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Dogs now allowed at Calif. restaurants and bars

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law lifting a ban on pets on eatery patios. Individual businesses still have the final say about whether to let dogs join human diners or not.

Four more New Jersey cities enact sick leave laws

Four more cities in the Garden State have approved paid sick leave measures that take effect Jan. 1. The controversial benefit is moving across the state city-by-city, even as lawmakers in Trenton eye measures to mandate paid sick leave from border to border.

Over the past year and a half, restaurateurs have been preparing for the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. That day is approaching very soon. Here's a recap of Obamacare news and updates.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a two-tiered hike to $10.50 for the state and $11.50 for New York City by the end of 2016.

A coalition that includes the state restaurant association is challenging Louisville’ increase in the minimum wage, arguing that the municipality is encroaching on the state’s authority.

The changes would provide slightly more leeway for compliance and protection against civil suits.

Recent updates to the Affordable Care Act brought relief. The employer mandate was delayed until 2016 for companies with 50 to 99 employees.

Restaurants that serve the city as a contractor or subcontractor will be required to pay at least $13 an hour under an executive order from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Pitched resistance from the state’s business community failed to halt the proposal.

Mayor Rahm Emanual has convened a special session of the City Council to vote on the increase before state legislature can approve an $11 hourly wage that pre-empts local hikes. The restaurant industry favors a single minimum for all areas in the state.

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