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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Illinois Passes Wage Hike, But Not Budget

The Illinois legislature has not passed a complete state budget for the past two years with the FY2015 budget being the last to officially make it onto the state books. And, this year looks no different as the elected “leaders” in the 5th largest state in the nation again failed to pass a formal budget…

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Minimum Wage Headlines

The debate over minimum wages, funded in large part by SEIU and its so-called Fight for $15, continues to surface around the country. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogset is suggesting that the city council take a breath before moving forward with Proposal 92, which would hike the minimum wage for municipal workers to $13 an hour.…

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Right to Work Suit

Labor unions in Kentucky have filed suit formally challenging the legality of Kentucky’s new right-to-work law.  In January, the Bluegrass State became the 27th state in the union to adopt right to work when the governor signed the bill into law. (There are now 28 right to work states in the country after Missouri law…

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Miscellaneous

Amidst all this talk (and legislative activity) about increasing wages and protecting workers, We couldn’t miss the irony of a story from a few weeks reporting that a class action lawsuit has been filed against the Democratic National Committee on behalf of 40-50 “field organizers” who allege that they were denied overtime compensation and minimum…

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Dunkin’ Doings

A couple of congratulatory notes this week . . . first to new Dunkin’ Brands CFO Kate Jaspon on having the “interim” removed from her title. Kate was officially named Dunkin’ Brands Chief Financial Officer this week in a press release. In addition, we noted the addition of Robert Sharpe as the President and Chief…

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Real News or Fake News: How do you respond when stories go viral?

There are plenty of great stories about restaurants and food that go viral. There’s the one about Mr. Fries Man in Gardena, California, whose variations on the French fry include melted cheese, braised oxtail and Caribbean jerk sauce. Mr. Fries Man only takes orders on the social platform Instagram, and things really got sizzling for…

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What the NLRB’s ruling means for your Employee Handbooks

In its recent ruling on the case involving the metals manufacturer Minteq International, Inc., the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continued its expansion of employee rights by finding that two common provisions in a non-compete agreement were “unlawfully overbroad rules” that interfered with employees’ rights in violation of Section 8(a)(1) of the National Labor Relations…

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Minimum Wage Volatility Continues

The question of raising minimum wages at the federal, state and local levels continues to yield a broad array of answers across the country – and the debates show no signs of abating. SEIU funded Fight for $15 and other advocate groups, such as Arise Chicago, protested at various locations around the Chicago area this…

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Soda Tax Rejected in Santa Fe

Well, it may be all the rage in Philadelphia with its proponents pointing gleefully to increased revenues from the new tax, but voters in the southwest are not as enamored with the idea. A two-cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks was soundly defeated by a record number of voters in Santa Fe, New Mexico…

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