New York City Caps Delivery Fees

New York City didn’t file any lawsuits, but last week the City Council formally adopted a cap of 15% on third party delivery fees and sent the legislation to Mayor Bill de Blasio for his signature. The law, if signed by de Blasio as expected, will make permanent the 15% cap imposed last year on…

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New York City, Frisco Require Vaccine for Indoor Dining

The Big Apple and San Francisco are leading the charge to require vaccine “passports” in order to dine indoor at restaurants within the two cities. The New York dictate actually became effective this past Monday, August 16 however, formal enforcement is not set to begin until September 13. In response to the Executive Order by…

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Hazard Pay for Frontline Workers

If as the old sayings go, Orange is the new Black, and 50 is the new 40, then hazard pay for ‘frontline workers’ is the new paid sick leave. Currently the benefit – between $4 and $5 more an hour – is mostly limited to grocery workers, but some have already talked about the need…

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An Entrepreneurial Family

As a franchise broker in the San Francisco Bay area, Ellen Hui knows a thing or two about evaluating a good franchise opportunity. She helps potential buyers assess opportunities, get their financial house in order, and understand the big picture of different franchise organizations. She also provides business valuations for retiring franchise owners, helping them…

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When Is $1 Million not $1 Million?

For a number of years recently, the idea of imposing an additional tax on incomes over $1 million was all the rage across the political landscape. A handful of states – notably California in 2012, followed by Connecticut and New York along with Washington DC were quick to impose the new tax on “millionaires”. More…

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West Coast Wonders

Oakland joined California neighbors, San Francisco and Los Angeles this week, when it gave final approval to a Right to Recall ordinance that gives laid off employees in the restaurant and hospitality industries the specific right to get their job back when their employers reopen. The local mandates, which also apply to the airline, event…

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Paying for the Pandemic in Cities

City governments are constantly lamenting the loss of tax and other revenues and are now mapping plans to restore their revenue streams whether there’s more federal money or not. Too often, that means increased taxes for the business community.  As a case in point, amid widespread opposition, the DC Council preliminarily approved a FY21 budget…

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San Francisco Approves Vacancy Tax

Voters in San Francisco last week approved Proposition D, a ballot question that will punish commercial property owners with an additional tax for property left vacant for more than 6 months. The new tax measure, which required a two-thirds vote to be enacted was supported by over 69% of the voters in the City by…

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Minimum Wages Hikes Have an Impact

On the positive side of the ledger, one can point to the first increase in the median real wage for US workers in quite some time. But, there’s also a flip side to that coin, and it is taking a toll on restaurants in major cities such as New York City and San Francisco. The…

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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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