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New York City businesses struggle after minimum wage increase

Westlake Legal Group 2015-05-06T235725Z_1_LYNXMPEB4515G_-b3d2782f399b0510VgnVCM100000d7c1a8c0____ New York City businesses struggle after minimum wage increase The Wall Street Journal fox-news/travel/vacation-destinations/new-york-city fox-news/politics/regulation/business fnc/us fnc b93c9468-c3d4-5325-aa88-e11cede47c84 article Alexa St. John

More than six months after the $15 minimum wage went into effect in New York City, business leaders and owners say the increased labor costs have forced them to cut staff, eliminate work shifts and raise prices.

Many business owners said these changes were unintended consequences of the new minimum wage, which took effect at the beginning of the year.

Susannah Koteen, owner of Lido Restaurant in Harlem, said she worries about the impact raising wages could have on her restaurant, where she employs nearly 40 people. She hasn’t had to lay off anyone, but the increase has forced her to cut back on shifts and be more stringent about overtime. She said she changes her menu offerings seasonally and raises prices more often since the wage boost.

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“What it really forces you to do is make sure that nobody works more than 40 hours,” Ms. Koteen said. “You can only cut back so many people before the service starts to suffer.”

Ms. Koteen said she shelved plans to move her restaurant to a larger location. That would require her to hire more staff, and she isn’t willing to take the risk with the unpredictability of her business. “You would just have no choice but to cut people at the bottom,” she said.

In June, the city’s unemployment rate was 4.3%, compared with the state’s unemployment rate of 4%, according to the New York State Department of Labor. Both numbers have remained relatively steady during the past year.

New York City’s minimum wage has increased three times for employers with at least 11 employees in the past three years. At the end of 2016, the hourly rate rose to $11 from $9 an hour. In 2018, the minimum wage jumped to $13 from $11 an hour. The rate will increase to $15 an hour for employers with 10 or fewer workers at the end of 2019.

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The current federally mandated minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Other states have passed $15-minimum-wage legislation, including Massachusetts, California, Maryland, Illinois, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Anthony Advincula, spokesman for Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, which advocated for the $15 minimum wage, said there are other factors beyond higher wages that result in unsuccessful businesses, and owners shouldn’t blame the boost for their struggles.

“Increasing to $15 would reduce income inequality, and the number of individuals living in poverty now is ridiculously high,” he said. “This is not just a business issue, this is a race, gender, pay-equality issue.”

Sarah McNally, owner of McNally Jackson Books, employs 75 people at four shops in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Ms. McNally said she hasn’t cut hours or reduced the number of people she employs to mitigate the increase, but she is working to open two more shops and scale her workload to stay profitable.

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While Ms. McNally said she always has paid her employees at least $5 above minimum wage, January’s increase tightened that gap. “With raising minimum wage to living wage, it feels now like we’re at the bottom of the pay spectrum,” she said. “There’s absolutely no benefit to being a retail business in New York.”

Thomas Grech, president of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, said he has seen an uptick in small-business closures during the past six to nine months, and he attributed it to the minimum-wage legislation.

“They’re cutting their staff. They’re cutting their hours. They’re shutting down,” he said. “It’s not just the rent.”

Lisa Sorin, president of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, said Manhattan businesses and their customers can afford to pay more to compensate for the wage increase, while those in the surrounding boroughs probably couldn’t. “It’s almost like a whirlwind of keep up or get out,” Ms. Sorin said.

Restaurants and establishments with customer bases with less disposable income are challenged, but all are experiencing changes in customer habits regardless of borough, said Andrew Rigie, executive director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance.

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To mitigate the challenges restaurants face, Mr. Rigie said, local and state government should consider providing tax incentives to owners and preserve the tip credit, which allows restaurants to count some or all of an employee’s tips toward its minimum-wage obligations.

“Many people working in the restaurant industry wanted to work overtime hours, but due to the increase, many restaurants have cut back or totally eliminated any overtime work,” he said. “There’s only so much consumers are willing to pay for a burger or a bowl of pasta.”

