Miscellaneous

There are strong arguments that current minimum wages are insufficient for workers to purchase basic necessities, but there is an equally strong argument that supply and demand for good workers will force companies to increase their wage scales without the government sticking its nose in.  A perfect case in point was made last week when…

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What’s Brewing: Calorie labeling, Minimum wage, Scheduling

It may seem hard these days for Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners to catch a break, with everyone from the federal government down to the local city council taking aim at the quick service restaurant industry. But Dunkin’ and other franchise owners got a big reprieve recently when the Food and Drug Administration gave the boot…

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Minimum Wage Stays in the News

It seems a week can’t go by without some new minimum wage activity being in the forefront somewhere.  This week’s news brings us back to the state of Maine, where advocates have succeeded in placing a minimum wage increase on the ballot this November, but that’s yesterday’s news.  This week, a broad coalition of business…

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Minimum Wage Hikes Alive and Well

Lest we forget, the push for increased minimum wages continues around the country with two more being enacted within the past couple of weeks.  On the west coast, Oregon became the latest state to buy into it when the Oregon House passed Senate bill 1532 and Governor Kate Brown promised to sign it into law. …

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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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IFA Files Amicus in NY Fast Food Challenge

The International Franchise Association (IFA) on Monday filed an amicus brief in conjunction with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) supporting a lawsuit challenging the NY fast-food minimum wage.  The National Restaurant Association (NRA) originally challenged the discriminatory ‘fast-food-only minimum wage increase’ when it was first mandated by the NY Fast Food Wage Board,…

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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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IFA Appeals Seattle Discrimination to SCOTUS

The International Franchise Association (IFA), which filed suit in 2014 against the City of Seattle after it passed a $15 minimum wage law that discriminates against the franchise business model, has appealed the dismissal of the case, subsequently upheld by the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, to the Supreme Court of the United States…

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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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Wal-Mart Closings and $15/hour?

One can’t help but wonder on the correlation between Wal-Mart giving in to public pressure last February and agreeing to raise their minimum wages across the country and their more recent announcement that the world’s largest retail company will close 154 stores across the nation and an additional 115 elsewhere around the globe.  The US…

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