Philadelphia Business Owner Bill of Rights

Speaking of Pennsylvania, there appears to be some good news coming out of the City of Brotherly Love lately – file under the heading: Man Bites Dog!  Specifically, we refer to the recent implementation of the Business Owners Bill of Rights. The effort is positioned as a commitment by the city of Philadelphia to improve…

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Cashless Store, Plastic Bag Bans

Effective July 1, the city of Philadelphia will join San Francisco in banning cashless stores from operating within the city. But even before the ban takes effect next week, some problems surfaced with a few state agencies not being able to accept cash at that time. Notwithstanding, the city will enforce the new law against…

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Philadelphia Passes “Just Cause”

On a vote of 12-4, the Philadelphia City Council passed a just cause termination ordinance yesterday that would mandate that employers of parking employees must give a “just” cause or reason for terminating an employee, effectively outlawing “at will” employment in the City of Brotherly Love! Currently, the ordinance, which was filed by District 9…

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Going Cashless

As technology continues its unrelenting march forward, it is logical to envision more and more retail outlets and restaurants transitioning to cashless sales – even within brick-and-mortar stores. Well, that trend was just nipped in the bud in Philadelphia two weeks ago when the city council gave the final OK to a new ban on…

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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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