Follow Iceland?

Well, at least on the idea of mandating equal pay and eliminating the so-called pay gap, former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders suggests the United States follow Iceland’s lead in mandating equal pay. Iceland became the first country to make it illegal to pay different amounts to men and women with a new law that took…

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Miscellaneous

The tightening of the labor market isn’t showing any signs of letting up. Just yesterday, the Department of Labor released unemployment enrollment numbers showing the lowest number of people collecting unemployment benefits at the end of 2017 in 44 years. At the end of last year, DOL recorded 1.87 million collecting unemployment insurance, the lowest…

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IRS Extends Forms to Employees Deadline

The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) has extended the due date for distributing 2017 health coverage information forms to employees. The deadline, originally set for January 31 has now been extended to March 2, 2018. Self-insured employers and all employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees now have until March 2, 2018, to provide Form…

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DOL Issues Proposed Rule for Expanded Health Plans

The Department of Labor continued issuing business-friendlier regulations yesterday when it proposed new regulations to expand association health plans (AHPs) and thereby create more affordable health care options for small businesses. Back in October, President Trump issued an executive order promoting health care competition. That order specifically directed federal agencies to loosen restrictions on associations…

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More Minimum Wage

Now that we’ve turned the calendar and 2018 is officially here, we want to remind you once again that as of this past Monday (January 1, 2018), the minimum wage in 18 different states was increased. We advise and caution all to ensure that you are in compliance with the state minimum wage , whether…

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Minimum Wage vs. Jobs

It has long been debated what impact minimum wage increases actually have on job prospects for those same low income individuals the minimum wage is designed to help. A study released a few weeks ago by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) says that California raising the minimum wage as it has could cost the state…

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Paid Leave Laws Too

In a similar vein, we’ve advised in past weeks of the new Paid Family Leave Law that took effect in New York this week. When it phases in fully in 2021, the law will require employers to provide 12 weeks paid leave at 67% of salary for employees to care for new children or sick…

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Tax Reform Grants Family Leave Credit

There seems to be much debate still on the benefits of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Reform), signed into law by President Trump shortly before Christmas, but our friends at SESCO Management make it clear that one benefit for business is a new employer credit for paid family and medical leave.  The…

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Miscellaneous

We noted that for the 9th year in a row, Dunkin’ was king of the Big Apple. According to a report from the Center for an Urban Future, Dunkin’ tops out with a total of 612 stores across New York City, an increase of 16 stores over their 2016 city-leading total. And, there seems to…

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MUFC Conference

We’ve noted that the popular Multi-Unit Franchising Conference (MUFC) is set to take place in Las Vegas on April 3 – 6, 2018. Registration is now available with the “Best Price” fee of $695 expiring at the close of business today. Their early bird registration fee of $795 is valid through March 2, 2018, after…

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