Pregnancy Protections

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker yesterday signed the Pregnant Workers Protection Act (H3680) into law requiring employers in the Commonwealth to make reasonable workplace accommodations for pregnant workers. Under the new law, which hadn’t been able to gain much traction in several past sessions, it is illegal for employers in the state to choose not hire…

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Scheduling Mandates Spreading

The latest fad being foisted upon small business retailers and fast food employers – predictive scheduling – continues to spread to new areas around the country. The state of Oregon is now seriously entertaining enacting a law that would dictate how and when small businesses could schedule their employees to work. The Oregon Senate last…

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Different Views of Soda Taxes, Predictive Scheduling

Despite the fact that revenues from the Philadelphia soda tax appear to have been overpromised and are now under-delivering, and the roll-out of the new soda tax in Cook County, Illinois was an unmitigated disaster, the idea continues to grow in popularity. This week, Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Revenue took testimony on a new…

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Massachusetts Sends Millionaire’s Tax to Ballot

In an unfortunate, but sadly not surprising move, the Massachusetts legislature, meeting in Constitutional Convention, gave final approval to a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would tack an additional 4% tax on incomes in excess of $1 million. The so-called Fair Share Amendment needed to secure 50 favorable votes from the 200 legislators…

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Governors Giveth, Taketh Away

Their actions could not more clearly speak to their outlook on business in general, but two governors went in different directions this week over leave legislation put before them. As we speculated last week, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan made good on an earlier promise to veto a family leave bill that didn’t meet his requirements.…

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Community Corner: Duke Carvalho

Duke Carvalho remembers her eyes. She was a four or five year-old who had come into his Dunkin’ Donuts shop in the early 1980s. It was a weekend and Duke was handling the day baking as well as working the counter. The girl’s mom bought her a snack and Carvalho gave her extra Munchkins to…

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Accommodating Pregnant Workers To Next Level

Speaking of the need for caution and “reasonable accommodation’, the Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimously passed the so-called Pregnant Workers Fairness Act this week. The bill (H.3680) offers pregnant women reasonable accommodation such as, more frequent or longer paid or unpaid breaks, time off to recover from childbirth with or without pay, acquisition or modification…

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No Break from Massachusetts Taxes

Pregnant or not, they’ll be no reasonable accommodation that costs Massachusetts its tax dollar! The state’s House of Representatives rejected the idea of a permanent weekend tax holiday when they passed and sent the Fiscal Year 2018 budget to the Senate. Representatives rejected a proposal to forego the sales tax every year on the third…

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Soda Taxes Spilling To Other States

Speaking of New Mexico, minimum wages aren’t the only issue generating headlines – voters in the capital city of Santa Fe have until next Tuesday to decide whether the city will impose a tax on sugary drinks of 2 cents per ounce – increasing the price of soda by 25 cents per can. Early voting…

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Independent Joe #42 February/ March

In some of its earliest iterations, it was referred to as yellow journalism. Back in the early days of this nation’s history, it manifested itself in so-called Pamphlets, where the writer would use a pseudonym and slander his political opponents with outrageous allegations – some having just a sliver of truth, others lacking even the…

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