Federal Mandates Worth Watching: Depreciation, Full-time Overtime

While Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners keep a close eye on the status of various pieces of state legislation, including the minimum wage increase and the paid sick leave act, there are new important items on the docket at the federal level that deserve some close attention too. “One of those items is permanent 15-year depreciation,”…

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New Jersey Issues Still In Play

Maine has a relatively short legislative session, formally ending it over the next month or two, but not so New Jersey.  As we advised you in last week’s Small Regular, the State Assembly recently advanced A-2354, the Paid Sick Leave Bill, which will require all businesses – regardless of size – to provide between five…

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New Jersey Moves Paid Sick Leave Bill

We are also informed that the New Jersey Assembly has advanced A 2354, a proposal that will mandate paid sick leave for private sector employees throughout the Garden State.  The initiative comes in the wake of New Jersey’s two largest cities passing their own paid sick leave laws – both Jersey City and Newark have…

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Vermont Paid Sick Leave Bill Sent To Appropriations Committee

Staying in New England for a moment, Vermont’s House of Representatives referred H.208, a bill that would mandate annual paid sick leave for employees in the Green Mountain state to the House Appropriations Committee.  The bill would require employers to give employees one hour paid leave for every 30 hours worked up to a maximum…

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Paid Sick Leave Push Across New Jersey

Speaking of political issues in New Jersey, there seems to be a concerted effort across many of the Garden States’ cities to advocate for passage of mandatory paid sick leave.  Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop has been aggressively pushing the mandatory leave initiative, but many of the state’s larger cities are pushing hard for its…

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What’s Brewing: Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage

Every day, franchise owners face the challenges and obstacles of owning a business, and every day, government officials are approving and vetoing legislation that affects those challenges. Independent Joe has been monitoring a number of bills, in several states, as they move through the halls of their state houses. Some of these initiatives were proverbial…

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What’s Brewing: Sick Leave, Meals Tax, Soda Ban, Payroll Tax

The ins and outs of keeping your Dunkin’ Donuts afloat are enough to fill your days and maybe even your nights, but the government likes to add to your challenges. With laws and regulations involving paid sick leave, higher payroll taxes and added meals taxes, Uncle Sam is putting his two cents into your business.…

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Massachusetts Considering Bills to Become the First State to Require Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave

From time to time DDIFO is pleased to present Guest Commentary from valued contributors. Guest commentaries feature the views and opinions of the contributor and are not necessarily the opinions of DDIFO and it’s Board of Directors. The following is an article written and submitted by Nathan L. Kaitz, whi is an attorney with Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP. Nathan may be reached at (617) 523-6666 or at nkaitz@morganbrown.com. Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP focuses exclusively on representing employers in employment and labor matters

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Massachusetts Bill Would Force Paid Sick Leave for Everyone

Amanda Fakhreddine of the Patriot Ledger writes that in order to stay in business in the current economic climate, Richard Meier, owner of Meier & Associates, has had to make drastic cutbacks. Now, Meier, whose company is based in Abington, has another worry – the Paid Sick Leave Act that’s being considered by the state Legislature.

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