New Minimum Wage Tentacles

Notwithstanding difficulties within the SEIU offices as outlined above, their push for increased minimum wages seems to be growing new appendages in some locales around the country. Earlier this month, the Common Council of South Bend Indiana expanded its current minimum wage requirement when it voted to tie tax abatements for private businesses to minimum…

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Brown Expands Paid Leave, Vetoes Wage-shaming

As the clock wound down, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a number of workplace related bills and vetoed others that could have been devastating to business interests. AB1209, the Gender Pay Gap Transparency Act, which the Governor vetoed and business labeled a “job-killer” would have required companies with 500 or more employees in California to…

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Soda Tax Going Flat in PA

The City of Brotherly Love passed a special tax on sugary beverages back in June of 2016 with many promises from Mayor Jim Kenney about the money the levy would generate without hurting Philadelphia businesses. It now seems he was wrong on both counts! We’ve advised in the past how the money the tax has…

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The Tide Turns

The Cook County soda tax is going the way of 1917 national predecessor, repealed! The effort first got its real momentum a few weeks ago and then a budget deal was reached last week that cut the tax from the county budget. Tuesday, the County Finance Committee endorsed the repeal effort by a vote of…

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MA Retailers Push Tax Cut

In Massachusetts, one of the blue-est of blue states, it may be the ultimate longshot, but the Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM) is undeterred and moving forward with a ballot initiative to lower the state sales tax. Currently pegged at 6.25 percent, the state sales tax would drop to 5% effective January 2018 if the…

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Montgomery Council To Delay $15 Minimum

Just outside DC, the Montgomery County Council’s Health and Human Services Committee voted Monday to delay implementation of a minimum wage increase from the current $11.50 to $15 an hour. In January, the Council approved legislation that raised the hourly minimum to $15 minimum by 2020 for most businesses and by 2022 for businesses with…

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SCOTUS to Hear Right to Work, Again

Speaking of the US Supreme Court, SCOTUS has announced that it will take up the case of Janus v AFSCME, dealing with right to work laws, and hear arguments in the case this term (likely next calendar year). At issue is whether or not public-sector workers can be forced to join the representing union or…

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All in the Family . . . Leave

It may be slipping under the radar somewhat of late, but there has been a lot of activity relating paid sick and family leave mandates in a host of states over the past few weeks. Delaware Governor John Carney signed legislation this week making it easier for state workers to donate sick time and annual…

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Connecticut Leader Joins National Conference Panel

We are thrilled to bring the “home-court advantage” to Connecticut for the DDIFO National Conference with the addition of Connecticut House minority leader Themis Klarides (R-Derby). Klarides, who has represented the 114th Connecticut district in the legislature since 1999, was selected just last week as one of the top 25 Women in Government Leadership by…

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Maryland Franchisee Made Dunkin’ His Home Port

There’s an old proverb that says, “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors” – with the logical corollary being that rough going will surely forge good men of the sea. Such could be said for former Merchant Marine Todd LaLumiere, who after a rocky start and a series of subsequent obstacles along the way, has…

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