Minimum Wage is Alive and Well In States & Cities

Notwithstanding the swift death the proposed minimum wage increase suffered at the federal level, it is a completely different animal when proposed in state legislatures and city halls across the country. We reported to you last week that a bill would be filed in Albany proposing to increase the Empire State minimum wage to $15/hour…

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Independent Joe: April 2014

With thriving Dunkin’ Donuts stores and various awards under his belt, Larry Lemos credits his parents for much of his success. After emigrating from Portugal to Rhode Island in the 1970s, his parents, Antonio and Maria Lemos, worked for a Dunkin’ Donuts in Warwick, Rhode Island. “Joe Batista was the owner and he saw something…

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What’s Brewing: Paid Time Off, Mandates, Protection for Franchisees

Last August, Independent Joe interviewed Yuwen Chen, owner of three Dunkin’ Donuts shops in New York’s Hudson Valley, about paid sick leave legislation that was being considered in New York City and how its passage could affect his businesses 80 miles away. “The costs can really hurt the business owner,” he said, “because not only…

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Federal Mandates Worth Watching: Depreciation, Full-time Overtime

While Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners keep a close eye on the status of various pieces of state legislation, including the minimum wage increase and the paid sick leave act, there are new important items on the docket at the federal level that deserve some close attention too. “One of those items is permanent 15-year depreciation,”…

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Seattle Looking at City Charter Amendment for $15 Minimum Wage

A group calling itself 15 Now is making plans to put the question of a $15/hour minimum wage on the ballot in the City of Seattle if it is not enacted by the Seattle City Council where it is currently pending.  The Council and Mayor Ed Murray’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee are in the process…

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Upcoming DDIFO Meeting in Illinois

Illinois franchisees will want to mark their calendars for the May 14 DDIFO meeting, to be held at the Westin OHare Hotel in Rosemont.  Employment law experts from the noted Chicago firm of Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson will be presenting on Illinois’ concealed carry laws, medical marijuana, wage and hour and a host…

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Massachusetts House Increases Minimum Wage

The Massachusetts House earlier this week passed its own version of a minimum wage increase. The House’s bill increases the state’s minimum wage from the current $8.00 to $10.50 over the next two years!  The bill, believe it or not, is preferable to an earlier version passed by the Senate that would increase the minimum to $11/hour…

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Connecticut Raises Minimum Wage, Again!

Notwithstanding that it had recently increased the minimum wage across the Nutmeg State, thereby keeping it the highest minimum wage in the nation, Connecticut didn’t think that was good enough when President Obama visited Central Connecticut State University a few weeks back.  Seems the President no sooner left when the legislature passed another increase in…

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Senate Looks To Move Minimum Wage

Although it’s unlikely that the Senate will move favorably on the Save American Workers Act, quite the contrary is true on the subject of increasing the federal minimum wage.  In fact, the Senate is reportedly getting close to bringing the issue to the floor for a vote to increase the federal minimum from its current…

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Website Solicits Wage Theft Stories

Now, in the wake of the numerous class action lawsuits against McDonald’s and a number of its franchisees, a group of employees along with their allies conducted protests in dozens of cities around the country.  In addition, another group calling itself “Low Pay is Not OK” has launched a website, www.robbedonthejob.org, where they solicit employee…

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