Cities/States Banning Cashless Stores

Within the past few weeks, both the city of Philadelphia and the state of New Jersey passed legislation mandating that retail establishments not refuse to accept payment in the form of cash. Opponents of cashless stores contend that enough people do not have credit cards or bank accounts to justify the legislation as a means…

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Philadelphia Mayor Signs Fair Workweek

Speaking of an anti-business bent, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney did as expected this week and signed the new Fair Workweek ordinance into law. The law, modeled in many ways after New York City’s predictive scheduling mandate, requires businesses with 250 employees and more than 30 locations worlwide (franchises included) to give at least 10 days’…

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Philadelphia Passes Fair Workweek Law

Just one week ago, the city of Philadelphia passed the so-called Fair Workweek legislation along with an ordinance raising the minimum wage for all city workers, contractors and subcontractors to $15/hour. Over the strong objections of business interests – read the Restaurant Association opposition letter – the city council voted 14-3 to pass the predictive…

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“Fair Workweek” Proposals Spreading

Not unlike the waves from minimum wage battles, consideration of so-called Fair Workweek legislation is also spreading across the nation. Fair workweek laws generally provide that employers provide workers with a minimum (usually 10 – 14 days) period of notice of their work schedule and any deviation from that schedule requires an additional “predictability payment”…

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Soda Taxes Done, Council Looks at Scheduling

With its egregious soda tax legislation having been ratified by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court a few months ago, the Philadelphia City Council has now turned its eye to another business-killing idea. They announced they’ll hold a public hearing on October 30 to review restrictive scheduling legislation pending before the body. The legislation, introduced back in…

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Predictive Scheduling Surfaces in Phila.

It has become the law in a number of California localities, as well as Seattle and New York City and most recently, the state of Oregon (where it becomes effective July 1), but now the city of Philadelphia is seemingly the latest to consider adopting a so-called Fair Workweek law. Philadelphia Councilor Helen Gym filed…

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Court Tosses Salary History Ban

Although perhaps somewhat limited in its application, a federal judge in Pennsylvania has blocked the city of Philadelphia from implementing a ban on inquiries into a job applicant’s salary history. In a lawsuit brought by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, US District Court Judge Michael Goldberg gave a win to both the Chamber…

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What’s Brewing: Joint-employer, Menu labeling, Minimum wage, Soda tax

The more things change the more they stay the same. That’s the theme when it comes to a couple of critical federal regulations that have the potential to have a big impact on the bottom line of the quick service industry. Victory celebrations over the rollback of the joint-employer rule turned out to be short-lived,…

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“Fair Workplace” Movement

The phrase has its roots in New York City, but now so-called “fair workplace” bills are under serious consideration in the state of Connecticut as well as the city of Philadelphia. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announced his support for a slate of “fair workplace” bills that includes expanding the state’s paid family and medical leave…

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