New Jersey Passes Pay Parity

Although it hasn’t garnered too much attention against the backdrop of presidential politics, minimum wage hikes and sick leave mandates, the New Jersey legislature has given final approval to a pay parity bill that will require that men and women employed in the same position, be paid at the same pay rate.  The bill will…

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New Jersey Sick Leave Bill Advances

Fortunately, it hasn’t cleared all the requisite hurdles yet, but a bill to mandate paid sick leave for all employees in New Jersey was passed by the critical Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee early this week by a razor-thin 7 – 6 vote.  One democratic senator joined the 5 republicans to oppose SB.799 in the…

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Minimum Wages Stays in the Forefront

The issue of mandating increases in minimum wages across the country continues to command attention at a host of different levels.  On the presidential campaign trail, democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who called for a $12/hour minimum wage last fall (her opponent, Bernie Sanders filed legislation mandating $15/hour), advocated an end to the tipped minimum wage…

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de Blasio To Push Mandatory Retirement Savings Next

With sodium warning labels now safely in place, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio took another page out of the “big government playbook” when he led a rally last week at which he announced a plan to mandate retirement savings for all employees of private companies with 10 or more workers where there is not…

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Minimum Wage Heading to Ballots

Often going hand-in-hand with paid sick leave, the push for increased minimum wages across the country continues unabated.  San Diego City Councilors voted last week to put an incremental minimum wage increase, including a mandated 5 days annual sick leave for all employees, on the ballot for the June 7 presidential primary election.  The increase…

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New Jersey Next for $15/Hour?

According to reports this week, leaders in the New Jersey legislature hope to make New Jersey the next state to adopt a $15 an hour minimum wage.  Several lawmakers, including Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, are pushing legislation to raise the state’s current $8.38 hourly minimum to $15, an astounding 79% increase!  Prieto is quoted as…

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Airports and Minimum Wages

Speaking of Seattle and minimum wage, you will recall that the city of Sea-Tac in Washington state, encompassing the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, was the first in the nation to adopt a $15 minimum.  Not to be outdone, two Massachusetts legislators think airport workers need special protection and have filed bills (SD 2307 / H 3923)…

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Paid Sick Leave Back in Vogue

In some states where the minimum wage has already been dramatically increased (subject to judicial and other challenges – think New York), elected officials have looked at mandating paid sick leave and predictive scheduling as the next frontiers in fighting “income inequality”.  Maryland Senate majority leader Catherine Pugh (D-Baltimore) is a prime example.  She announced…

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Tax Burdens

It is a few years behind real-time, but always interesting to read when the US Tax Foundation annually releases its report on the State – Local Tax Burdens.  This week, the Washington DC based Think Tank released its report on FY 2012.  New York continued to maintain a death-grip on the highest tax burden in…

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Sugary Drink Issues Resurface

The National Commission on Hunger released its final report, “Freedom from Hunger: An Achievable Goal for the United States of America” earlier this week and in it recommended that sugar-sweetened drinks be excluded from the list of items eligible for purchase with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.  The recommendation, presented for consideration by Congress,…

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