Minimum Wage Volatility Continues

The question of raising minimum wages at the federal, state and local levels continues to yield a broad array of answers across the country – and the debates show no signs of abating. SEIU funded Fight for $15 and other advocate groups, such as Arise Chicago, protested at various locations around the Chicago area this…

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Franchisee Completes Circle by Returning to Root

Dennis Gramm knows Dunkin’. While the franchisee operates four stores in northwest suburban Chicago (with two more stores under construction), he also has a unique perspective amongst his peers, having spent 11 years on the corporate side of Dunkin’ Brands before becoming a franchise owner in 2007. “In the eyes of some of the legacy…

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SEIU & Fight for $15

We thought GMOs had been dealt with and you may have forgotten about SEIU and their efforts orchestrating the Fight for $15 efforts around the country, but post-election, they’re back like a bad penny!  Next Tuesday, November 29, service workers (including baggage handlers, cleaners, janitors and wheelchair attendants) at O’Hare International Airport will walk off…

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More Minimum Wage Updates

Just a few weeks ago, Illinois’ Cook County adopted a paid sick leave law almost identical to that which is in place in the City of Chicago – one hour leave for every 40 hours worked.  This week, the Cook County Board again followed the lead of the Windy City when they mandated a $13…

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Cook County Approves Paid Sick Leave

The Chicago suburbs followed the path of the Windy City this week with the formal approval of mandatory paid sick leave for private employees by the Cook County Board of Commissioners.  Almost identical to the Chicago version of paid sick leave passed back in June, the Cook County law provides that all employees who work…

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Chicago Plastic Bag Ban Expands

One year after it initially went into effect for chain stores with floor areas over 10,000 square feet, the Chicago ban on single-use plastic bags expanded this week (August 1) to cover smaller chain stores with less than that amount of floor area.  Violations are punishable by fines ranging from $100 to $500 per violation. …

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Chicago Gets Sick (Leave) Too

The germ of paid sick leave spread to the Midwest as well this week, as Chicago formally adopted the mandate by a unanimous vote of 48-0 at the Wednesday meeting of the City Council.  As we advised you last week, with 38 sponsors (out of 50 aldermen) and the support of Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, the…

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Chicago Prepares Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Chicago appears to be the next likely venue to mandate paid sick leave for private business employees, as the Board of Aldermen’s Committee on Workforce Development and Audit unanimously approved the initiative yesterday.  The proposal, sponsored by 38 of Chicago’s 50 Aldermen, would mandate that any employee working at least 80 hours over a four…

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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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Labor Commissioner Approves New York Minimum Wage

In what surprises absolutely no-one, New York state Labor Commissioner Mario Musolino approved the recommendation of the Fast Food Wage Board appointed earlier this year by Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Not even trying to make it look on the level, Governor Cuomo in an appearance with Vice President Joe Biden, announced that Commissioner Musolino had signed…

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