July 1 Brings New Laws

There are two dates every year when we have to be especially conscious of changes in government laws and/or regulations – one is January 1 and the other is today, July 1, the start of many government fiscal years.  With so much new regulation being piled on to the business community, we thought it might…

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Portland Oregon Targets Next Threat to Society

With many states and cities increasing minimum wages to possibly unsustainable levels and others adding mandatory paid sick leave to the costs of trying to run a business, what could be the next big problem that local politicians need to solve to make themselves relevant? Drive-thru windows!  That’s right, the city of Portland, Oregon was…

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More Minimum Wage and Sick Leave

The state of Idaho became the latest to prohibit the imposition of local minimum wages a bill prohibiting political subdivisions from setting minimum wages above the state minimum become law without the signature of Governor Butch Otter.  The Governor’s staff explained that he didn’t sign or veto the legislation because he was “conflicted” about whether…

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Minimum Wage Hikes Alive and Well

Lest we forget, the push for increased minimum wages continues around the country with two more being enacted within the past couple of weeks.  On the west coast, Oregon became the latest state to buy into it when the Oregon House passed Senate bill 1532 and Governor Kate Brown promised to sign it into law. …

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Oregon Latest to “Ban The Box”

The state of Oregon become the latest to pass legislation into law that restricts the ability of employers to ask applicants about past criminal convictions.  The measure (HB3025), signed into law by Oregon Governor Kate Brown last month, prohibits employers from excluding job applicants from an initial interview solely due to a past criminal conviction. …

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Sick Leave Contagious

Similar to the spread of the minimum wage push, the notion of mandating that businesses offer paid sick leave to all employees continues to surface around the country.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts a few weeks ago finalized its regulations mandating up to 40 hours paid sick leave per year for all employees (of companies with…

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Tennessee Law Blocks “Joint-Employer”

Fortunately, a number of states are not letting the out-of-control NLRB get too far out of line within their state borders.  Two weeks ago today, Tennessee took the lead when Governor Bill Haslam signed into law legislation (SB 0475 and HB 0757) clarifying that employees of franchisees cannot be considered employees of the franchisor for…

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Portland Campaign in Stereo!

Aside from the “Fight for 15” protests held this week and referenced above, we have two other locales to advise you of minimum wage initiatives.  On the west coast, a public hearing was held earlier this week in the Oregon State Capital on 10 bills pending in the legislature that would increase the minimum wage…

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What’s Brewing: Fair Franchising, Obamacare, Wage Hikes, Labor Pains

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners looking for some basic protections for their businesses may soon have legislation to rally around in a number of states across the country. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania and California, among other states, are poised to take up the fair-franchising cause as spring legislative seasons kick into gear. While the bills vary in…

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GMO Labeling in Oregon Headed to Recount

Well, now that all the votes have been counted and the results are in, the question of mandating labeling of “genetically modified organisms” (GMOs) is still not finalized in Oregon and will be the subject of an official recount, believed to be scheduled for December 12.  According to results at this point, State Ballot Measure…

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