Minimum Wage Roller Coaster

An increase in the Louisiana minimum wage suffered the same fate as pay equity legislation when the senate voted down a bill that would have increased the state minimum wage to $8 in 2019 and $8.50 in 2020. Louisiana is one of only 5 states that do not have a state minimum and hence, defer…

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Minimum Wage Volatility

At the state level, states have been actively considering changes in state-mandated minimum wages over the past several weeks with mixed results. Over the course of the past two weeks or so, an Arizona state senate committee advanced legislation amending a voter-approved initiative ($12 minimum wage) by reducing that minimum to $10 if the amendment…

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Deep Pocketed Special Interests

Think this is who they mean? When we hear feel good politicians talk about the evils of money in politics and special interests buying favorable legislation, my guess is they don’t mean unions! Notwithstanding, it’s been reported that one of New York City’s powerful unions made regular edits and arguably had a veto on final…

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Sick Leave -No Delay in MD, No Changes in DC

It turns out that the Maryland House of Delegates would not follow the state senate and delay the implementation of the paid sick leave law in Maryland, letting it take effect as scheduled last Sunday. After serious lobbying by the business community, the senate had agreed to postpone the mandate until July in order to…

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Maryland Senate Votes Sick Leave Delay

In response to a concerted lobbying effort by the broader business community in Maryland, yesterday the state senate voted to delay implementation of the new Maryland paid sick leave law until July. The Healthy Working Families Act, vetoed by Governor Larry Hogan but which was overridden in both branches over the past few weeks, is…

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Minimum Wages on Tap Again

Notwithstanding that a number of companies have announced bonus payments and increased minimum wages as a result of the aforementioned Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, there are a host of minimum wage bills being proposed in different and states. First, the Cleveland City Council approved public service contracts with a minimum wage of $15/hour for…

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Maryland Overrides & Adopts Paid Leave

We advised as recently as last week that Maryland could be next up in mandating paid sick leave for private employees and that caution became reality last week. The Maryland state senate followed the lead of the House of Delegates and overrode the veto of Governor Larry Hogan on legislation mandating paid sick leave for…

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SCOTUS Rejects Other Joint Employer Case

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) missed an opportunity to put the issue to bed once and for all this week when the court announced that it would not take up a case addressing whether DirecTV is a joint employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act. By rejecting the Petition for a Writ…

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More States Look At Paid Leave

One issue that we can all expect to see being seriously deliberated in state houses throughout the nation is mandating the adoption and/or expansion of paid sick leave benefits by states and cities. To that point, the New Hampshire House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to legislation that will mandate up to 12 weeks’ paid…

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Heads or Tails?

Well, that wasn’t quite the question that determined control of the Virginia House of Delegates, but it might as well have been. The election for the 94th house district in the Old Dominion state ended in an absolute tie with both candidates – democrat Shelly Simonds and republican David Yancey – collecting 11,608 votes in…

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