Further South

The City Council in Mountain View California, located on the San Francisco peninsula, approved an increase in their minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018.  The new law phases in the increase from the current $10.30 to $11 in January.  The minimum then jumps an additional $2 per hour in each of the subsequent…

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Fair Scheduling Proposals Spreading

It began (as many of these ideas do) in San Francisco as part of the “Retail Worker’s Bill of Rights”, but the notion of so-called “Fair Scheduling” or “Strict Scheduling” laws is gaining more traction in states around the country.  Last week, the Massachusetts legislature’s Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development heard public testimony…

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Vermont Angling for Paid Sick Leave

Although (thankfully) their legislative session has ended for this year, the state of Vermont is already angling to pass a sick leave mandate onto private employers during the 2016 session.  That objective was announced by lame duck Governor Peter Shumlin along with current Speaker of the House and 2016 gubernatorial candidate Shap Smith at a…

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California Governor Vetoes Sick Leave Expansion

We told you above that Governor Gerry Brown signed the Franchise Relations Act last Sunday, but what he also did that day was veto a bill that extending existing unpaid sick leave benefits to as much as 12 weeks of job-protected leave.  The extension provided by Senate bill 406 would have allowed for leave to…

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16 Week Paid Leave Introduced in DC

In the “frosting on the cake” category, Washington DC Councilman David Grosso this week filed legislation that would mandate up to 16 weeks of paid family leave for all employees in the District of Columbia!  The proposal would require that all non-federal employers pay into a city-managed fund (what could go wrong with that?) that…

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All Politics Are Local

The late Speaker of the US House Tip O’Neil may have coined that phrase and truer words were never spoken, so you can absolutely expect paid sick leave and minimum wage increases to be major campaign issues in the 2016 presidential race.  This Business Journal article lays out some of the reasoning behind it being…

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Obama Mandates Paid Sick Leave

It may be just the first federal volley on the subject, but it follows the same pattern as the minimum wage push did a few years ago.  President Obama, in a Labor Day speech to Boston unions, announced an executive order that will require paid sick leave for employees of any private contractors seeking to…

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What’s Brewing: Bill of Rights, Paid Sick Leave, Fair Franchising

The challenges just keep on coming on for Dunkin’ and other quick service franchise owners. First there was the wave of minimum-wage hikes across the country, which have raised the cost of doing business in several major cities. Now franchise owners are facing growing demands to provide paid sick leave and give their employees as…

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Sick Leave Contagious

Similar to the spread of the minimum wage push, the notion of mandating that businesses offer paid sick leave to all employees continues to surface around the country.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts a few weeks ago finalized its regulations mandating up to 40 hours paid sick leave per year for all employees (of companies with…

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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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