The More Things Change . . .

Summer is over, so it would appear that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and their wholly- owned Fight for $15 initiative picked up where they left off with a strike on the holiday weekend at selected fast food restaurants around the country. SEIU also took the occasion of the Labor Day holiday to officially…

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Paid Leave, Wage Trigger Approaching

The July 4th holiday may be one we all look forward to, but please be aware that July 1st is the trigger date for a number of new minimum wage increases as well as paid leave mandates in cities, counties and states around the country. This following listing is nowhere near all-inclusive, but just some…

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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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