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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SCOTUS Rejects Other Joint Employer Case

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) missed an opportunity to put the issue to bed once and for all this week when the court announced that it would not take up a case addressing whether DirecTV is a joint employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act. By rejecting the Petition for a Writ…

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More States Look At Paid Leave

One issue that we can all expect to see being seriously deliberated in state houses throughout the nation is mandating the adoption and/or expansion of paid sick leave benefits by states and cities. To that point, the New Hampshire House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to legislation that will mandate up to 12 weeks’ paid…

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Heads or Tails?

Well, that wasn’t quite the question that determined control of the Virginia House of Delegates, but it might as well have been. The election for the 94th house district in the Old Dominion state ended in an absolute tie with both candidates – democrat Shelly Simonds and republican David Yancey – collecting 11,608 votes in…

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Minimum Wage vs. Jobs

It has long been debated what impact minimum wage increases actually have on job prospects for those same low income individuals the minimum wage is designed to help. A study released a few weeks ago by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) says that California raising the minimum wage as it has could cost the state…

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Paid Leave Laws Too

In a similar vein, we’ve advised in past weeks of the new Paid Family Leave Law that took effect in New York this week. When it phases in fully in 2021, the law will require employers to provide 12 weeks paid leave at 67% of salary for employees to care for new children or sick…

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Miscellaneous

We noted that for the 9th year in a row, Dunkin’ was king of the Big Apple. According to a report from the Center for an Urban Future, Dunkin’ tops out with a total of 612 stores across New York City, an increase of 16 stores over their 2016 city-leading total. And, there seems to…

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New Jersey Tax Change

And for the record, the new federal tax reform law, which doubles the exemption from the federal estate tax for the next 8 years, after which the higher threshold sunsets. But in New Jersey, outgoing Governor Chris Christie succeeded in eliminating the state tax on inheritances completely back when he signed a tax overhaul bill…

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Seattle Joins Soda Tax Brigade

From the Pacific Northwest, effective January 1, 2018, Seattle becomes the latest city to impose a new tax on so-called sugary drinks as the city will begin charging a new 1.75 cents per ounce tax on the distribution of sodas and other sweetened beverages. Technically, the tax will be imposed on beverage distributors, but they…

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Then A Big Bang, in Court

In a precedent setting decision rendered earlier this month in a California court, noted franchisee attorney Robert Zarco (Zarco Einhorn, Salkowski & Brito, P.A.) won a significant jury verdict against franchisor El Pollo Loco, Inc. that the company breached the implied covenant of food faith and fair dealing by failing to offer new encroaching restaurants…

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