Community Corner: A Family Affair

For Mitzi Lawlor, community involvement is more than a commitment: it’s a family tradition. Her parents, Helen and Ralph D’Alelio, bought their first Dunkin’ Donuts store in Massachusetts in 1977. For the next 30 years they used their business to improve the lives of those living in the area, particularly children. “My mother always gave…

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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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Massachusetts Court Questions Millionaire Tax

In oral arguments before the state Supreme Court this week, a number of the justices raised some pointed questions about the constitutionality of the ballot proposal. As approved for the 2018 ballot, the Massachusetts “millionaire tax” would add a 4 percent tax on earnings over $1 million and incorporate that ‘surcharge’ into the state constitution.…

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Man Bites Dog!

Not really, but I didn’t want this item lost in the above paragraph! Maine, which raised the state minimum wage this month to $10/hour on its way to $12 by 2020, is now considering legislation, LD1757, that would drop the 2018 wage to $9.50/hour in July. The increase was mandated after a voter initiative was…

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Ed Wolak’s Successful 5-Decade Journey

Ed Wolak was a teen when his mom applied for a job at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Manchester, New Hampshire. “It was a new business to us. No one knew it was a chain,” says Wolak. His mom worked part-time at the location for a few years, and encouraged her daughter to apply. “My sister…

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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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Paid Leave Laws Too

In a similar vein, we’ve advised in past weeks of the new Paid Family Leave Law that took effect in New York this week. When it phases in fully in 2021, the law will require employers to provide 12 weeks paid leave at 67% of salary for employees to care for new children or sick…

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Banned in Boston

That term actually originated back in the 17th century and mostly stemmed from the Puritan roots of Massachusetts’ earlier settlers. It generally referred to a literary work, song, picture or play that was prohibited from being distributed or exhibited in Boston because of “objectionable” content. Regrettably, it now more accurately illustrates the endless nanny-state leanings…

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Massachusetts Ballot Issues Advancing

The proponents are already claiming they’ve collected enough valid voter signatures in Massachusetts to put a couple of wage and paid leave proposals before the voters on the 2018 state ballot. The non-profit RaiseUp Massachusetts said last week that their wage ballot and paid leave measures each had more than double the required 64,750 valid…

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Paid Sick Leave State Laws

On the subject of paid sick leave, as the trend of government mandating employee benefits for private employees continues – and specifically, paid family medical or sick leave – we found this Business Journal article particularly helpful in understanding who does and does not require paid leave as well as which states and or municipalities…

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