Rethinking Sick Leave Ramifications

Hard to believe, but some states that have seen sick leave laws passed dictating that employers (those who actually create jobs!) provide additional benefits to employees are now taking a 2nd look at the question. Specifically, the Pennsylvania state senate is considering legislation that would preempt the city of Philadelphia from continuing to enforce its…

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Maryland Another Battleground

They’re not about right to work, but there’s more battles brewing in Maryland over minimum wages and paid sick leave mandates. First off, Montgomery County Executive officer Isiah Leggett vetoed a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour by 2020 that the County Council passed by a vote of 5-4 last week. Leggett had expressed…

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Pay Equity Issues

After having saddled Philadelphia retailers with that onerous sugary drink tax last year, Mayor Jim Kenney signed an ordinance into law this week that bans employers from asking job applicants about their salary history.  The law, which also has been adopted by a host of other cities and a handful of states, is known as…

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Legalized Marijuana

With more states legalizing the use of marijuana, both medical and recreational, it is becoming more and more of an issue that small business owners need to brush up on. Colorado and Washington started the joint, errh, ball rolling, back in 2012 when voters authorized recreational use of the drug.  Since that time, 6 other…

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Miscellaneous

Impressive numbers for Dunkin’ coming out of the Big Apple this past week when the Center for an Urban Future released its annual State of the Chains Report showing a total of 596 Dunkin’ Donut shops operating in the five boroughs of New York City.  It was pointed out that number was more than the…

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Et Tu, Governor?

The push for wage increases, paid sick/family leave, secured scheduling or any number of other dictated benefits seems endless, but when they’re proposed by those who claim to be pro-business, it seems that much more disturbing.  That brings us to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, generally thought to be a pro-business Republican Governor, who announced this…

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NJ Governor Vetoes More UI Payments to Strikers

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made good on a promise to veto legislation that would have expanded the ability of striking workers to collect additional unemployment insurance payments while on strike.  In his veto message to the legislature, he especially highlighted retroactive provisions in the legislation that would have reached back to April 10,…

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NYC Bans Salary History Question

Just before the election, as the country was focused on who would become our 45th President of the United States, New York City Mayor bill de Blasio was signing an executive order banning municipal agencies from asking job applicants for their salary histories.  Executive Order 21 prohibits agencies from inquiring about an applicant’s salary history…

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PA Supreme Court Won’t Expedite Soda Tax Case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is pretty much going to let the Philadelphia soda tax take effect as scheduled on January 1, 2017 after denying a petition by the American Beverage Association among other plaintiffs for an expedited hearing.  Recall that back in June of this year, the city of Philadelphia passed a tax of 1.5…

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NYC Looks to Expand Paid Sick Leave

As it currently exists, the paid sick leave law in New York City provides that workers may use accrued sick leave if they themselves are sick, or to receive medical care or diagnosis for an injury, illness or condition.  In addition, it may also be taken if the employee is providing care for a family…

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