicken. The Costa Mesa, California chain operates over 460 company-owned and franchised restaurants in the southwest, and is a favorite with many locals. In Lancaster, Calif.,…

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Paid Leave, Wage Trigger Approaching

The July 4th holiday may be one we all look forward to, but please be aware that July 1st is the trigger date for a number of new minimum wage increases as well as paid leave mandates in cities, counties and states around the country. This following listing is nowhere near all-inclusive, but just some…

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Next Wave In Ban The Box

One had to wonder where the progressive agenda would go next relative to hiring practices and why employers may choose not to hire a particular individual.  The “Ban the Box” effort that has been spreading like a disease over the past year or so was taken to another whole level by the city of Los…

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Ban the Box Making Headlines

Perhaps with less fanfare, but potentially just as onerous as some of these other new initiatives, the so-called “ban the box” movement continues to succeed in various venues around the country.  As we told you over one year ago, President Obama was threatening to and subsequently did “ban the box” for federal job applicants and…

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Appeals Court Allows LA Hotel Worker Minimum to Stand

A three judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed a lower court ruling to stand, rejecting a challenge brought against the Los Angeles Fair Wage Ordinance.  The 2014 fair-wage law required hotels with more than 150 hotel rooms to pay their workers a minimum of $15.37 per hour and was challenged…

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