Massachusetts’ Paid Sick Leave Starts

Members with stores in the Bay State are reminded that the state’s mandatory Paid Sick Leave law goes into effect on July 1.  The bill mandates that all employees who work in the state, whether full-time, part-time or temporary are entitled to earn and use up to 40 hours of sick leave per calendar year. …

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Earned Sick Leave Arrives in Massachusetts

And, it becomes effective July 1, with a deferred effective date for select employers.  The state’s Attorney General Maura Healey has offered a safe harbor for an additional six months to employers who had a paid sick leave policy of at least 30 hours per year in place by May 1, 2015.  The Attorney General…

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Franchisees Celebrate K-Cup Deal

In the summer of 2007, news broke in the city of Cincinnati – the home of consumer brand giant Procter & Gamble – and in Boston – the home of Dunkin’ Donuts. P&G was to begin selling Dunkin’ coffee in supermarkets and other retail outlets. No longer did a customer have to go to a…

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Massachusetts “No-Tipping” Policy Legal

We were delighted with the decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court a week ago affirming that franchise owners have to right to decide whether to allow tipping in their stores.  Meshna v Scrivanos was decided in favor of the franchise owner after the case was taken from the appellate court docket for direct review…

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New York AG Targets “On-Call” Shifts

It would seem that the next call to arms against the business community will be about insufficient notice of being called in to work.  Our readers may recall that earlier this year, we reported on San Francisco passing a Retail Workers Bill of Rights, which among other provisions penalizes employers for not giving employees a…

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Paid Sick Leave Filed in Congress

It’s been percolating in several state houses and city halls around the country and now, Congress is getting into the Mandatory Sick Leave business.  Last week, sick leave legislation was filed in both the US Senate and the House of Representatives.  Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) filed the so-called Healthy Families Act, which would mandate that…

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Is Tax Cutting Getting Popular?

As state legislatures around the country begin their 2015 sessions in earnest, we couldn‘t help note that several are now looking at reducing tax burdens and making more of an effort to “live within their means”.  In his State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo highlighted his “2015 Opportunity Agenda”, which calls…

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Paid Sick Leave Spreading Like the Flu

It began back in 2006 when San Francisco mandated paid sick leave for every worker in the city at a rate of 1 hour paid leave earned for every 30 hours worked.  It was followed by Washington, DC and Milwaukee just 2 years later.  (The Milwaukee law was never implemented and after Wisconsin Governor Scott…

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More on Minimum Wage

In the same vein, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will be pushing to increase the (recently increased) minimum wage for New York City to $11.50 and the rest of the state to $10.50/hour by the end of next year.  The minimum in New York was just raised in 2013 from $7.25 to $8.75 and will…

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Member Meetings Begin Anew

The first of the 2015 DDIFO Member Meetings, the Mid-Atlantic District Meeting, has been scheduled for Thursday, February 12 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Newark Airport.  It is scheduled as a luncheon meeting, with networking opportunities beginning at 11:00 AM, lunch at 12 Noon and the meeting concluding at 3:00 PM.  We are finalizing…

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