Employment Law Enforcement Office

Believe me when I tell you, nothing good will come out of a proposal in the Chicago Board of Alderman to create a new Office of Labor Standards that would be charged with enforcing minimum wage and paid sick leave laws in the Windy City. Alderman Ameya Pawar is the lead sponsor among 35 others…

Read More »

Maryland Passes Tax Credits As Session Ends

The Maryland legislature adjourned the current session on Monday of this week, but not before passing Governor Larry Hogan’s sick leave tax credit program. Governor Hogan vetoed Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (mandated sick leave) passed at the end of last session, but his veto was quickly overridden by the democrat-dominated legislature at the beginning…

Read More »

States Still Looking To Hike Minimums

Concerted efforts to increase minimum wages across the country began with President Obama’s call for a national minimum wage of $9.00 in his 2013 State of the Union message but 5 plus years later, the mantra for still more increases continues in many states. Democratic lawmakers in Ohio are currently pushing legislation that would increase…

Read More »

Sinking Tip Pools

Congressional democrats have introduced a bill that would prohibit employers from retaining any tips regardless of internal pooling policies and would further mandate that all tips would be considered the property of employees. The bill has received the verbal support of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta along with other key republicans. In DC, the Board of…

Read More »

More Minimum Wage Mischief

Technically, the Fight for $15 began at the start of this decade with President Obama pushing an increase in the federal minimum wage in his 2010 State of the Union address, but the effort continues at full speed in state houses and town halls across the country. In North Dakota, advocates are planning to put…

Read More »

More Minimum Wage

Now that we’ve turned the calendar and 2018 is officially here, we want to remind you once again that as of this past Monday (January 1, 2018), the minimum wage in 18 different states was increased. We advise and caution all to ensure that you are in compliance with the state minimum wage , whether…

Read More »

Minimum Wage vs. Jobs

It has long been debated what impact minimum wage increases actually have on job prospects for those same low income individuals the minimum wage is designed to help. A study released a few weeks ago by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) says that California raising the minimum wage as it has could cost the state…

Read More »

Massachusetts Ballot Issues Advancing

The proponents are already claiming they’ve collected enough valid voter signatures in Massachusetts to put a couple of wage and paid leave proposals before the voters on the 2018 state ballot. The non-profit RaiseUp Massachusetts said last week that their wage ballot and paid leave measures each had more than double the required 64,750 valid…

Read More »

Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Updates Coming

As we get further into the fall months, there tends to be fewer public hearings on new legislative proposals as lawmakers look to get back to their districts and wind down their formal work. That lull, such as it is, gives us valuable time to capture and summarize the broad array of state legislative changes…

Read More »

New Minimum Wage Tentacles

Notwithstanding difficulties within the SEIU offices as outlined above, their push for increased minimum wages seems to be growing new appendages in some locales around the country. Earlier this month, the Common Council of South Bend Indiana expanded its current minimum wage requirement when it voted to tie tax abatements for private businesses to minimum…

Read More »