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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Restaurant Association have joined in a lawsuit against Seattle’s new $15-an-hour minimum wage ordinance

Powerful D.C. lobbies join fight against Seattle minimum wage Posted on August 13, 2014 | By Joel Connelly Two of the most powerful lobbies in Washington, D.C. — the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Restaurant Association — have joined in a lawsuit against Seattle’s new $15-an-hour minimum wage ordinance. The USCC and Restaurant Association are bedrocks

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Supreme Court ace challenges America’s highest minimum wage

Lawyer Paul Clement has argued 74 cases before the top court, often for right-wing clients. His latest target: Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law. When Seattle’s $15 per hour minimum wage became law in early June, Mayor Ed Murray received praise for brokering discussions between labor and business that gave the city the nation’s highest pay without an

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The Real Reason For The Seattle Minimum Wage Fight

FORBES OPINION By: Hector Barreto Small businesses in Seattle are fighting back against a minimum wage increase that will end up hurting both employers and workers alike. The city ordinance, which passed last month, raises the minimum wage in the city to $15 per hour over a period of seven years. Some businesses with over

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A small business by any other name is still a small business

By: Tariq Farid – Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Edible Arrangements June 29, 2014 One of the great rewards of creating a franchise such as Edible Arrangements® is that it has given so many people the opportunity to go into business for themselves, and chase their own version of the American Dream. In some

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Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Law Challenged On Ballot, In Court

By DEBORAH WANG Seattle’s new $15 an hour minimum wage is scheduled to start phasing in next April. But it first must survive several challenges, both in court and at the ballot box. Franchisees are challenging the law in court, and two separate groups are collecting signatures to put the law to a popular vote

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Minimum Wage Issue Pits Franchisees Against Cities

NEW YORK — Jun 25, 2014, 12:30 PM ET By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer Hundreds of franchisees are learning they’re not small businesses, at least in the eyes of city government. A new law that will raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 from the current $9.32 gives small businesses more time to phase

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Employers worry over effects of $15 wage law

Many businesses already are factoring in the higher wage costs as they plan for the future. Will they lay off workers or raise prices? Cut benefits and workers’ hours? Four businesses discuss their situation. By Amy Martinez Seattle Times business reporter All eyes are on Seattle as it moves toward a $15 minimum wage, the

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Businesses launch legal challenge to Seattle’s $15 minimum wage

By Dan Springer Published June 18, 2014 FoxNews.com     Many Seattle workers are about to see their income go way up, after the City Council unanimously passed a $15 minimum wage earlier this month. But faster than you can get a happy meal at McDonald’s, the ordinance is facing a legal challenge. “I guarantee

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Steve Caldeira, IFA President & CEO, Discusses Labor’s War on Franchisors

International Franchise Association President and CEO Steve Caldeira on why cities are arbitrarily discriminating against small businesses. Photo credit: Associated Press. Click here to view the video.

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Franchises are also small businesses when it comes to the minimum wage

Punishing small business owners who went into franchising is simply unfair in the new minimum wage law, writes guest columnist Matthew Hollek. By Matthew Hollek Special to The Times SEATTLE consumers win when businesses compete on an even playing field. Unfortunately, the Seattle City Council and Mayor Ed Murray’s minimum-wage ordinance, signed into law by

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