Sick Leave Rule for Government Contractors Finalized

There may be only 174 days left to the Obama administration, but his penchant for ruling by Executive Order continues to impact businesses.  Executive Order 13706 requires federal contractors to offer their employees up to 7 days of paid sick leave per year on the basis of one hour earned for every 30 hours worked. …

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Colorado & Washington Voters To Decide Wages

It is now official, voters in two more states will be asked this fall whether their minimum wages should be increased.  This past Monday, advocates in Colorado submitted over 200,000 signatures, more than double the required 98,492, to place the question of mandating an increase in the state minimum wage on the November ballot.  The…

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Massachusetts Sick Leave Law

We would remind all of our members with franchises in Massachusetts that the Commonwealth implemented a new earned sick leave law which took effect one year ago, in July, 2015.  The Attorney General’s office has developed a very informative and easy-to-navigate web site to provide detailed guidance on what the law requires of employers.  The…

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Washington Voters to Decide Wage & Sick Leave Issue

Voters in the state of Washington will have the opportunity to vote on the question of increasing the state’s minimum wage (currently $9.47) and mandating paid sick leave come this November.  Advocates have succeeded in collecting the required signatures to put Initiative 1433 on the ballot.  The initiative provides for specific increases in the state…

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July 1 Brings New Laws

There are two dates every year when we have to be especially conscious of changes in government laws and/or regulations – one is January 1 and the other is today, July 1, the start of many government fiscal years.  With so much new regulation being piled on to the business community, we thought it might…

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Paid Sick Leave Germ Spreading in California

Maybe it’s the sunshine, or the “healthy living”, but mandated sick leave is spreading to more communities in the Golden State as next month three major municipalities will foist the mandated benefit onto private employers beginning July 1.  The state of California began mandating paid sick leave one year ago – after meeting a 30…

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Chicago Gets Sick (Leave) Too

The germ of paid sick leave spread to the Midwest as well this week, as Chicago formally adopted the mandate by a unanimous vote of 48-0 at the Wednesday meeting of the City Council.  As we advised you last week, with 38 sponsors (out of 50 aldermen) and the support of Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, the…

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Chicago Prepares Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Chicago appears to be the next likely venue to mandate paid sick leave for private business employees, as the Board of Aldermen’s Committee on Workforce Development and Audit unanimously approved the initiative yesterday.  The proposal, sponsored by 38 of Chicago’s 50 Aldermen, would mandate that any employee working at least 80 hours over a four…

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Minneapolis OKs Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Although neither side of the paid sick leave v. state pre-emption of local laws debate won the day in the Minnesota legislature, sick leave advocates scored a victory last Friday when Minneapolis adopted the Sick and Safe Time Ordinance.  With a threshold of 6 or more workers, the ordinance mandates that employees accumulate one hour…

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State and Local Action on Sick Leave

The drumbeat continues as relates activism at the state and local levels regarding mandatory paid sick leave and other issues.  Notably, by a 13-1 vote, the Los Angeles City Council last week moved to double the current state minimum of paid sick leave and require employers in the City of Angels to provide up to…

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