Obama Now Pushing Paid Family Leave

President Obama yesterday announced that he will push Congress to enact a bill mandating paid sick leave for all American workers. According to a LinkedIn post by top Obama aide Valerie Jarret, the administration is filing the Healthy Americans Act, which would require all businesses in the nation employing at least 15 people to provide…

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And At The State Level

Let’s take a break from federal headaches for the moment and look at some action at the state level. As Governor Chris Christie moves closer to a possible presidential bid, legislators in New Jersey are teeing up an extensive mandatory paid leave bill in Trenton that would require all employers to provide one hour paid…

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New Jersey Advances Mandatory Sick Leave

Assembly bill #2354 has been pending in the New Jersey Assembly since it was first introduced back in February of this year.  Early this week, the Assembly Budget Committee chose to advance the bill on a 6-4 vote with one member not voting and another abstaining.  If passed as currently drafted, A2354 would mandate that workers…

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Other Ballot Initiatives

As though minimum wage battles at the local, county and state levels were not challenging enough, there were a number of other issues decided on various state and municipal ballots that members should be aware of.  Staying on the west coast for a moment, making headlines on another issue this week, Berkeley, CA voters approved…

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Connecticut Expands Sick Leave

Our attorney friends at Murtha Culina have advised us that additional changes are in store for businesses in Connecticut as the legislature there has authorized changes in the state’s mandatory paid sick leave law effective January 1, but with the first week of October being an important timeframe as well.  There is a 50 employee minimum that determines the…

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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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NJ Pushing Paid Leave

Although there hasn’t been a noticeable groundswell of support for mandated paid sick leave in the NJ legislature, the Speaker of the NJ Assembly this week announced that the body will consider a statewide paid sick leave mandate when they return in September.  Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto committed to bring the issue to the floor for a…

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More Employment Law Issues On The Horizon

As minimum wage issues continue across the country, we note more states are now looking at expanding non-wage benefits for employees and putting additional restraints on business employment practices.  Back on the east coast, the Massachusetts Senate this week approved a bill barring employers from requiring workers or job applicants from disclosing their social media…

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More Issues From The West Coast

Perhaps not as troublesome as the Seattle actions, but equally as negative to the job creation front of small business and on a even faster track is AB1522 pending in the California Assembly.  AB 1522, which was sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, would require employers to provide up to 24 hours of paid, protected sick…

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What’s Brewing: Paid Time Off, Mandates, Protection for Franchisees

Last August, Independent Joe interviewed Yuwen Chen, owner of three Dunkin’ Donuts shops in New York’s Hudson Valley, about paid sick leave legislation that was being considered in New York City and how its passage could affect his businesses 80 miles away. “The costs can really hurt the business owner,” he said, “because not only…

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