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Pittsburgh Paid Sick Leave Law Effective Date Delayed

While the City of Pittsburgh previously announced that its Paid Sick Days Act (“PSDA”) would become effective on January 11, 2016, a Court order, as part of a lawsuit against the City challenging the validity of the PSDA, has...more

Marijuana Regulations Growing Like Weeds in California

Although California legalized medical marijuana in 1996, cities have differed widely in their response to medical marijuana dispensaries. Recently, Newport Beach joined Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills, Anaheim and Rancho Santa...more

Lexington Approves Local Minimum Wage Ordinance

Per the Bluegrass Hospitality Association: - “As you have probably already heard, the local minimum wage ordinance was approved by Council (9 to 6) at last night’s meeting....more

Calling in Sick: Pittsburgh Sick Leave Law Delayed Until March

March 10, 2016 is the current targeted effective date for an ordinance passed by Pittsburgh’s City Council requiring most city businesses to provide sick leave to full-time and part-time employees. Implementation of the...more

Denver City Council Advances Construction Defect Ordinance

The Denver City Council on November 16, 2015 unanimously approved the first reading of a construction defect action reform ordinance designed to spur condominium development in Denver. Like Lakewood and other metro-area...more

If A Tree Falls In The (Urban) Forest … Does CEQA Apply? Sixth District Holds City Of Santa Cruz’s Amendment Of Tree Protection...

When California local governments stretch their resources too far to regulate private conduct and property rights in the name of environmental protection, CEQA can make it quite onerous to undo what has been done. And one can...more

2015 Elections — Roundup of Employment-Related Ballot Initiatives

Local governments or voters often pass statutes or ordinances on employment-related subjects that require employers to ensure that their policies are compliant not just on a state-by-state basis, but even on a city-by-city or...more

Sound and Savvy Operational Solutions to Offsetting the Increased Minimum Hotel Wage

In the last issue, we discussed the Los Angeles City Council’s approval of a Citywide Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance, which required establishments with at least 300 guest rooms to raise their minimum wage to $15.37 by...more

Elizabeth Poised to Become the Tenth Municipality in New Jersey to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

Voters in Elizabeth, New Jersey overwhelmingly approved a public question on the ballot requiring private-sector employers in the city to provide paid sick leave to their employees. Elizabeth follows the lead of multiple...more

Transportation Benefits Coming to D.C. Employees in 2016

In July 2014, the Council of the District of Columbia adopted and the then-mayor signed the Sustainable DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2014, DC Law 20-385. The Act, among other things, brought about regulations and rules...more

The City of Sacramento Votes to Increase the Minimum Wage

V Goretsky © 123RF.com  In a 6-3 vote, the Sacramento City Council passed an ordinance to raise the minimum wage in gradual increases. The wage will go to $10.50 by 2017; $11 by 2018; $11.75 by 2019; and $12.50 by 2020. Small...more

Chicago Mayor’s Tax-Heavy Budget Passes: Lease and Amusement Tax Implications

Last week the Chicago City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2016 revenue ordinance as part of his tax-laden budget proposal. The revenue ordinance included noteworthy changes to the personal property lease transaction...more

Sacramento Becomes the Latest City in California to Adopt a Local Minimum Wage

Joining over a dozen other California cities that have adopted or are considering adopting a local minimum wage, the Sacramento City Council has voted to approve an ordinance that will raise the City’s minimum wage. Under the...more

Lake County, Florida Impact Fees to Increase

Beginning January 11, 2016, Lake County educational impact fees will increase to $9,324.00 for single family units, $8,045.00 for multi-family units and $5,856.00 for mobile homes located within mobile homes parks....more

Jersey City, New Jersey Expands Paid Sick Leave

The Jersey City Council voted to expand the scope of the City’s existing sick leave ordinance on October 29, 2015. Under the Ordinance as amended, employers with less than 10 employees now will be required to provide...more

Pittsburgh Sick Leave Delayed Until At Least March 10, 2016 To Allow Court Challenge

On October 22, 2015, Court of Common Pleas Judge Joseph James signed an order staying “implementation, application and enforcement” of the new Pittsburgh sick leave ordinance for 60 days. The ordinance is facing a court...more

Jersey City Council Votes To Require Business Owners to Provide Paid Sick Leave To Employees Regardless of Size

On October 28, 2015, the Jersey City Council voted 7-1-1 to adopt Ordinance No. 15.145 which requires employers with fewer than 10 employees, including part time and temporary employees who work at least 80 hours, to provide...more

City of Chicago to Tax Assignments of Mortgages

Recently the City of Chicago’s Department of Finance issued Real Property Transfer Tax Ruling #4, which clarifies the intent of the City’s Real Property Transfer Tax. The ruling details the application of the exemptions to...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Strikes Down Ordinance Banning Disposal of Wastewater as Unconstitutional

In Pennsylvania General Energy Co. L.L.C. v. Grant Township, Magistrate Judge Susan P. Baxter of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, in an unpublished opinion, held that several...more

Minimum Wage Increases: Not a Simple Topic for Discussion

On October 15th, 2015, I was part of a panel/roundtable discussion regarding minimum wages. The panel was presented by the Government Affairs Committee of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce at the request of the City of...more

Absent Timely Local Processing, New California Law Automatically Approves Applications for New Cell Sites and Large Colocations

Municipalities Should Ensure They Will Be in Compliance - A new California law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday deems approved an application for new wireless towers and facilities and some colocations. The law...more

Judge Stops St. Louis Minimum Wage Increase Due to State Law

Judge Steven Ohmer of the St. Louis Circuit Court on Wednesday stopped the city's planned minimum wage increase from taking effect because it violates state law. As such, the minimum wage rate in St. Louis and in all of...more

Los Angeles City Council Approves Major Earthquake Retrofitting Ordinance

On October 9th, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 to approve an ordinance requiring mandatory earthquake retrofitting for thousands of buildings in Los Angeles. The ordinance comes nearly a year after the publication of...more

St. Louis Minimum Wage Hike Struck Down at the 11th Hour

Hours before a St. Louis ordinance increasing the city’s minimum wage was set to take effect, St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Steven Ohmer struck down the ordinance. The ordinance, which was passed on August 28, with an...more

St. Louis Minimum Wage Ordinance Scheduled to Take Effect Thursday

The minimum wage for workers working within the city limits of St. Louis will increase from $7.65 per hour to $8.25 per hour on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, if the raise is not blocked by court order. Pursuant to St. Louis City...more

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