State Legislatures Gearing Up

While some have just this week concluded their 2016 sessions, most state legislatures are just beginning to get prepared for their 2017 sessions.  Legislators in Kentucky have gotten quickly to work however. On Wednesday, the House passed a Kentucky right-to-work law that has been close, but never actually signed into law.  That should change next…

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Arizona Minimum Wage Injunction Rejected

Speaking of the SEIU efforts to raise minimum wages across the country, a legal effort to block the voter approved wage hike in Arizona from taking effect on Sunday has been dismissed by the court.  Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Kiley rejected several arguments put forth by a number of Chambers of Commerce that…

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Maine Governor to Delay Wage/OT Hikes

Increases to state minimum wages will be taking effect in a host of states across the country come the New Year, but Maine Governor Paul LePage has made it clear that his state Department of Labor will not begin enforcing the newly voter-approved minimum wage of $9.00 per hour until January 31.  The law, which…

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Minimum Wage Hikes Next Week

At the risk of belaboring the pending increases in minimum wages across the country, we felt it important to again remind our subscribers of the wage hikes that will become effective next weekend.  Those states with new minimum wages taking effect January 1, 2017 include: Alaska – $9.80              …

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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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