New Jersey Does Pay Equity & Sick Leave

In the past two weeks, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed two bills into law that his predecessor, Republican Chris Christie, had held at bay for years. The Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act cleared the legislature earlier in April and Murphy, who had campaigned on the issue, made good on his promise to…

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Pushing Paid Sick Leave

In the other Portland – that would be Portland, Maine – city councilors are considering adopting an ordinance that would mandate paid sick leave benefits for workers at the expense of all employers. Under the current draft of the law, all employees – full-time, part-time and seasonal – would have the right to earn up…

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Employment Law Enforcement Office

Believe me when I tell you, nothing good will come out of a proposal in the Chicago Board of Alderman to create a new Office of Labor Standards that would be charged with enforcing minimum wage and paid sick leave laws in the Windy City. Alderman Ameya Pawar is the lead sponsor among 35 others…

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Maryland Passes Tax Credits As Session Ends

The Maryland legislature adjourned the current session on Monday of this week, but not before passing Governor Larry Hogan’s sick leave tax credit program. Governor Hogan vetoed Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (mandated sick leave) passed at the end of last session, but his veto was quickly overridden by the democrat-dominated legislature at the beginning…

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Paid Leave Updates

The push to add paid leave options in different states is staying in the forefront each week. Just yesterday, a public hearing was held in the New Hampshire state senate on House bill 628, legislation that would create a sick leave insurance plan with an opt-out option. As drafted, the insurance would provide up to…

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Paid Leave Still Percolating

It won’t go away anytime soon, so we should be aware and prepared to fight proposals to mandate additional paid leave for employees. Advocates are not resting as evidenced by the fact that the Austin Texas City Council passed a new paid leave mandate just last week. Under the provisions of the bill, which passed…

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Sick Leave -No Delay in MD, No Changes in DC

It turns out that the Maryland House of Delegates would not follow the state senate and delay the implementation of the paid sick leave law in Maryland, letting it take effect as scheduled last Sunday. After serious lobbying by the business community, the senate had agreed to postpone the mandate until July in order to…

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Competitor News

Starbucks had a very difficult reception on Wall Street to its sales and earnings narrative released yesterday. Q1 US same store sales was plus 2, all average ticket, and zero traffic gains from last year. They repeated a now familiar story of weak afternoon and evening business, and declining foot traffic of units inside some…

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What’s Brewing: NLRB, H-2B summer visas, Soda tax, Wages headed up, Sick leave

Good old 2017 ended with a bang, with the Trump Administration making good on its promises to axe a controversial ruling that Dunkin’ and other franchise owners have argued undermines the very foundations of franchising. The National Labor Relations Board has dumped the Obama-era joint-employer rule, which had sowed confusion and stirred fears of unionization…

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Maryland Overrides & Adopts Paid Leave

We advised as recently as last week that Maryland could be next up in mandating paid sick leave for private employees and that caution became reality last week. The Maryland state senate followed the lead of the House of Delegates and overrode the veto of Governor Larry Hogan on legislation mandating paid sick leave for…

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