How Do You Define Distracted?

Under the provisions of AB 1908 in New Jersey, it’s anything that’s not related to operating a motor vehicle – potentially, coffee included!  Yes, Hudson Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti along with Middlesex Assemblyman John Wisniewski have filed legislation that would potentially make a driver having a cup of coffee while operating a motor vehicle illegal.  The…

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Baltimore Sends Minimum Wage Back, For Now

Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young prevailed last week in a political battle with Councilor Mary Pat Clark as her proposal to increase the minimum wage within the city to $15/hour by 2022 was sent back to committee for more deliberation.  Young has gone on record as supporting an increase to as much as…

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Baltimore Moves Minimum Wage Forward

The saga continues in Baltimore with the proponents of a 71.4% minimum wage increase collecting 7 of 11 votes cast by the 15 member Baltimore city council to advance the bill to a final vote coming on Monday.  Of the 4 councilors not voting, 3 abstained and the fourth was absent from the vote this…

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DeBlasio Labor Peace Dictate In Effect

Although at first blush, it seems to go just toward city-assisted developers, but the depth and breadth of the Labor Peace Executive Order issued by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s could be far more reaching.  The order, which was signed a couple of weeks ago and took effect immediately, requires that certain developers – limited…

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Lawsuits vs ACA Mandate Growing

Two new lawsuits were filed this week by insurance companies over a specific provision of the Obamacare health insurance mandate.  The targeted provision, known as the “risk adjustment program”, requires health insurers whose members are healthier (and therefore less expensive to insure), to pay monies to their competitors whose members are not as healthy and…

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Baltimore Minimum Wage Vote Set for Next Month

The Baltimore City Council is set to decide next month whether it will mandate a city minimum wage of $15 per hour.  Last week, the City Council’s Labor Committee unanimously voted to send the bill to the full council for a vote.  Council President “Jack” Young is staunchly opposed to a $15 minimum as a…

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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

So, just yesterday it was reported that earlier this week the New Jersey Senate approved legislation authorizing the payment of unemployment benefits to striking workers.  Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto, who plans a vote on the issue soon, opined that strikers should not have to go weeks without getting compensation!  Wait, what??  Then, it follows that…

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“We Do Everything So Well, Why Not Health Insurance?”

Well, to be honest, we all knew it would come to this at some point, didn’t we?  New Jersey Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, a democratic lawmaker from Trenton who is currently a Deputy Majority Leader in the NJ Assembly is proposing that the state of New Jersey operate a health insurance system to compete with private…

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$15/hour Moving in Baltimore

Down the road from Philadelphia and against the wishes of City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young, the Baltimore City Council Labor Committee has indicated initial approval for an ordinance that will mandate a $15/hour minimum wage by 2022.  At Tuesday’s work session on the proposal, Council President Young advised the committee that he would not…

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New Jersey Sends Wage Hike To Christie

On a party line vote of 21 -18, the New Jersey Senate last week followed the lead of the state Assembly and sent a new minimum wage bill to Governor Christie for his signature.  He is expected to veto the legislation as he has in the past.  The bill (S.15) will hike the state minimum…

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