Right to Work Suit

Labor unions in Kentucky have filed suit formally challenging the legality of Kentucky’s new right-to-work law.  In January, the Bluegrass State became the 27th state in the union to adopt right to work when the governor signed the bill into law. (There are now 28 right to work states in the country after Missouri law…

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Minimum Wage Volatility Continues

The question of raising minimum wages at the federal, state and local levels continues to yield a broad array of answers across the country – and the debates show no signs of abating. SEIU funded Fight for $15 and other advocate groups, such as Arise Chicago, protested at various locations around the Chicago area this…

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Paid Leave in Federal Budget, Limbo in Maryland

As we advised you last week in this space, the President included paid parental leave in his 2018 budget blueprint, recommending a process that is mandatory but not uniform, in that the final details will be left to the individual states. Trump’s budget mandates six weeks of paid parental leave (for both, mothers and fathers)…

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Minimum Wage Volatility Continues

The question of raising minimum wages at the federal, state and local levels continues to yield a broad array of answers across the country – and the debates show no signs of abating. SEIU funded Fight for $15 and other advocate groups, such as Arise Chicago, protested at various locations around the Chicago area this…

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Minimum Wage Issues Around the Nation

It is the topic that just won’t go away, so there is more to report this week again on minimum wage initiatives, both pro and con. Speaking again of preemptions, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has threatened to veto legislation passed in different versions by both the House and Senate that would block cities and towns…

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New Mexico Minimum Wage Vetoed; Valid in St. Louis

New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez made good on a promise earlier this month when she vetoed two different minimum wage bills passed by the New Mexico legislature. The first, HB 442, provided for an increase in the current $7.50 per hour minimum to $9.25 an hour and would have also prohibited local governments from passing…

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Missouri Right To Work Still In Limbo

Missouri may have officially become the 28th state in the union with a right to work law back in February when Governor Eric Greitens signed the right to work bill into law, but the issue is still very much in flux. Labor officials are pursuing their effort to collect enough signatures to put a ballot…

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Budget Crisis, But Minimum Wage Clears Hurdle

The state of Illinois is currently mired in a budget crisis of legendary proportions – for almost 2 full years, chaos has ruled. There have been unfunded pension issues, corruption allegations back and forth, the Attorney General sued to stop state worker paychecks, lawsuits between government agencies, furloughs of state employees, Northeastern Illinois and Chicago…

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Franchisee Completes Circle by Returning to Root

Dennis Gramm knows Dunkin’. While the franchisee operates four stores in northwest suburban Chicago (with two more stores under construction), he also has a unique perspective amongst his peers, having spent 11 years on the corporate side of Dunkin’ Brands before becoming a franchise owner in 2007. “In the eyes of some of the legacy…

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Baltimore Vetoes Minimum Wage; States Preempt

One could say business interests won a couple of battles this week on the issue of minimum wage increases across the country. First, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh vetoed a local ordinance that would have set a Baltimore minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2022. Maryland law provides that the current minimum of $8.75 increase…

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