Missouri Business Headlines

Economic development leaders tout Missouri One Start

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Missouri One Start is a bold plan to simplify the state’s workforce training incentives into one easy system that’s friendly to job creators. During a Senate committee hearing on the idea, state and local economic development leaders said Missouri One Start could bolster their efforts to build a flexible, skilled workforce that will attract investment. […]

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Medical marijuana — bringing clarity to drug-free policies

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With the passage of Amendment 2 last fall, Missouri employers have been left wondering how the legalization of medical marijuana impacts workplace anti-drug policies. The amendment seemingly forbids workers from suing their employers if they come to work high on marijuana and then face disciplinary action. But beyond that, it’s unclear what employers need to […]

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Senate passes bill to protect Missouri franchises

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A bill to protect Missouri’s small franchise owners from being unfairly pulled into national lawsuits has been passed by the Senate. By a vote of 24-7, the Senate passed Senate Bill 38. The bill addresses a problem that began in 2015. That year, the National Labor Relations Board created legal peril for these small local […]

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Bringing transparency to asbestos litigation

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The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is supporting a bill that would stop trial lawyers from “double-dipping” in asbestos lawsuits. There is a growing concern that trial attorneys are utilizing asbestos trust resources while also suing companies that were peripheral to the asbestos exposure. “We have attorneys that are naming, say, hardware stores, plumbing […]

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Senate committee votes to protect arbitration

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A Missouri Senate committee has passed a bill to help preserve arbitration as a fair, low-cost tool that employers and employees can use to resolve disputes without turning to the courts. Missouri court decisions have eroded the system of arbitration and as a result, many of the workplace arbitration agreements that currently exist in Missouri […]

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House votes in favor of statewide PDMP

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A bill to establish a statewide prescription drug monitoring program found support in the Missouri House of Representatives on Feb. 6. Following a lengthy discussion, the House passed House Bill 188 by a vote of 110 to 43. Missouri is the only state in the nation that lacks a statewide monitoring program, often called a […]

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Gov. Parson welcomes Missouri Chamber Board of Directors

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On Feb. 6, Gov. Parson welcomed the Missouri Chamber Board of Directors to his office to share his vision for workforce development and infrastructure investment. “What we do in those two areas is going to determine where we’re going in the future of this state,” Parson said. He went on to discuss some of the […]

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Senate committee passes bill to protect franchises

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A bill to protect Missouri’s small franchise owners from being unfairly pulled into national lawsuits was passed by a Senate committee on Feb. 7. The Senate Small Business and Industry Committee voted 7-1 in favor of Senate Bill 38, sponsored by Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake St. Louis). The bill addresses a problem that began in […]

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Missouri Chamber welcomes new staff

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The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes Kara Corches and Ross Lien to the organization’s governmental affairs team. As Directors of Legislative Affairs, Corches and Lien join Vice President of Governmental Affairs Matt Panik in leading the Missouri Chamber’s efforts to protect and advance Missouri business by advocating for pro-business legislation and policy in […]

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Protecting arbitration in Missouri

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A Missouri Senate committee is considering a bill to help preserve arbitration as a fair, low-cost tool that employers and employees can use to resolve disputes without turning to the courts. Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, a Republican from Parkville, is sponsoring Senate bill 154. During a hearing on the bill, Sen. Luetkemeyer said the bill provides […]

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