Steve Catalano: Stepping Up

Steve Catalano knows firsthand that one person can make a difference. Catalano has raised more than $180,000 for Lyme disease research since 2015, after his daughter contracted it. That’s a hefty sum in such a short time. But he started giving back long before it became personal. A Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner for 27 years, he…

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Court OKs Right to Work

Speaking of right to work, the Badger State became the 25th state in the Union to adopt right-to-work back in 2015, but implementing the law has been a non-stop battle in Wisconsin ever since. The law has been challenged in both the federal and state courts and at this point, has prevailed in both. In…

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Sick Leave Still Spreading

The state level push to add, and in some cases expand existing, paid sick and family leave benefits for workers continued over the past few weeks with California expanding its already-generous family leave law and Rhode Island legislators approving up to 5 sick days leave on an annual basis. California lawmakers sent Governor Jerry Brown…

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Minimum Wage Watch

The seemingly endless increases in minimum wages continued over the past few weeks with the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor announcing the federal contractor minimum will increase to $10.35 per hour beginning on January 1, 2018. In addition, the minimum for tipped employees will increase to $7.25 an hour, also…

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After Irma

In the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in many parts of the state of Florida, we noted the Florida Governor Rick Scott last week launched an interest-free bridge loan program for Florida businesses in the 67 counties affected by the massive storm. The program, which will be run by the Florida Department…

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Revenge ON the Machines

No, we didn’t use the wrong preposition, city officials in San Francisco are indeed targeting the machines, or more specifically those who use machines instead of employees. The idea of hitting employers that utilize technology and automation (read: robots) with additional taxes for making their businesses more efficient (at the cost of employee jobs) first…

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Seattle Mayor Resigns, Millionaire Tax Challenged

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who dropped his campaign for reelection back in May, resigned this week as Mayor in the face of the fifth person (this one his younger cousin) coming forward to accuse him of child sexual abuse. Murray officially vacated the office effective at 5PM on Wednesday and City Council President Bruce Harrell…

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Mass AG Clears 21 Ballot Questions

Another minimum wage hike is only one of the 21 ballot initiatives covering 18 different topics that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey advanced this past week toward the November ballot. At this point, the AG only certifies that the questions do not violate the state constitution, clearing the way for the proponents to go to…

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New York City Agrees to Menu-Labeling Delay

In the wake of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) filing court papers a few weeks ago intervening in a current court case challenging the New York City menu-labeling mandate, the Big Apple has agreed to delay implementation. Under the terms of a stipulation filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of…

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Maine Unions Accept Right To Work

Members of two of Maine’s larger public employee unions have voted to ratify contracts effectively implementing right to work provisions in the state for the first time. The Maine State Employees Association (MSEA) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSME) accepted two year contracts that specifically eliminates the current requirement that…

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