New Laws Set For Late July – August

As we advised a few weeks ago, there are an array of new laws taking effect over these summer months and we want to be sure that you are aware of the impending changes. So, those of you with business interests in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, North Dakota, Washington and Texas may want to keep reading.…

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Getting Sick of Paid Leave?

With the upcoming turn of the calendar, a host of new cities and states will mandate paid leave for employees of private businesses. The new paid sick leave law in Washington state becomes effective on January 1 and is structured as somewhat of a government-sponsored “insurance” program, funded in part by employers with monies deducted…

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Stopping More Soda Taxes

Out in the “other Washington” (that would be the state), voters in November will be asked to prohibit local communities from imposing additional taxes on groceries including soda or other sugary beverages. If passed, Initiative 1634 would not affect Seattle’s tax on soda, syrups and sugary beverages of 1.75 cents per ounce, but it will…

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Soda Tax Preemption in Washington

Voters in Washington State will have the opportunity to do the same thing that California legislators did a few months ago when I-1634 is on the ballot in November. Initiative-1634 is an initiative petition that would prohibit local communities from levying new or increased taxes, fees or assessments on raw or processed foods, beverages, or…

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Soda Tax Issues Go To Voters

Soda taxes have been challenged by business interests across the country and have largely been given the judicial green light more often than not. In at least two jurisdictions over the next few months, questions surrounding the tax will go before the voters over different issues. First, in Boulder Colorado, which implemented a 2 cents-per-ounce levy…

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Washington “Bans the Box”

The state of Washington became the latest to outlaw prospective employers from inquiring about the criminal history of job applicants until they have been determined eligible for the job. Governor Jay Inslee (D) signed House bill 1298, also known as the Fair Chance Act into law last week, just days after the legislature adjourned for…

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Paid Leave Laws Too

In a similar vein, we’ve advised in past weeks of the new Paid Family Leave Law that took effect in New York this week. When it phases in fully in 2021, the law will require employers to provide 12 weeks paid leave at 67% of salary for employees to care for new children or sick…

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Paid Sick Leave State Laws

On the subject of paid sick leave, as the trend of government mandating employee benefits for private employees continues – and specifically, paid family medical or sick leave – we found this Business Journal article particularly helpful in understanding who does and does not require paid leave as well as which states and or municipalities…

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Arizona, Washington Enact Sick Leave

As evidence of the above comment, the states of Arizona and Washington added themselves to the litany of states mandating that private employers provide paid leave to their employers. In Washington, Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law earlier this week that provides eligible employees with 12 weeks of paid time off for the…

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Minimum Wage Redux?

We advised months ago that the voter-approved minimum wage hike in the state of Maine was going to be reconsidered by the legislature and in fact, a raucous public hearing was held this week in Augusta for just that purpose. Media reports claim that between “dozens” and “hundreds” (we don’t know which is the ‘fake…

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