Paid Sick Leave Spreading Like the Flu

It began back in 2006 when San Francisco mandated paid sick leave for every worker in the city at a rate of 1 hour paid leave earned for every 30 hours worked.  It was followed by Washington, DC and Milwaukee just 2 years later.  (The Milwaukee law was never implemented and after Wisconsin Governor Scott…

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Better Hospitals Excluded

In more news that will likely further erode support for the Obama Care mandates, it was reported this week in the Baltimore Business Journal, that a number of health insurance plans offered in response to the mandates of the Affordable Care Act will not cover any services provided by some of the premier hospital facilities…

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Baltimore Adopts Nation’s Strictest Youth Curfew Law

The city of Baltimore, where a youth curfew has been on the books for over 20 years, recently enacted the strictest such curfew law in the country.  The new curfew requirement, which will take effect on August 15, requires that children between the ages of 14 and 16 be off the streets and home by…

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Minimum Wage is Alive and Well In States & Cities

Notwithstanding the swift death the proposed minimum wage increase suffered at the federal level, it is a completely different animal when proposed in state legislatures and city halls across the country. We reported to you last week that a bill would be filed in Albany proposing to increase the Empire State minimum wage to $15/hour…

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“Cops on Rooftops” has become a popular fundraising effort for Special Olympics in several states.

Community Charities Run on Dunkin’ Too

The scope and reach of community programs supported by Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees is as impressive as it is impactful. The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, which this summer announced another $205,300 in grants to support organizations in the mid-Atlantic region, has helped to raise more than $1 million for non-profits throughout New York, New…

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Maryland Releases Health Exchange Numbers From 1st Week

Despite the absence of solid participation numbers being reported by the Obama administration after the first week of open enrollments in the health exchanges, the state of Maryland has bucked the trend and released the week’s activity through their health exchange.  The Maryland health exchange activity was reported in the Baltimore Business Journal.

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Baltimore Pushes Small Business Loans

Franchisees in Baltimore may want to check BaltimoreMICRO, a small business lending program being pushed by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.  The program is being touted by municipal officials as a great option for small business owners to avail themselves of loans from $5,000 to $30,000.  The program, open to businesses with less than $1 Million…

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