Right To Work Still in Play

An unlikely result is still in play in the state of Maine, as the legislature there continues to entertain a proposal to make Maine the 29th state in the union with a right-to-work law on its books. Longshot or not, right to work legislation was the subject of a raucous public hearing before the Labor,…

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Minimum Wage Goes Global

Yes, there is an international angle regarding minimum wage mandates that we want to get to, but let’s update American issues first. At the federal level, the National Urban League, which is an advocacy organization for urban communities across the country, released its annual State of Black America Report earlier this week. The report, which…

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States Still Adding Paid Sick Leave Mandates

We may not know what will ultimately happen at the federal level regarding sick leave mandates, but the writing seems to be on the wall at the state level as more states are now taking a closer look at the issue. Notwithstanding strong opposition from the business community in the state of Maine, the Legislature’s…

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Minimum Wage Redux?

We advised months ago that the voter-approved minimum wage hike in the state of Maine was going to be reconsidered by the legislature and in fact, a raucous public hearing was held this week in Augusta for just that purpose. Media reports claim that between “dozens” and “hundreds” (we don’t know which is the ‘fake…

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And On Taxes . . .

The state of Maine is looking seriously at amending a voter-approved ballot initiative that mandates an additional 3% surcharge from those with incomes over $200,000, an oxymoronic version of a “millionaire’s tax”. Anyway, already in this legislative session, five bills have been filed to amend the narrowly-approved measure and those bills, which run the gamut…

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Paid Leave Surfacing Again

It has been rearing its head all around the nation for a while now, and the paid leave phenomenon got a boost when President Trump addressed Congress and told them he wanted them to pass paid family leave into law. So, with that boost, the issue continues with Maine considering adopting a version of the…

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Extending, Expanding New York Millionaire’s Tax

New York so-called “millionaire’s tax” was first adopted back in 2009 and renewed two years later in 2011. It is set to expire at the end of this year, so the effort has already begun – not just to extend the expiration date (another three year extension of the 8-year old tax), but also to…

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Employment Battles Continue as More States Preempt

A growing number of states around the nation are exercising control of minimum wages by preempting the establishment of local minimums, paid sick leave and other employment mandates, according to a new report. In “City Rights in an Era of Preemption”, the National League of Cities laments the proliferation of state preemption and alleges that…

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Minimum Wages Staying in the Forefront

It seems that the debate over increases to minimum wages around the country has been in the news now for longer than one can imagine, and that may very well be the case! The question of the minimum wage was first raised most recently by President Obama in his 2013 state of the union address…

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Love, Marriage and Dunkin’

When Colleen Bailey walked into her local Dunkin’ in Rockland, Maine, she knew she would get donuts and coffee. She didn’t know she’d fall in love, get married and eventually own nine Dunkin shops of her own. “Ed owned the Dunkin’ and I lived right up the street from it. That’s how we met,” says…

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