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Republican and Democrat senators stand up for employers in vaccine debate

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The Missouri Chamber today praised Senate Republican and Democrat leaders who voted down an amendment to ban workplace vaccine requirements that was offered by Sen. Bob Onder on an unrelated public construction bill on April 4. Specifically, the amendment would have given employees or prospective employees a cause of action against employers who have a […]

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Addressing predatory litigation lending

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The litigation lending industry is a financial practice that fuels lawsuits by providing “up-front” cash (with sky-high interest rates of up to 200 percent plus additional fees) to individual plaintiffs to cover their legal expenses. This practice tends to extend the life of litigation, which drives up the cost of litigation and the number of […]

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Committee approves bill jeopardizing intellectual property

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This week a Missouri House committee voted to approve a so-called “right to repair” bill with the intention of helping farmers repair their equipment — an idea that comes attached to a critical flaw that would force private companies to divulge proprietary technology and information. The Missouri Chamber is opposing House Bill 2402. The bill […]

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Closing the severance pay loophole to cut UI costs

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A loophole in state law is allowing some Missourians to access unemployment benefits that double up on compensation they received from their employer upon termination. The loophole relates to severance pay packages that help support terminated workers. More and more employers are providing severance pay, with one recent study showing that 64% of employers now […]

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More government overreach: Bill seeks to influence business firearms policies

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Continuing a concerning theme of government overreach, Senate lawmakers this week held a hearing on a bill seeking to influence private business policies relating to firearms. The Missouri Chamber remains opposed to federal or state-led efforts to trample on our system of free enterprise, including the concerning trend of Missouri lawmakers seeking to use state […]

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Regulatory sandbox proposed to help spur innovation

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With Missouri seeking to become a hub for tech and innovation growth, lawmakers are considering legislation to help nurture nascent business ideas in the state. The Regulatory Sandbox Act would allow the state to waive certain laws and regulations for a period of two years. Under the legislation, Businesses would request the waiver from a […]

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Standing up for employers in Senate vaccine debate

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With an all-night lobbying effort and a bold new media campaign, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is continuing to lead the charge against proposals to expand the government’s authority over employer vaccine policies. The debate over whether the government should override employer vaccine policies tied up the Senate floor during an all-night Senate […]

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School credit for on-the-job learning

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As businesses across Missouri continue to confront a workforce shortage, a Missouri Senate bill seeks to help by giving students an opportunity to earn credit from work experience. The Extended Learning Opportunities Act, Senate Bill 1051, would allow Missouri school districts to give credit toward graduation when students pursue opportunities like internships, apprenticeships and other […]

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Enhancing oversight of work comp judges

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Administrative law judges play a critical role in Missouri’s workers’ compensation system — including settling disputes over injury payments. However, under current state law, the judges themselves operate with very little oversight. A Missouri Senate committee has begun work on a bill that would help ensure the judges are competent and efficient in their work […]

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Member feature: McMahon Berger Adds Three Attorneys

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The following article was shared by Missouri Chamber member company McMahon Berger. Have a story to share? Contact Jacob Luecke at jluecke@mochamber.com St. Louis’ largest law firm dedicated to a labor and employment defense law practice is expanding by adding three attorneys. McMahon Berger’s primary focus is on representing private and public employers, associations, and […]

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