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Rising minimum wage impacting Central Coast businesses

By   /  Friday, January 19th, 2018  /  Restaurants, right, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Rising minimum wage impacting Central Coast businesses

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Our view: Minimum wage hikes are hurting workers

By   /  Friday, June 30th, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Minimum wage hikes are hurting workers

California appears to be headed toward a political showdown over the $15 per hour minimum wage law. A widening chorus of restaurant chains, individual eatery owners, small businesses, nonprofits and even municipal and county governments are joining the call for a rethink of the $15 per hour timetable. We editorialized in the June 23rd edition Read More →

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Our view: Amazon’s bold bet will challenge tri-county farmers

By   /  Friday, June 23rd, 2017  /  Agribusiness, Editorials, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Our view: Amazon’s bold bet will challenge tri-county farmers

It’s not immediately clear how disruptive the merger of Amazon and Whole Foods will be to the global food supply chain. So far, the e-commerce giant has wreaked havoc in asymmetric directions. It disrupted the chain store concept for book sales but strengthened local vendors and sparked a surge of interest in book buying. It Read More →

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Minimum wage hike ‘cataclysmic’ for tri-county restaurants

By   /  Friday, May 26th, 2017  /  Latest news, Restaurants, Small Business, Top Stories, Tri-County Economy  /  Comments Off on Minimum wage hike ‘cataclysmic’ for tri-county restaurants

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Our view: Small businesses shine with plenty of support

By   /  Friday, May 19th, 2017  /  Editorials, Latest news, Opinion, Small Business  /  Comments Off on Our view: Small businesses shine with plenty of support

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Small Business Week than to provide a report on the state of entrepreneurship in our region. The good news is that a spirit of innovation continues to spark new startups, with much activity coming from business plan competitions and new workspaces like Impact Hub, the Read More →

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Trump nominates CKE’s Puzder for labor secretary

By   /  Thursday, December 8th, 2016  /  Latest news, Restaurants, Top Stories, Top Story  /  Comments Off on Trump nominates CKE’s Puzder for labor secretary

  President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants and subsidiaries Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, could pave the way toward business deregulation. While there are many layers to his appointment, Puzder has taken strong anti-labor stances, long decrying California’s minimum wage policy and other regulations that he claims have driven Read More →

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Judge’s block of federal overtime exemption rule great for California employers

By   /  Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016  /  Columns, Latest news, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Judge’s block of federal overtime exemption rule great for California employers

Henry Dubroff

It’s a rare event when a federal rule sets a higher pay standard than worker-friendly California. That’s part of the reason why I wondered whether a Department of Labor mandate to sharply raise the level for overtime exemption to $47,476 a year on Dec. 1 amounted to a war on small businesses. On Nov. 22, Read More →

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