This report was originally published in The Wall Street Journal.

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U.S. Soccer says women’s team has been paid more than men’s team

The U.S. Soccer Federation released a letter from its president Monday saying that it has paid the women’s national team more than the men’s national team in recent years, a move that comes ahead of mediation in the women’s team’s pay-equity lawsuit against its employer.

The pay analysis–which U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said was conducted by U.S. Soccer staff and reviewed by an accounting firm–will add fuel to a complex debate over how the federation has compensated its championship women’s national team.

The federation has faced increasing pressure from the public and Congress over the issue, especially since the U.S. women successfully defended their World Cup title earlier this month.

Corderio said the federation’s analysis showed that U.S. Soccer paid female players $34.1 million in salaries and game bonuses from 2010-2018, while paying the men $26.4 million during the same period. Women’s team members receive salaries plus bonuses and the men receive only bonuses, though larger ones, according to the letter.

The compensation structure for the two teams is different because of their respective collective-bargaining agreements and not because of gender, Cordeiro wrote.

Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman for the players, called the letter “a sad attempt by USSF to quell the overwhelming tide of support the USWNT has received from everyone from fans to sponsors to the United States Congress.”

The federation pays U.S. women’s team members per-game payments for national-team play along with professional-team salaries for playing in the National Women’s Soccer League, as all 23 members of the women’s World Cup team do. The federation doesn’t pay professional salaries for the men.

Levinson said the federation’s numbers “inappropriately include the NWSL salaries of the players to inflate the women’s players compensation. Any apples to apples comparison shows that the men earn far more than the women.”

When World Cup prize payments from FIFIA, the international governing body of soccer, are included, the U.S. men’s players were paid $41 million from 2010 through 2018 and the U.S. women $39.7 million, according to the letter. During that span, the men reached the round of 16 in 2010 and 2014 and failed to qualify for the 2018 tournament. The women won the 2015 World Cup and finished second in 2011.

FIFA’s total prize money for the 2018 men’s World Cup was $400 million. For the 2019 Women’s World Cup, it was $30 million.

Cordeiro wrote that the federation has mostly refrained from commenting on the March 8 lawsuit and pay issues to focus on the World Cup, which kicked off June 7.

“Just as our WNT players have shared their perspective, I strongly believe that you—as U.S. Soccer members, stakeholders, sponsors and partners—deserve to hear ours,” he wrote.

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Soon after holding a conference call with reporters about the letter late Monday afternoon, Cordeiro emailed the women’s players and wrote that, “pressure has been building from Congress, the media, and even our longstanding sponsors, not to mention our own Federation members, asking questions,” according to a source familiar with the situation.

The federation’s Monday statement came close on the heels of the euphoria generated by the U.S. women’s team’s July 7 victory over the Netherlands for its second consecutive World Cup title and fourth title overall. The victory spurred chants of “equal pay” at the final in Lyon, France, and again at a ticker-tape parade held for the team in New York a few days later.

U.S. Soccer and its women’s team soon will head into mediation over the lawsuit filed by all 28 members of the U.S. women’s national team player pool. The suit alleges that the federation illegally pays the women less than the men, despite the women’s superior results. The men haven’t won a World Cup.

The federation pays the members of the U.S. women’s team a $100,000 base salary and $67,500-$72,500 annually to play in the NWSL, according to its Monday letter. The U.S. women also can earn bonuses for playing in national-team games.

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The federation didn’t release information about the men’s bonus structure.

From 2009-2019, the women’s national team brought in an average of $425,446 per game and the men’s team an average of $972,147 per game, according to the letter.

This article was originally published by The Wall Street Journal.

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Capital One data breach exposes info of 106M customers, applicants; suspect arrested

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Capital One Financial Corp., the fifth-largest U.S. credit-card issuer, said Monday that a hacker accessed the personal information of approximately 106 million card customers and applicants, one of the largest ever data breaches of a big bank.

The announcement came the same day the alleged hacker, Paige A. Thompson, was arrested by federal agents in Seattle.

