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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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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