Pay Equity Laws

On Monday of this week, the New Jersey Legislature gave overwhelming final approval to a gender pay equity bill that will be one of the strongest in the nation. Governor Phil Murphy (D) is expected to sign the measure, NJ A1/S104. The act will prohibit unequal pay for ‘substantially similar work’ and provides that employees…

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Minimum Wage Roller Coaster

An increase in the Louisiana minimum wage suffered the same fate as pay equity legislation when the senate voted down a bill that would have increased the state minimum wage to $8 in 2019 and $8.50 in 2020. Louisiana is one of only 5 states that do not have a state minimum and hence, defer…

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States Still Looking To Hike Minimums

Concerted efforts to increase minimum wages across the country began with President Obama’s call for a national minimum wage of $9.00 in his 2013 State of the Union message but 5 plus years later, the mantra for still more increases continues in many states. Democratic lawmakers in Ohio are currently pushing legislation that would increase…

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“Fair Workplace” Movement

The phrase has its roots in New York City, but now so-called “fair workplace” bills are under serious consideration in the state of Connecticut as well as the city of Philadelphia. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announced his support for a slate of “fair workplace” bills that includes expanding the state’s paid family and medical leave…

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Two Guys Take Tulsa

In 1979, Dunkin’ Donuts opened its 1,000th restaurant. In 1990 – after it was acquired by Allied-Domecq – the brand began expanding. It opened location No. 2,000; and just two years later came No. 3,000. The rapid expansion into places like California, Colorado and Texas came without the kind of marketing strength and supply chain…

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Independent Joe #48 February/ March 2018

I have always been a big sports fan, pretty much any sport too, where the game is challenging and the skills of the players something to behold. So, it should come as no surprise that I am a fan of the Olympic Games, and while watching the dazzling opening ceremony, I had a bit of…

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Florida Franchisee Protection Bill Advances

The Senate Committee on Regulated Industries in the Florida legislature passed the Small Business Parity Act out of committee by a vote of 5-4 earlier this week. The bill (SB 1076) is similar but more limited than the 2017 Florida Small Business Protection Act, which also was passed by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee but…

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Right to Work, The Next Level

Last week, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill that would decertify public service unions whose dues-paying membership falls below 50%. Exempting unions that represent police officers, prison guards and firefighter, the bill (HB25) would cover all other public employee unions. The bill is considered a long shot to become law, especially in the…

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Kentucky Judge Tosses Right to Work Suit

The on-again, off-again right-to-work law in the state of Kentucky is back in play after a state court judge tossed out the latest challenge brought by the state AFL-CIO and Teamsters Union. The law prohibits the collection of mandatory fees from non-union members under the guise of the unions representing the interests of members and…

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The Community is Her Business

When people come into Pat Barnett’s Dunkin’ Donuts shops, they are likely to see something they don’t see in other coffee shops or quick service restaurants. Barnett hires people some might consider unemployable, people with disabilities that may overshadow their abilities. “I hire them so they can feel good about themselves,” she says. “I want…

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