The bulk of the exposed data involves information submitted by customers and small businesses in their applications for Capital One credit cards from 2005 through early 2019, the bank said. The information included addresses, dates of birth and self-reported income.

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The breach compromised approximately 140,000 Social Security numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers, as well as some customers’ credit scores and transaction data, according to the bank.

Ms. Thompson is a former employee of Amazon Web Services Inc., the cloud-computing division of Amazon.com Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. The criminal complaint says Ms. Thompson’s resume showed she worked at a cloud-computing company, which the government didn’t identify by name, as a systems engineer from 2015 to 2016.

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Netflix removes suicide scene from ‘13 Reasons Why’ following debate

Netflix Inc. removed a suicide scene from an episode of the first season of its popular teen drama “13 Reasons Why,” following a debate over whether the show increased the risk of teen suicide.

Based on the book of the same name, “13 Reasons Why” is about a depressed high-school girl who takes her own life and sends a classmate a tape explaining why she did it and who she blames.

In the final episode of the first season—the story is told in flashback—the protagonist Hannah is shown slitting her wrists in the bathtub.

While a Netflix spokesman declined to comment, the company tweeted early Tuesday that, on the advice of medical experts, it decided to edit the scene from the episode. The show is produced by Viacom Inc. ’s Paramount Television unit, which supported the decision to remove the scene, a person close to the show said.

“13 Reasons Why” has been praised by critics but criticized by health advocates and some media watchdogs who fear it glorifies suicide. The show, which premiered in March 2017, is set to start its third season this year.

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health suggested that “13 Reasons Why” was a factor in a rise in teen suicides. The study found that the suicide rate among people 10 to 17 went up by nearly a third in April 2017, the month after the show launched on Netflix. Some school officials issued warnings and guidance to parents about the show.

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At the time of the study, a Netflix spokesman said, “It’s a critically important topic, and we have worked hard to ensure that we handle this sensitive issue responsibly.”

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New York City proposes building new jails with more ‘welcoming’ experience

The four jails that New York City wants to build to replace its Rikers Island facility will have cells with natural sunlight, space for programming and a children’s play area, officials said Wednesday.

During a public hearing on Wednesday, city officials presented design highlights of the four proposed jails to the City Planning Commission as a part of the next phase of the project’s approval process. The new jails, which would be built in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, are a part of a larger plan by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration to close all of the jail facilities on Rikers Island by 2026. The city has allocated $8.7 billion for the project.

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New York City officials have proposed four new jails that will serve as an alternative to the jail facilities on Rikers Island.  (Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice)

The City Planning Commission will vote on the proposal later this summer. If approved, the proposal would head to the New York City Council for a vote.

Cynthia Brann, commissioner of the Department of Correction, displayed a rendering of the facilities that showed a large dayroom surrounded by jail cells, all bathed in sunlight. She said inmates would also have direct access to outdoor recreation spaces.

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“Our current facilities are designed for a different era of corrections,” Ms. Brann said. “Modern jails have all of these designs in them, and that is what we are going forward with.”

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The jails will provide visitors with a more “welcoming” experience, said Ms. Brann. The lobby would have information desks and kiosks, a place to pay bail and an area for children to play while waiting to visit inmates.

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Russia withdraws key defense advisers support to Maduro, seen as major setback

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Russia has withdrawn key defense advisers from Venezuela, an embarrassment for President Nicolás Maduro as Moscow weighs the leader’s political and economic resilience against growing U.S. pressure.

Russian state defense contractor Rostec, which has trained Venezuelan troops and advised on securing arms contracts, has cut its staff in Venezuela to just a few dozen, from about 1,000 at the height of cooperation between Moscow and Caracas several years ago, said a person close to the Russian defense ministry.

The gradual pullout, which has escalated over the last several months, according to people familiar with the situation, is due to a lack of new contracts and the acceptance that Mr. Maduro’s regime no longer has the cash to continue to pay for other Rostec services associated with past contracts.

Russia has been among Maduro’s biggest international supporters, but the winding down of Rostec’s presence shows the limits of Russia’s reach in the South American country at a time when Moscow is facing economic difficulties—in part due to the impact of U.S. sanctions—at home. Venezuela has been one of Moscow’s largest customers in South America.

