Christie Vetoes Equal Pay Bill in NJ

Last week, we advised that the US Senate had blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would provide many more opportunities to sue employers.  This week, we can advise you that this past Monday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a similar bill (S.992) at the state level.  Primarily, he objected to a particular provision…

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New Jersey Passes Pay Parity

Although it hasn’t garnered too much attention against the backdrop of presidential politics, minimum wage hikes and sick leave mandates, the New Jersey legislature has given final approval to a pay parity bill that will require that men and women employed in the same position, be paid at the same pay rate.  The bill will…

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New Jersey Sick Leave Bill Advances

Fortunately, it hasn’t cleared all the requisite hurdles yet, but a bill to mandate paid sick leave for all employees in New Jersey was passed by the critical Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee early this week by a razor-thin 7 – 6 vote.  One democratic senator joined the 5 republicans to oppose SB.799 in the…

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Minimum Wage Heading to Ballots

Often going hand-in-hand with paid sick leave, the push for increased minimum wages across the country continues unabated.  San Diego City Councilors voted last week to put an incremental minimum wage increase, including a mandated 5 days annual sick leave for all employees, on the ballot for the June 7 presidential primary election.  The increase…

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New Jersey Next for $15/Hour?

According to reports this week, leaders in the New Jersey legislature hope to make New Jersey the next state to adopt a $15 an hour minimum wage.  Several lawmakers, including Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, are pushing legislation to raise the state’s current $8.38 hourly minimum to $15, an astounding 79% increase!  Prieto is quoted as…

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Tax Burdens

It is a few years behind real-time, but always interesting to read when the US Tax Foundation annually releases its report on the State – Local Tax Burdens.  This week, the Washington DC based Think Tank released its report on FY 2012.  New York continued to maintain a death-grip on the highest tax burden in…

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Saving Dollars and Making Sense of Going Green

Green Elite is still a relatively new term for Dunkin’ Donuts. When Dunkin’ Brands launched its Green Initiative in late 2014, it identified two levels of green achievement. Green Elite is the top tier, “where stores reach beyond requirements, and achieve additional suggested sustainable goals,” a press release stated. While it may not be the…

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New Jersey Meeting Next Week

With the seemingly endless array of significant changes to employment law happening around the country, franchise owners are encouraged to stay up to date on their obligations as an employer.  Those of you in New York and New Jersey are reminded that DDIFO will host a member meeting next Tuesday, December 15 at the Doubletree…

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Tax Foundation Releases State Tax Report

In a perfect follow-up to the above story on the Governor’s take on New York businesses, the Tax Foundation released the 2016 State Business Tax Index this week, with New York coming in 2nd last in the country!  The index, which is released annually, measures how well states structure their tax systems as relates the…

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