States, Cities Still Looking to Raise Minimums

Notwithstanding the lesson from the impending Wal-Mart closings (and what might have caused them), state and local officials continue to look to mandate low-income workers into prosperity by increasing the minimum wage.  Advocates in the state of Maine have succeeded in securing the required number of signatures to place a question on the November ballot…

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Massachusetts Millionaires in the Crosshairs

Speaking of Massachusetts laws, the front group behind many of the minimum wage issues in the state, Raise Up Massachusetts, is also pushing a new ballot initiative that seeks to impose a Millionaire’s Tax on those individuals earning $1 million or more per year.  The group held a rally earlier this week at the State…

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Massachusetts Tip Pooling Bill Advances

The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development has reported out favorably legislation endorsed by DDIFO and pushed over the past several years.  The legislation was voted out by Committee and sent for further deliberation in both the House and Senate.  The tip pooling issue surfaced a few years ago with class action lawsuits exploiting…

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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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Massachusetts Hears Tip Pooling & Fair Scheduling Bills

The Massachusetts legislature next week will host a public hearing at which DDIFO will testify strongly in support on one bill and just as strongly in opposition to another.  The joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development will host the hearing beginning at 11:30 AM, at which it will take testimony on H.1704, an Act…

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Two More Franchisees Join DDIFO Hall of Fame

In more than 60 years of serving coffee and snacks to hundreds of millions of customers, Dunkin’ Donuts has featured many great operators, visionaries and business leaders. Once again this year, DDIFO is proud to honor some of those who made significant contributions to help grow the brand. On Tuesday September 22, two franchise owners…

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Mass. Supreme Court Clarifies Tip Pooling Law

The Massachusetts tip pooling law, which prevents managers from taking a cut of the tips left for servers, has been the subject of close scrutiny. Several franchise owners have been sued for allowing managers and supervisors to share the tips, and DDIFO has provided testimony for lawmakers explaining why the law is confusing and needs…

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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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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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