Washington Voters to Decide Wage & Sick Leave Issue

Voters in the state of Washington will have the opportunity to vote on the question of increasing the state’s minimum wage (currently $9.47) and mandating paid sick leave come this November.  Advocates have succeeded in collecting the required signatures to put Initiative 1433 on the ballot.  The initiative provides for specific increases in the state…

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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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Maine Finalizes Minimum Wage Ballot Language

Last week, we told you that there was strong business community opposition to the wording of a ballot question in Maine relating raising the minimum wage.  In response, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap revisited the question and has now issued the final wording for the question as it will appear on the November ballot. …

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July 1 Brings New Laws

There are two dates every year when we have to be especially conscious of changes in government laws and/or regulations – one is January 1 and the other is today, July 1, the start of many government fiscal years.  With so much new regulation being piled on to the business community, we thought it might…

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Wordsmithing Maine Minimum Wage

Business groups are pushing to have a ballot question heading before voters in Maine this November re-worded to more accurately summarize the impact of the proposal. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap released proposed language this past week but his draft has no mention of any the increase being indexed to inflation after the initial phase-in…

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DC Approves New Minimum Wage Hike

The state of Maine may be waiting for input on the minimum wage issue from the electorate, but not so much, the Washington DC City Council.  The capital’s legislative body unanimously approved an ordinance to hike the hourly minimum of $10.50 to $15/hour in 2020.  The minimum was already scheduled to increase by $1 to…

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New York Court Upholds Fast Food Wage

The New York Appellate court has upheld the decision of the New York Industrial Board of Appeals that the $15/hour minimum wage mandated for fast food workers.  The minimum was set by a 3 person Wage Board appointed (without any restaurant interest representatives) by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo specifically to implement the increase on…

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

The so-called Fight for 15, being directed, financed and staffed by labor union SEIU, is predicated on selling the notion that in every nook and cranny of the nation, a minimum wage of $15 is necessary for employees to attain a “livable wage”.  In Websters online dictionary, the “living wage” is generally defined as an…

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Cuomo Wants Unionized Farm Workers

Having already “fixed” the fast food industry by jamming a one-size-fits-all elevated $15/hour minimum wage down the throats of QSRs and the broader restaurant industry, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is apparently looking to do the same for the local farming industry in the Empire State.  Cuomo recently announced that his administration would not defend…

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Unintended Consequences

Arguably, one of the greatest works in English literature is The Canterbury Tales. This collection of 24 individual stories is presented as a story-telling contest by pilgrims traveling to visit a shrine at Canterbury Cathedral back in the 14th century. In this iconic work, author Geoffrey Chaucer is credited with giving birth to the first…

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