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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Voters Mandate Paid Leave

Provisions in the ballot questions of two of the aforementioned states also mandate that private employers provide paid leave to employees under certain circumstances. Washington’s Initiative 433 (I-433) provides that beginning in 2018, employees will earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked.  Proposition 206 in Arizona, which passed by a…

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NYC Looks to Expand Paid Sick Leave

As it currently exists, the paid sick leave law in New York City provides that workers may use accrued sick leave if they themselves are sick, or to receive medical care or diagnosis for an injury, illness or condition.  In addition, it may also be taken if the employee is providing care for a family…

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Others Moving Ahead With Paid Sick Leave

Despite a disagreement with Mayor Muriel Bowser on the issue, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is planning to introduce a revised paid family leave plan for a vote in November.  Mendelson and his staff are working on the details of a new plan, including how much paid time employers would be required to provide.  He…

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New Jersey Town Mandates Paid Sick Leave

The advocates haven’t been able to get mandatory sick leave enacted into law in New Jersey, in large measure because Governor Chris Christie has opposed the blanket benefit being foisted upon all businesses.  That fact just seems to embolden some however, and the town of Morristown is just the latest example.  The community’s Town Council…

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Cook County Approves Paid Sick Leave

The Chicago suburbs followed the path of the Windy City this week with the formal approval of mandatory paid sick leave for private employees by the Cook County Board of Commissioners.  Almost identical to the Chicago version of paid sick leave passed back in June, the Cook County law provides that all employees who work…

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National Biz Groups File Alternative To DC Paid Leave

Concerned about the economic impact that passage of the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2016 (currently pending in the DC Council) would have, a number of national business groups headquartered in the nation’s capital have submitted an alternative to the DC Council for their consideration.  The Employer Mandate plan put forth by the business coalition…

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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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St. Paul Follows Suit, Mandates Paid Sick Leave

Following an array of cities on both coasts as well as its “Twin City” Minneapolis, St. Paul Minnesota joined the ranks of those local governments now mandating paid sick leave for employees of private companies.  The St. Paul city council, which had been deliberating the legislation over the course of several months, finally enacted the…

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