Minimum Wage Machinations

The drumbeat has gone on for the past several years now, and it continued this week in the state of Delaware. At the last minute, the Delaware state senate on Tuesday postponed an expected vote on legislation hiking the current state minimum wage of $8.25 to $10.25 an hour by 2020 and subsequently tie future…

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Maine Senate Kills Union Ratification Bill

Speaking of Maine and the state senate, the Maine senate voted 20-13 last week to kill a bill that would have required a union ratification vote every two years in union workplaces. The bill, LD 1553, would have mandated that union workers ratify their collective bargaining representation by secret ballot every other year. In addition,…

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More Minimum Wage Mischief

It is an issue that just won’t go away, and this week was no exception with the courts, legislatures and a governor here and there each having something to say/do about minimum wages. The Cavaliers might have one foot in the grave in the NBA Finals, but the Cleveland minimum wage law has been brought…

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Preparing for Paid Leave

That preemption veto notwithstanding, mandatory paid leave becomes effective in the Twin Cities at the end of this month. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have paid leave mandates on their books that will take effect on July 1. Except in those communities that have opted out of the county mandates, paid sick leave also becomes…

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Seattle Adopts Soda Tax, May Apply to Coffee Drinks

It was the city that first fell for the Fight for $15 narrative and this week it added a soda and sugary drink tax to its mandates. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed the 1.75 cent per ounce tax into law Tuesday, the day after the Seattle city council passed the money grab on a 7…

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A Taxing Decision?

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court dismissal of a proposed class action suit over the charging of sales taxes at Dunkin’ Donuts shops in Manhattan. The District Court initially dismissed the case in part because the plaintiffs had not exhausted their administrative remedies, such as petitioning the Department of Taxation for…

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Miscellaneous

Last week, a new website was launched by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) entitled the “Faces of $15” highlighting the victims of the Fight for $15 initiative by SEIU. The website chronicles the impact of the minimum wage on 100 small businesses and employees – not a pretty sight. SEIU gave birth to the Fight…

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New York Mayor Signs “Fair Workweek” Package

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a legislative package this week that gives extraordinary rights to workers of fast food establishments within the Big Apple. The package contains several bills that foist new requirements on fast food employers including scheduling workers at least two weeks in advance or be penalized by having to…

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Governors Giveth, Taketh Away

Their actions could not more clearly speak to their outlook on business in general, but two governors went in different directions this week over leave legislation put before them. As we speculated last week, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan made good on an earlier promise to veto a family leave bill that didn’t meet his requirements.…

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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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