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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Joint Employer Briefs to SCOTUS

Perhaps the lightening rod of all NLRB decisions during the tenure of General Counsel Griffin was the Board’s rewriting of the definition of joint employer. As the Browning-Ferris decision reverberated through business circles, the NLRB upped the ante when they began liberally applying their new standard to an array of industries and companies (McDonald’s, DirectTV,…

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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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Paid Leave Mandates

When the Connecticut legislature wrapped up their business for the 2017 session, they also closed the window for this year on a paid leave mandate in the Constitution State with SB0001 failing to garner the support necessary to make it out of the senate. The bill, titled An Act Concerning Earned Family and Medical Leave,…

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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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Minimum Wage Machinations

The drumbeat has gone on for the past several years now, and it continued this week in the state of Delaware. At the last minute, the Delaware state senate on Tuesday postponed an expected vote on legislation hiking the current state minimum wage of $8.25 to $10.25 an hour by 2020 and subsequently tie future…

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Maine Senate Kills Union Ratification Bill

Speaking of Maine and the state senate, the Maine senate voted 20-13 last week to kill a bill that would have required a union ratification vote every two years in union workplaces. The bill, LD 1553, would have mandated that union workers ratify their collective bargaining representation by secret ballot every other year. In addition,…

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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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Thriving in the Green Mountain State

Most everyone within the Dunkin’ Donuts system knows that Vermont is among the most challenging markets. The Green Mountain state has the second smallest population in the U.S. and is far-removed from major urban centers along the East Coast. In 2015, Forbes Magazine ranked Vermont as the 42nd best state in which to do business.…

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