DC Pushes Expansion of Living Wage Law

Home of the nation’s capital, the District of Columbia has had a Living Wage Law on the books since 2006.  Its City Council is now looking to expand the reach of that law to include any business that “directly or indirectly benefits” from government contracts or various government assistance programs.  The proposal, filed by Councilwoman…

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Minimum Wage Increases at State Levels

With the turn of the calendar, minimum wages will increase in 14 individual states with 12 of those coming as a result of legislation enacted within the past two years.  Both New York ($9/hour and $9.75 for fast food workers) and West Virginia ($8.75/hour) mandated increases to minimum wages effective December 31.  The 12 state…

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Still Higher Minimum Wage Mandates

Since the $15/hour minimum wage mantra first rang out from Seattle, we have heard a fairly steady drumbeat advocating that communities set it as the new norm.  Over time, the effort has succeeded in a number of areas.  Just this week, Walmart, long a target for the $15/hour activists, announced that the company will be…

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New York Minimum Wage Issues

Although no surprise to anyone, the New York Industrial Board of Appeals has formally rejected the National Restaurant Association challenge to the state’s fast food minimum wage.  The decision was rendered a few weeks ago by the Industrial Board of Appeals, which is appointed by the Governor, on a challenge to the $15 fast food…

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Minimum Wage Issues Still Percolating

Minimum wage initiatives, another issue that was initially surfaced by President Obama, continue to make headlines in states and cities across the country.  Just this past week, the Urban County Council for Lexington, Kentucky voted to raise the minimum wage in the city from the current federal floor of $7.25/hour to a minimum of $10.10,…

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Cook County Looks At Minimum Wage Hike

The Cook County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing this week on the “Cook County Responsible Business Act”, a proposed ordinance that will penalize businesses with more than 750 employees (including franchises) for paying less than a specifically-defined hourly wage.  The proposed ordinance seeks to extort, er . . . collect a fee of…

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Cuomo Accuses Business of Stealing

Incredibly, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo accused businesses of stealing from the taxpayers because the state provides financial assistance to residents earning below certain levels of income.  On a “push the legislature for $15/hour wage” tour, the Governor said that “Business is stealing from the taxpayers of this state” because workers making less than $15/hour…

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New Jersey Member Meeting

New York and New Jersey franchise owners will want to mark their calendars for “The 1-2-3s of Employment Law – Hot Topics” on Tuesday, December 15 at the Doubletree Hotel Newark Airport.  The program will feature Attorney Tracy Armstrong, a partner and Executive Director of the firm Davison, Eastman and Munoz.  Ms. Armstrong, who has…

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Finance & Development Conference Takeaways

DDIFO Restaurant Analyst John Gordon had the opportunity to attend the recent conference and provides us with some of his observations, going beyond the headlines and the spin from earnings calls. Overall, restaurant market share has been stagnant for years, but: Restaurant sales are flat-to-up marginally but traffic is still down from the 2007 pre-recession…

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