Philly Non-COVID Issues

Over the course of the past 15 or 16 months, COVID has rightly been in the forefront. Despite the importance of defeating that pandemic however, it is imperative that we continue to keep an eye on non-COVID related issues. In that vein, the city of Philadelphia recently passed an ordinance that prohibits employers from testing…

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City Mandates

Major cities across the country continue to pass new legislation on an array of issues with which you should be aware – possibly coming soon to a city near you! Starting out west again, Los Angeles this week passed an ordinance that will make disposable items such as plastic utensils and paper napkins available to…

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COVID Sick Leave Reinstated, Extended

As we (hopefully) get closer to putting the pandemic behind us, some states and cities just continue to expand coronavirus emergency measures impacting businesses. A tale of 2 cities – or more accurately, one city and one state – when it comes to expiration of the COVID-19 specific sick leave that was mandated at the…

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Independent Joe #66 February/March 2021

New Dunkin’ owner Inspire Brands is not only one of the largest restaurant companies in the world, it also wants to be a leader in the collection, analysis and use of data. To that end, Inspire’s CEO Paul Brown recently created a new corporate position. Navin Sharma, a senior executive with Inspire since 2018, is…

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All Around Biz Interruption Insurance

A Boston-based federal district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed last May by the Massachusetts-based high-end seafood chain, Legal Sea Foods. US District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton agreed with defendant Strathmore Insurance Company that the COVID-19 virus did not result in the requisite physical damage to Legal Sea Foods’ property, notwithstanding government ordered shutdowns…

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For Philadelphia’s Sonny Ho, the Brand Always Comes First

Black, with cream. Or without cream. With sugar, without sugar. “I drink my coffee any way. I drink the mistakes,” laughs Sonny Ho. There are some who say a person’s coffee order reveals a lot about their personality. In the case of Philadelphia franchisee Sonny Ho, it couldn’t be more accurate. Ho built his career…

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Coronavirus Restrictions, Limits and Closings

As we approach the end of 2020, (aka the year from Hell) we note a number of other order that some governors, mayors, county executive or other elected officials have mandated that we weren’t able to include elsewhere and thought it would be best to just run through them. In that vein, Philadelphia Mayor Jim…

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Do As I Say, Not As I Do

I suspect there aren’t many who haven’t seen the video of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the hair salon this past weekend – when hair salons were restricted from conducting any business inside their establishments – only outside hair dressing appointments were permitted by San Francisco but it was just one of several displays…

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Philadelphia Salary History Ban

The City of Brotherly Love officially joins the list of governments prohibiting private employers from asking prospective job applicants about their salary history at the beginning of the month. The Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance becomes effective on September 1 after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in February overturned a 2018 lower…

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Philly Enacts Whistleblower, Delivery Restrictions

The city of Brotherly Love has been approaching business needs from a completely different angle during the pandemic. Just over a month ago, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law the nation’s first COVID-19 whistleblower ordinance. The “Employee Protection in Connection with COVID-19 Emergency Health Order”, or the Essential Workers Protection Act as it has…

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