More Minimum Wage and Sick Leave

The state of Idaho became the latest to prohibit the imposition of local minimum wages a bill prohibiting political subdivisions from setting minimum wages above the state minimum become law without the signature of Governor Butch Otter.  The Governor’s staff explained that he didn’t sign or veto the legislation because he was “conflicted” about whether…

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Comment Period on DOL Sick Leave Ends Soon

We remind our members and other subscribers that the public comment period for another egregious DOL regulation, the paid sick leave mandate on federal contractors, closes in 11 days.  DOL has mandated that all employers involved in a federal contract must provide paid sick leave at the rate of 1 hour leave earned for every…

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California Agrees on $15 Minimum Wage

In a surprise one-sided agreement, California Governor Jerry Brown, legislative leaders and labor unions agreed to increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.  Small businesses are said to be granted an additional year to comply. The agreement resulted from discussions between the legislature, the Governor’s office and a number of labor…

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New York Deal Includes Wage Hike & Paid Sick Leave

Although at press time, there were still few details on the formal budget agreement in New York state, we do know that the final document includes an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour and a new paid sick leave mandate.  Business interests in New York had pushed back vigorously against Governor Cuomo’s…

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DOL Overtime Rule Sent To OMB

Without boring you with all the painful governmental details, the new Department of Labor mandated overtime rules have been sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for their final review before becoming effective.  OMB review typically takes a month or two to complete, but with the prospect of the Congressional Review…

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New York Senate Includes Sick Leave Mandate

In its latest draft budget for Fiscal Year 2017, the republican-controlled New York senate included a sick leave mandate on private employers.  The budget version, approved earlier this week sets up the parameters for negotiation during budget deliberations with the state Assembly.  By being included in both the Assembly and Senate versions of the budget,…

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SBA Advocacy Roundtable on Sick Leave Regulation

The Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy is hosting a roundtable next Monday in Washington on the Department of Labor (DOL) recently published regulation for sick leave benefits required of federal sub-contractors (including restaurants on federal property). The Office of Advocacy is charged with representing the interests of small businesses and commenting accordingly on the…

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Vermont Mandates Paid Sick Leave

The dictates on small business continue and the paid sick leave benefit has now been mandated by a fifth state as Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed paid sick leave into law this week in the Green Mountain State.  Under House 187, which cleared the legislature late last month and was signed into law Wednesday, all…

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New Jersey Sick Leave Bill Advances

Fortunately, it hasn’t cleared all the requisite hurdles yet, but a bill to mandate paid sick leave for all employees in New Jersey was passed by the critical Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee early this week by a razor-thin 7 – 6 vote.  One democratic senator joined the 5 republicans to oppose SB.799 in the…

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Department of Labor Pushes Mandatory Sick Leave

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) tipped their hand by sending one of their executives to Massachusetts to testify in support of a legislative proposal mandating sick leave for all private sector employees.  This week, they threw in for “the full Monty” with the department formally proposing a rule that will mandate paid sick…

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