Paid Leave in Federal Budget, Limbo in Maryland

As we advised you last week in this space, the President included paid parental leave in his 2018 budget blueprint, recommending a process that is mandatory but not uniform, in that the final details will be left to the individual states. Trump’s budget mandates six weeks of paid parental leave (for both, mothers and fathers)…

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Minimum Wage Issues Around the Nation

It is the topic that just won’t go away, so there is more to report this week again on minimum wage initiatives, both pro and con. Speaking again of preemptions, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has threatened to veto legislation passed in different versions by both the House and Senate that would block cities and towns…

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What’s Brewing: Minimum Wage, Fair Scheduling, Sick Leave, New Mandates

Election Day may have come and gone, but don’t expect big changes soon, especially when it comes to the bottom-line issues that matter most to franchise owners. While the national election is crucial for determining our country’s overall direction, pocketbook issues like the big three of minimum wage hikes, sick leave benefits, and scheduling mandates…

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St. Paul Follows Suit, Mandates Paid Sick Leave

Following an array of cities on both coasts as well as its “Twin City” Minneapolis, St. Paul Minnesota joined the ranks of those local governments now mandating paid sick leave for employees of private companies.  The St. Paul city council, which had been deliberating the legislation over the course of several months, finally enacted the…

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Minnesota Wages Rise on August 1

Although most of the states’ automatic minimum wage increases are effective on the first day of either January or July every year, there are exceptions and Minnesota is one of them.  The Gopher State has a two-tiered minimum wage, with the tier determined by the annual sales of a business.  Effective Monday, August 1, the…

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Other Minimum Wage Issues

Elsewhere, we note that minimum wage in Minnesota will increase effective August 1 for both small and larger employers.  Minnesota provides for two different minimums based on the size of the employer business.  Large employers (at least $500,000 gross annual revenues) will be required to pay $9.50 per hour beginning next month, while small employers…

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Minnesota Tip Pooling Ruling Expands Employee Rights

A decision by the Minnesota Court of Appeals is causing some concern in certain circles over the expansion of employee rights the decision seems to grant.  In Burt v Rackner, Inc. d/b/a Bunny’s Bar & Grill, the court ruled that an employee who refused an employer’s directive (which violated the tip pooling law in this…

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Federal Franchise Bills Filed

US Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) filed two important bills this week aimed at protecting franchisees.  The Fair Franchise Act of 2015 (H.3196) would prevent misleading or false information in the franchise agreement, prohibit mandatory arbitration provisions and would provide franchisees with the right to discuss their experiences with the franchisor and to join an independent…

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GMO Labeling Is On Tap in Minnesota

It’s on the books in Vermont (but the subject of pending litigation) and Connecticut and Maine have authorized it if neighboring states require it, but now the state of Minnesota has positioned itself as the first state outside New England to consider legislation mandating the labeling of all food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The…

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Milwaukee Sends Minimum Wage Question To The Ballot

Increases to state minimum wages (and creation of municipal minimums) continues to dominate much of the local political discussion in certain progressive pockets around the country.  And now, here come initiatives from a county government about the issue as well.  Despite the urging of Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele that the money for the referendum…

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