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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Real Laws Are Changing Too

With the New Year arriving, so too are changes to laws in the states around the country, and these changes were actually passed by the states’ legislative bodies!  We reported to you last week that the minimum wage was increasing in some 21 states around the country as of January 1, 2015 and we think…

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Private Property Rights Further Eroded

In a recent decision that may shock private property advocates throughout the country, the Massachusetts Supreme Court released its decision in the case of Glovsky v Roche Bros. Supermarkets, Inc. in which they essentially determined that private property would qualify as public space for the purpose of access in those cases where the private retail…

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Domestic Violence Reaches Small Business

In the wake of Ray Rice and the infamous elevator video, followed closely by Adrian Peterson using a “switch” on his 4-year old son among other news reports, it is not surprising that domestic violence is getting much attention now.  The Massachusetts legislature, however acted more than a month ago to provide domestic violence victims…

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Massachusetts Voters Will Decide Sick Leave Question

Massachusetts voters this fall will be faced with the question of whether or not the state government should mandate that private employers provide paid sick or family leave for employees.  The ballot question provides that employees will earn an hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours. …

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