Massachusetts Sick Leave Law Upheld

It seems one defeat after another of late in court to stop wage hikes or other employee benefit mandates and Massachusetts is no exception. Six employer associations filed suit in 2015 in federal court alleging that the new earned sick leave mandate violated federal labor law by requiring certain benefits of parties to collective bargaining…

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Legalized Marijuana

With more states legalizing the use of marijuana, both medical and recreational, it is becoming more and more of an issue that small business owners need to brush up on. Colorado and Washington started the joint, errh, ball rolling, back in 2012 when voters authorized recreational use of the drug.  Since that time, 6 other…

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Family Legacy Guides Franchise Owner John Motta

John Motta’s childhood memories are soaked with sunshine and soccer balls. Steeped in the bayside community of Bristol, Rhode Island, where the DaMotta family settled (John later shortened his name), was a community of Portuguese immigrants. Soccer was their game and, for John, it became very personal. “My father built the first soccer field in…

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NYC Bans Salary History Question

Just before the election, as the country was focused on who would become our 45th President of the United States, New York City Mayor bill de Blasio was signing an executive order banning municipal agencies from asking job applicants for their salary histories.  Executive Order 21 prohibits agencies from inquiring about an applicant’s salary history…

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They’re Baaaaaaaack

One of the complaints about Styrofoam is that it doesn’t break down quickly enough from an environmental standpoint, and the same could be said about efforts to ban its use across the country.  We haven’t had to talk much about municipal bans on single-use polystyrene containers over the past few months, but don’t think the…

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Salary History Becoming the New Taboo

For the past few years, asking a job applicant if they had ever been convicted of a crime was frowned upon by the “beautiful people”.  Ultimately, a number of state and cities around the country “banned the box” and made it illegal to even ask an applicant if they had any criminal history before they…

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Gender Identity, East and West

New laws relating how an individual self-identifies from a gender perspective are now in place and worth noting on both the west and east coasts.  In California, under a new law signed two weeks ago by California Governor Jerry Brown, businesses that have single-user bathrooms must make those facilities gender-neutral.  Those “single-user facilities” are defined…

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DDIFO Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

This year, DDIFO is honored to announce the induction of two long time operators into its Franchise Owners Hall of Fame. DUKE CARVALHO: Try it, you’ll like it Duke Carvalho always had a good eye for business. He saw the money side of it as a manager at the Cambridge (Mass.) Portuguese Credit Union. He saw…

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Lawsuits vs ACA Mandate Growing

Two new lawsuits were filed this week by insurance companies over a specific provision of the Obamacare health insurance mandate.  The targeted provision, known as the “risk adjustment program”, requires health insurers whose members are healthier (and therefore less expensive to insure), to pay monies to their competitors whose members are not as healthy and…

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Mass Governor Signs Pay Equity Law

As was expected, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed S.2119, An Act to Establish Pay Equity in the Commonwealth into law last week.  The law updates existing equal pay laws and clarifies that companies must pay men and women the same when they do ‘comparable’ work rather just when they have the same job title, so…

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