DOL Official Endorses Paid Sick Leave

As if sticking it to business through the aforementioned overtime rule wasn’t enough transformation, Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu came to Massachusetts last week to advocate for the adoption of mandated paid family and medical leave for all employees.  The administration’s push for national paid sick leave mandates has not gotten any traction in…

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Minimum Wage Heading to Ballots

Often going hand-in-hand with paid sick leave, the push for increased minimum wages across the country continues unabated.  San Diego City Councilors voted last week to put an incremental minimum wage increase, including a mandated 5 days annual sick leave for all employees, on the ballot for the June 7 presidential primary election.  The increase…

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Punishing Success

One of the next frontiers for the tax and spend advocates is very likely to be extra taxes on those who have enjoyed some degree of financial success.  Advocates in Massachusetts want to bring the hammer down on those who are financially successful, pushing for an amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution that would allow for…

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Maria Stephanos Headlines Northeast Regional Meeting

Veteran Boston news anchor Maria Stephanos will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Northeast Regional meeting being held at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center on Tuesday, March 1.  Ms. Stephanos began her Channel 5 WCVB tenure on the anchor desk just last night.  She left Fox’s Boston affiliate last fall after 18…

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Airports and Minimum Wages

Speaking of Seattle and minimum wage, you will recall that the city of Sea-Tac in Washington state, encompassing the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, was the first in the nation to adopt a $15 minimum.  Not to be outdone, two Massachusetts legislators think airport workers need special protection and have filed bills (SD 2307 / H 3923)…

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GMO Issue Resurfaces

We haven’t heard much of it lately, but the GMO labeling issue is still very much alive in a number of states.  The state of Maine adopted GMO labeling back in 2014, however the law included two distinct and important caveats – a delayed effective date and an automatic repeal provision. Currently, GMO labeling requirements…

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DDIFO Member Meetings

We will begin our series of member meetings for 2016 next month with our first meeting scheduled for February 24 at the Tampa Airport Marriott, followed by our Northeast Regional meeting the following week on March 1.  We’re still finalizing the program content for both, but are excited about adding some new twists to our…

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States, Cities Still Looking to Raise Minimums

Notwithstanding the lesson from the impending Wal-Mart closings (and what might have caused them), state and local officials continue to look to mandate low-income workers into prosperity by increasing the minimum wage.  Advocates in the state of Maine have succeeded in securing the required number of signatures to place a question on the November ballot…

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Tax Burdens

It is a few years behind real-time, but always interesting to read when the US Tax Foundation annually releases its report on the State – Local Tax Burdens.  This week, the Washington DC based Think Tank released its report on FY 2012.  New York continued to maintain a death-grip on the highest tax burden in…

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