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Rostec’s withdrawal of permanent and temporary employees is a major setback for Maduro, who has frequently touted assistance support from Russia and China as a sign that other global powers are willing to assist him in his bitter standoff against the U.S. Russian military support has been central to Mr. Maduro’s pledge to defend Venezuela from any foreign invasion.

His government’s inability to pay Rostec also reflects the economic calamity gripping the country. The Maduro government didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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In Shocking, Unprecedented Turns of Events, That “Trump Hid the USS John McCain Story” Ends Up Being Fake News

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Just to go ahead and spoil things, the beginning of that headline is sarcasm. But seriously, how many times do we have to do this crap?

I have a general rule with sensational Trump stories. Wait 24 hours before giving them any credence. The typically flow goes like this: Media outlet makes incredible claim painting Trump as evil incarnate. Every network picks it up and it’s also repeated by certain conservative accounts that must constantly let us know how fair and open-minded they are. Twelve hours or so passes and the story turns out to be anywhere for 0%-20% true and completely out context. Everyone moves on to the next faux outrage. Rinse, repeat.

This latest story about Trump supposedly trying to hide the USS John McCain followed that cycle exactly.

As Elizabeth Vaughn covered this morning, the WSJ first reported on the story as a exclusive bombshell showing just how petty and gross Trump is. I mean, how could he possibly ask the Navy to hide the U.S.S. John McCain when the guy is dead. Let him rest in peace, am I right?

Yeah, well except it was nearly 100% fake news.

After it became apparent that Trump had not actually ordered the Navy to hide the USS McCain so he wouldn’t have to be triggered by it, the media immediately started to move the goalposts.

No, it doesn’t raise any questions. At all.

“Well, Trump didn’t know anything about it but, man, he’s still awful isn’t it?” is essentially the premise behind that Times piece.

So what’s the real story?

In actuality, a staffer made a single line request in an email. Trump knew nothing about it, the Navy had the ship in full sight during the ceremony anyway, and no one was upset about anything that happened. The likely reason for the original request was to avoid any ironic photos being taken that would then make the media rounds. It almost certainly had nothing to do with Trump not being able to handle reading “John McCain” on the side of a boat.

Now, compare that to the initial story and the avalanche of media outrage it perpetrated.

I’ll also note that several big name conservatives fell for this garbage story (including some I really like), taking shots at Trump over it. Question: Have they learned nothing at this point?

I won’t name names because I don’t think it’s beneficial at this point, but if any of them happen to stumble across this post, I’d suggest taking a few hours next time before responding. You don’t have to virtue signal your open-mindedness immediately anytime a story like this pops up. It harkens back to the Covington Catholic incident, where a laundry list of conservatives rushed to condemn the teenagers, only having to issue apologies later.

Just wait next time, seriously.

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India investigates Google for suspected Android abuse

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India’s antitrust watchdog is investigating whether Alphabet Inc.’s Google used its Android platform to block rivals, New Delhi’s latest move to try to tamp down American tech behemoths.

The investigation launched by the Competition Commission of India resembles a case last year in which the European Union fined Google $4.87 billion for what it said was abuse of its dominant Android mobile operating system to boost its own business, according to an Indian government official with knowledge of the matter.

The case is another example of antitrust authorities in many parts of the world taking cues from the EU, which has been investigating Google for nearly a decade.

“We have consulted the EU and the U.S. on the matter, and decided to move forward with the investigation as primary scrutiny suggests abuse by Google,” said the official, who declined to be identified.

The EU last year ordered Google to stop making phone manufacturers pre-install its search app and the Chrome web browser if they want to pre-install Google’s Play store, the dominant way to download Android apps.

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“Android has enabled millions of Indians to connect to the internet by making mobile devices more affordable,” said a Google spokesman. “We look forward to working with the Competition Commission of India to demonstrate how Android has led to more competition and innovation, not less,” the spokesman said.

