Janus Decision Hitting Public Employee Unions Hard

Public employee unions around the country must now comply with SCOTUS’ Janus decision, prohibiting the collection of “fair share” fees from employees that choose not to belong to the union. In direct response, some of the larger public unions in the nation are losing big money causing the unions to rethink their priorities. A couple…

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What’s Brewing: Sick Leave, Soda Wars, Rising Wages

Looks like it could be a long, hot and potentially expensive summer for Dunkin’ and other quick service franchise owners around the country. Several states and cities hiked their minimum wage on July 1, with a few now even pushing past the much ballyhooed $15 an hour mark. Activists pushing for sick leave mandates are…

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Pennsylvania Proposes Doubling Overtime Threshold

Although Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced his plans to increase the overtime threshold back in January of this year, the state Department of Labor and Industries (DLI) didn’t get around to it until last week – but they certainly made up for the delay. On June 12, DLI issued a proposed regulation that amends the…

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SCOTUS Rejects Other Joint Employer Case

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) missed an opportunity to put the issue to bed once and for all this week when the court announced that it would not take up a case addressing whether DirecTV is a joint employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act. By rejecting the Petition for a Writ…

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Soda Tax Going Flat in PA

The City of Brotherly Love passed a special tax on sugary beverages back in June of 2016 with many promises from Mayor Jim Kenney about the money the levy would generate without hurting Philadelphia businesses. It now seems he was wrong on both counts! We’ve advised in the past how the money the tax has…

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Minimum Wages Targeted/Vetoed/Filed

No matter which state one is talking about, the question of minimum wages is either at the political forefront or soon to be. As a case in point, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Fight for $15 (but I repeat myself) will announce on Labor Day, a campaign to target elected officials who…

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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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Different Views of Soda Taxes, Predictive Scheduling

Despite the fact that revenues from the Philadelphia soda tax appear to have been overpromised and are now under-delivering, and the roll-out of the new soda tax in Cook County, Illinois was an unmitigated disaster, the idea continues to grow in popularity. This week, Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Revenue took testimony on a new…

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Right to Work

Pennsylvania lawmakers may be looking at correcting the Philadelphia soda tax debacle, but the Pennsylvania Governor is apparently focused more on pleasing the labor unions in the Keystone State. Governor Tom Wolf headlined a rally in Harrisburg this week with the state Conference of Teamsters to oppose a couple of right to work proposals moving…

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Pennsylvania Offers Tax Amnesty

Taking a different view on the sanctity of tax dollars, the state of Pennsylvania has a two month tax amnesty program currently in place for those who may have, eh, um “miscalculated” their state tax obligation in prior years. The program, which began in late April, allows eligible individuals and businesses to apply to pay…

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