Maryland Another Battleground

They’re not about right to work, but there’s more battles brewing in Maryland over minimum wages and paid sick leave mandates. First off, Montgomery County Executive officer Isiah Leggett vetoed a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour by 2020 that the County Council passed by a vote of 5-4 last week. Leggett had expressed…

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What’s Brewing: Calorie Labeling, Minimum Wage, Sick Leave

Dunkin’ franchise owners can expect to find a friendlier ear in federal government now that Republicans control both Congress and the White House. Any attempts to raise the minimum wage on the federal level are arguably pretty much DOA now. Ditto for other issues, such as reclassifying managers as hourly workers, and union-friendly rulings by…

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Court Orders Wage Plan to Ballot

Right to work isn’t the only issue generating news in Missouri as this week the state Supreme Court ordered Kansas City to put a minimum wage initiative that could ultimately lead to a $15 minimum wage on the municipal ballot.  Missouri law preempts local communities from establishing their own minimum wages higher than that of…

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Cuomo Creates New York “Payroll Police”

He may not have named it that, but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was pretty clear that policing employer payrolls will be a primary goal of his new 200 member enforcement force.  This week, the governor announced the creation of the Minimum Wage Enforcement and Outreach Unit, a new state agency that will be comprised…

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State Legislatures Gearing Up

While some have just this week concluded their 2016 sessions, most state legislatures are just beginning to get prepared for their 2017 sessions.  Legislators in Kentucky have gotten quickly to work however. On Wednesday, the House passed a Kentucky right-to-work law that has been close, but never actually signed into law.  That should change next…

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Arizona Minimum Wage Injunction Rejected

Speaking of the SEIU efforts to raise minimum wages across the country, a legal effort to block the voter approved wage hike in Arizona from taking effect on Sunday has been dismissed by the court.  Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Kiley rejected several arguments put forth by a number of Chambers of Commerce that…

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Maine Governor to Delay Wage/OT Hikes

Increases to state minimum wages will be taking effect in a host of states across the country come the New Year, but Maine Governor Paul LePage has made it clear that his state Department of Labor will not begin enforcing the newly voter-approved minimum wage of $9.00 per hour until January 31.  The law, which…

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Minimum Wage Hikes Next Week

At the risk of belaboring the pending increases in minimum wages across the country, we felt it important to again remind our subscribers of the wage hikes that will become effective next weekend.  Those states with new minimum wages taking effect January 1, 2017 include: Alaska – $9.80              …

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Minimum Wage Opponents Look to Amend Wage Hikes

It’s not only organized labor that’s seeking “do-overs” on issues of import to them – elected officials in both Maine and Arizona are planning to make changes to their respective minimum wage hikes. In Arizona, one of four states where minimum wages hikes were approved by the voters on November 8, incoming Speaker of the…

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How About a Mulligan?

As the dust settles from the November elections and new legislatures begin to take office, some seem to want to take a second look at what voters did on individual ballot initiatives.  One case in point is the state of Maine, where the voters approved a dramatic increase in the state minimum wage as well…

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