Sick Leave Rule for Government Contractors Finalized

There may be only 174 days left to the Obama administration, but his penchant for ruling by Executive Order continues to impact businesses.  Executive Order 13706 requires federal contractors to offer their employees up to 7 days of paid sick leave per year on the basis of one hour earned for every 30 hours worked. …

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Baltimore Exempts Small Business From Minimum Wage

She has said she won’t budge on a $15 per hour minimum wage bill she’s sponsored in Baltimore, so Councilwoman Mary Pat Clark introduced an amendment last week to exempt all businesses with 50 or fewer employees or less than $500,000 in gross annual revenue from the mandate.  Ostensibly, she is looking for a way…

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Minnesota Wages Rise on August 1

Although most of the states’ automatic minimum wage increases are effective on the first day of either January or July every year, there are exceptions and Minnesota is one of them.  The Gopher State has a two-tiered minimum wage, with the tier determined by the annual sales of a business.  Effective Monday, August 1, the…

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Colorado & Washington Voters To Decide Wages

It is now official, voters in two more states will be asked this fall whether their minimum wages should be increased.  This past Monday, advocates in Colorado submitted over 200,000 signatures, more than double the required 98,492, to place the question of mandating an increase in the state minimum wage on the November ballot.  The…

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Miscellaneous

It can’t be the weather this time, but same store sales across the broader restaurant industry were flat during the month of June according to the latest Miller Pulse survey, released just last week.  The survey showed traffic had fallen across the board: quick service was off 1.3 percent for the month, while casual-dining dropped…

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What’s Brewing: Overtime rules, Wage Hikes, Salt

It would be an understatement to say these are challenging times for the restaurant business, and, in particular, for the quick service sector. In fact, Dunkin’ franchise owners find themselves in the midst of a veritable superstorm of new government-mandated overtime rules, minimum wage hikes, family-leave requirements and now “voluntary” sodium disclosures as well. Possibly…

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Tale of Two Platforms

For those of us who watched the Republican Convention this week and plan to watch the Democratic National confab beginning Monday, there are a couple of contrasting platform positions you might want to be aware of.  Last week, business media in Ohio reported that advocates were pushing both national parties to adopt a Change.org petition…

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What Have You Done For Me Lately?

As a case in point that minimum wage hikes are never enough, a few months ago, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney asked for businesses operating at the city-owned Philadelphia International Airport to raise the minimum pay for all full- or part-time workers there to $12 per hour.   After much negotiation, agreement was finally reached and new…

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NLRB Rulings Further Squeeze Business

One week, two NLRB rulings = more trouble for businesses!  The National Labor Relations Board this week continued what could arguably be called its war on small business with two distinct rulings from the agency.  The issue in the first stems from the In-N-Out Burger practice of including “Merry Christmas” buttons on their workers’ uniforms…

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