The Indian authorities expect to complete the investigation in the next few months, during which they would summon Google executives, said the official. The probe was earlier reported by Reuters on Friday. Further details about the complaint leading to the investigation couldn’t be determined.

CCI Chairman Ashok Gupta declined to comment on the matter. CCI Secretary P.K Singh didn’t answer calls and emails seeking comment. A spokesman for the Indian Finance Ministry declined to comment.

The CCI last year fined Google 1.36 billion rupees ($19 million) for what it said was an abuse of its role as the country’s top search engine to favor its own services.

Hoping to match China’s success at sheltering and promoting its domestic tech titans, Indian policy makers have been discussing ways to restrict American tech companies in what many consider the world’s biggest untapped tech market.

Amazon.com Inc . has grown rapidly in India, where it is investing $5 billion. Walmart Inc.last year bought Flipkart, India’s biggest domestic online shopping firm, for $16 billion, its largest acquisition ever. Facebook Inc. and its WhatsApp messaging service, along with Netflix Inc. and Google’s YouTube, are among the country’s most used apps.

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Leaked letters reveal details of NRA chief’s alleged spending

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National Rifle Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre billed the group’s ad agency $39,000 for one day of shopping at a Beverly Hills clothing boutique, $18,300 for a car and driver in Europe and had the agency cover $13,800 in rent for a summer intern, according to newly revealed NRA internal documents.

The documents, posted anonymously on the internet, provide new details of the clothing, travel and other expenses totaling more than $542,000 that Ackerman McQueen Inc. alleges Mr. LaPierre billed to it.

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The travel expenses allegedly include more than $200,000 in “Air Transportation” costs during a one-month period in late 2012 and early 2013, in part related to a two-week trip over Christmas to the Bahamas by Mr. LaPierre.

The additional details behind the ad agency’s claims comes as Mr. LaPierre faces internal scrutiny at the NRA over his expenses amid an extraordinary falling-out between the NRA and Ackerman McQueen.

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The NRA released a statement from Carolyn Meadows, its new president, who said the “entire board is fully aware of these issues. We have full confidence in Wayne LaPierre.” She added that “it is troubling and pathetic that some people would resort to leaking information to advance their agendas.”

Mr. LaPierre didn’t respond to a request for comment sent through the NRA.

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Kimberley Strassel: Nadler, Pelosi claim a ‘constitutional crisis’ but it’s really red-meat politics, America

Westlake Legal Group kimberley-strassel-nadler-pelosi-claim-a-constitutional-crisis-but-its-really-red-meat-politics-america Kimberley Strassel: Nadler, Pelosi claim a 'constitutional crisis' but it's really red-meat politics, America The Wall Street Journal Kimberley A. Strassel fox-news/opinion fox-news/news-events/russia-investigation fnc/opinion fnc f93e8a4c-e65a-522f-9373-b37e74177fb6 article
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Don’t think this week’s headlines about contempt of Congress and impeachment are about anything so serious as contempt of Congress or impeachment—never mind the “constitutional crisis” Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared Thursday. This is red-meat politics.

The House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt. It demands Mr. Barr turn over an unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, as well as “all documents obtained and investigative materials created by” Mr. Mueller’s office.

What does Mr. Nadler want, if not information? He wants the fight; he wants a show.  Mrs. Pelosi prefers to avoid impeachment, for fear of public blowback. But she and her team need desperately to feed the angry progressive masses, to demonstrate that they are taking it to the Trump team.

Chairman Jerrold Nadler also threatened to hold former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt if he doesn’t testify. Mrs. Pelosi spent all week meditating on the prospect of impeaching President Trump, accusing him of “obstruction, obstruction, obstruction,” and even declaring him “self-impeachable,” whatever that means.

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Mr. Nadler insists the point of his subpoena fusillade is to obtain “evidence” as part of his “investigation” into “abuses of power” by Mr. Trump. This is obviously untrue, as evidenced by Mr. Nadler’s dogged, daily efforts to make sure he does not obtain any information of value.

Keep reading Kimberley Strassel’s column in the Wall Street Journal.

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