Connecticut Kills Proposed Employer Tax

The Connecticut House Committee on Finance Revenue and Bonding defeated an effort to move forward H 5069, An Act Concerning Law Wage Employees, which would have imposed an additional tax on certain employers of lower wage individuals.  This bill, which we reported on to you back in February, would have penalized employers with an additional…

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Connecticut Raises Minimum Wage, Again!

Notwithstanding that it had recently increased the minimum wage across the Nutmeg State, thereby keeping it the highest minimum wage in the nation, Connecticut didn’t think that was good enough when President Obama visited Central Connecticut State University a few weeks back.  Seems the President no sooner left when the legislature passed another increase in…

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Connecticut Advances Fining Those Not Paying “Predetermined Wages”

On a 7-3 vote this week, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employee Committee released HB 5069 with a favorable report to the House Floor.  The bill provides that any employer with 500 or more employees or “any franchisor whose franchisees, collectively, directly employ at least five hundred employees in the state” and does…

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Connecticut In The Minimum Wage Forefront

As we reported last week, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy is pushing S.32, a proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.  As a result, and not one to let world crises get in the way of a good political opportunity, President Obama visited Connecticut this week to push for an…

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Minimum Wage Increasing in Broad Array of States

We’ve apprised you over months of several states where proposals to increase the minimum wage were being considered.  Our friends in the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) have produced a Government Affairs Update which identifies those states that will increase their mandated minimum between now and July, 2014.  If you own shops in any…

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The minimum wage is increasing in a number of states.

Summary of Minimum Wage Increases

The 2014 federal minimum wage will remain unchanged at $7.25 per hour for non-tipped employees, and $2.13 per hour for tipped employees. However, one state’s minimum wage will increase on December 31, 2013 and eight states have announced their minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2014. Moreover, one state has proposed an increase, effective…

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California Approves $10 Minimum Wage

The California legislature passed a bill increasing the state’s minimum wage from the current $8 per hour to $10 by 2016.  The bill is expected to be signed by California’s Governor Jerry Brown, a longtime advocate for the increase.  California is the fourth state to formally increase the minimum wage this year – the others…

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What’s Brewing: Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage

Every day, franchise owners face the challenges and obstacles of owning a business, and every day, government officials are approving and vetoing legislation that affects those challenges. Independent Joe has been monitoring a number of bills, in several states, as they move through the halls of their state houses. Some of these initiatives were proverbial…

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What’s Brewing: Sick Leave, Meals Tax, Soda Ban, Payroll Tax

The ins and outs of keeping your Dunkin’ Donuts afloat are enough to fill your days and maybe even your nights, but the government likes to add to your challenges. With laws and regulations involving paid sick leave, higher payroll taxes and added meals taxes, Uncle Sam is putting his two cents into your business.…

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