Ballot Questions: Election Post-Mortem

It was an even split on election day for questions on keeping a tipped wage as Portland Maine voters resoundingly rejected a ballot proposal to eliminate the tipped wage and hike the minimum within the city to $18 per hour. Question D, as the initiative was known went down to defeat by a 61-39% margin.…

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2022 Ballot Questions: Right to Work

We’ve emphasized in this space before the importance of getting out to vote and that elections do indeed have consequences. As the 2022 midterm elections come into greater focus, it’s important to take a look around at some of the ballot initiatives that voters will be deciding in a few weeks. On many topics, Illinois…

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Tennessee Expands Mandatory E-Verify

Having amended its mandatory E-Verify law back in May when Governor Bill Lee signed HB 1853 into law, the state of Tennessee will require all private employers with at least 35 employees to use E-Verify and maintain E-Verify case results effective January 1, 2023. Currently, the Tennessee Lawful Employment Act, (TLEA) adopted in 2017 only…

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Trio of New Employment Laws

A trio of new laws took effect on July 1 in the state of Tennessee of which employers in the Volunteer State need to be aware. The laws address race-based discrimination, Veteran’s Day and the physical or mental deficiencies of workers. First off, the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act…

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Tennessee Lowers E-Verify Threshold

Early last month, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed HB 1853 into law and when he did, the threshold for mandatory use of the E-Verify system by private employers in the Volunteer State dropped from 50 to 35 employees. Effective on January 1, 2023, all employers in Tennessee with 35 or more employees will be required…

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What’s Brewing: Spring Regulations, Innovations & Automation, Unions, AB5 challenge

For two years, Dunkin’ franchisees have had to operate under unprecedented regulatory conditions due to the pandemic – from mandatory store shutdowns to proof-of-vaccination orders. But could the regulatory nightmare finally be coming to an end? It sure looks like it, based on political and coronavirus-immunity trends of late. Still, there will be no shortage…

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Unemployment in a Mandate Maze

In the chaos that results from conflicting vaccine mandates (federal, state & local) and some prohibitions thereof, the business community is left with little direction as to how to operate. As an case in point, at least four states – currently Florida, Iowa, Kansas and Tennessee – have enacted laws in recent weeks that allow…

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Federal Contractor Mandate Stayed

Similarly, the Biden vaccine mandate for federal contractors was also enjoined this week when a U.S District Court Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove in the Eastern District of Kentucky, granted a preliminary injunction early this week covering the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. Initially thought to only apply to contracts for services, it had been…

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Tennessee Bans Mask, Vax Mandates

Whether Governor Bill Lee signs the proposal into law or it survives federal pre-emption contained in the Biden administration OSHA ETS (above) remains to be seen, but Tennessee lawmakers plowed onward and passed a statewide ban on masks and vaccine mandates. The legislature concluded its special COVID-19 session by sending the ban on to the…

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