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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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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Los Angeles Wage Law Closer To Reality

The Los Angeles City Council gave its final approval this week to an ordinance mandating a $15/hour minimum wage by 2020, but held back on some of the more controversial provisions they had been considering.  Unbelievably, the Council is still deliberating whether to adopt an amendment exempting certain unions that may have negotiated lower pay…

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Pennsylvania Looks To Go In Different Direction

It’s a long way from becoming law, but we’re glad to be able to report that the Pennsylvania Senate is at least considering the needs of small business as relates unnecessarily increasing labor costs.  We noted this week that the senate on a vote of 37 – 12 passed a bill that would overturn a…

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Family and Medical Leave Proposal Refiled

Federal legislation that would establish a paid family and medical leave program has been refiled in the both branches of Congress by Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) respectively.  Current law provides workers with unpaid job-protected leave for covered serious health issues, but these proposals (H.R.1439 & S.786), would create…

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