Minimum Wage Opponents Look to Amend Wage Hikes

It’s not only organized labor that’s seeking “do-overs” on issues of import to them – elected officials in both Maine and Arizona are planning to make changes to their respective minimum wage hikes. In Arizona, one of four states where minimum wages hikes were approved by the voters on November 8, incoming Speaker of the…

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How About a Mulligan?

As the dust settles from the November elections and new legislatures begin to take office, some seem to want to take a second look at what voters did on individual ballot initiatives.  One case in point is the state of Maine, where the voters approved a dramatic increase in the state minimum wage as well…

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With New Year Comes Minimum Wage Hikes

With the flip of the calendar to December, we need to be aware of pending increases in state minimum wages across the country.  To that end, on January 1, 2017 the following increases will become effective: Arizona to $10 per hour; Arkansas to $8.50; California to $10.50; Colorado to $9.30; Connecticut to $10.10; Hawaii to…

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If Not Now, When?

In plowing through these updates and deadlines on OSHA, the IRS and Obamacare, it occurs to us that it may be timely to identify a number of upcoming deadlines and effective dates that may impact some of you and might be very much relevant to your businesses.  Toward that end, and in no particular order…

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What’s Brewing: Minimum Wage, Fair Scheduling, Sick Leave, New Mandates

Election Day may have come and gone, but don’t expect big changes soon, especially when it comes to the bottom-line issues that matter most to franchise owners. While the national election is crucial for determining our country’s overall direction, pocketbook issues like the big three of minimum wage hikes, sick leave benefits, and scheduling mandates…

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County Complexity

Barrington, Illinois is geographically located in both Cook County and Lake County, so the recent passage of mandatory sick leave and a much higher minimum wage in Cook County posed a sticky dilemma for many of the businesses in Barrington.  The town responded quickly to resolve the issues however by passing an ordinance this week…

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More Minimum Wage Updates

Just a few weeks ago, Illinois’ Cook County adopted a paid sick leave law almost identical to that which is in place in the City of Chicago – one hour leave for every 40 hours worked.  This week, the Cook County Board again followed the lead of the Windy City when they mandated a $13…

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Minimum Wages Struck Down by Kentucky Court

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has ruled local minimum wages invalid in the cities of Louisville and Lexington.  In a 6-1 decision, the state’s highest court ruled that the two communities lacked the legal authority to establish specific minimum on private employers.  The case was initiated in 2014 after Louisville became the first community in…

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What’s Brewing: Wage Hikes, Sodium Police, Sick Leave,

It’s been one long, hot summer for Dunkin’ franchise owners and others in the quick service business, and we are not just talking about the temperature. A tight labor market has combined with a wave of minimum wage hikes across the country to ramp up the pressure on franchisees across the country. And in a…

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Governor Christie Vetoes Minimum Wage Hike

As expected, earlier this month, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made good on his promise to veto legislation increasing the state minimum wage to $15 per hour. The bill would have allowed the minimum wage, currently $8.25 an hour, to increase to $10.10 on January 1 and then by $1.25 for each of the subsequent…

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