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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Tips Still a Problem in Massachusetts

Despite getting our clarifying tip-pooling language passed in the House again this year (and defeated by one vote in the Senate for the second time in a row), the provision did not survive an economic development conference committee’s final report, thereby killing the effort for the current legislative session.  Ambiguities in Massachusetts’ law, specifically the…

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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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Campus Locations Making the Grade

Three days a week, Virginia Tech freshman Alex Hauser leaves his first class of the day and heads straight to his personal recharge station—the Dunkin’ Donuts located within Owens Hall. “It’s easy to access between classes, the line is never too long, and the workers really put out the orders quickly and efficiently,” he says.…

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Through Six Decades the Adie Family Remains Connected to their Community

Like many long-time franchisee families, the Adies have fond memories of Dunkin’ Donuts days gone by—when customers sat on 18 stools around a horseshoe countertop, drank six-ounce cups of coffee served in china cups with saucers and ate donuts and fancies. Bill and Arleen Adie opened their first Dunkin’ Donuts in 1968 in Chelmsford, Mass.…

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Chicago And Others Considering $15/Hour Ordinance

Last week, we reported that elected officials in the “City by the Bay” had reached agreement on an effort to put a $15/hour minimum wage proposal before San Francisco voters as a ballot referendum this coming fall.  Now, the issue has been raised for consideration in Chicago as just a few weeks back, several Alderman…

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Styrofoam Bans Back in The News

Portland Maine, which has been debating and deliberating since last September a ban on polystyrene foam for beverage cups and food containers adopted the ordinance earlier this week by a 6 – 3 vote.  The council action came after what was described as two hours of impassioned debate and sharply divided testimony on Monday evening. The…

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More Minimum Wage Issues At The State Level

As if Seattle and San Francisco aren’t doing enough to damage an already shaky economy, there are a number of equally egregious and challenging proposals in a host of State Houses across the country and especially on both coasts.  California State Senator Mark Leno has his own minimum wage bill (SB 935) pending in the…

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Massachusetts Bill Would Prohibit Social Media Inquiries

More along the lines of restricting employers’ abilities to learn as much about their job applicants as they may deem appropriate, a proposal passed in the Massachusetts state Senate as an amendment to the state budget would prohibit an employer from asking for access to an employee or applicant’s social media pages.  The issue had…

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