Minimum Wages on the National & State Stages

At the national level, US Senator Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democratic incumbent last week filed a 77-page piece of legislation that is a veritable smorgasbord of the union advocacy issues. Up for reelection in November of this year, Brown appears to be trying to ingratiate himself with all possible factions – including business. Aside from…

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Lawsuits vs ACA Mandate Growing

Two new lawsuits were filed this week by insurance companies over a specific provision of the Obamacare health insurance mandate.  The targeted provision, known as the “risk adjustment program”, requires health insurers whose members are healthier (and therefore less expensive to insure), to pay monies to their competitors whose members are not as healthy and…

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New Mexico Upholds Employee Firing for Marijuana

As more states authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, the body of law establishing parameters to govern its use becomes more important and far-reaching.  In a recent decision, the termination of an employee in New Mexico who legally used marijuana for a medical condition was upheld by the court.  Notwithstanding that the employee…

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Independent Joe #33 August/ September 2015

The National Conference provides DDIFO the opportunity to bring together many franchise owners from around the country and present them with information on a host of issues that threaten to impact Dunkin’ franchisees in every geographic region. Whether it’s the product mix in the southwest, J-BOD issues in the southeast, kitchen challenges in the Midwest…

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Albuquerque Becomes First To Adopt Pay Equity Law

It may very well be the new front in the “Politics of Envy” War being waged across the country, but the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico just catapulted itself into a leading role.  Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry this week hailed the City Council passage of an equal pay ordinance that gives a 5% weighted advantage…

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More Minimum Wage

On another subject that seems to have no end, the state of New Mexico is now looking at increasing the minimum wage in the new legislative session as two legislative proposals have been filed, seemingly with the approval of Republican Governor Suzanne Martinez.  One proposal would see the minimum raised to $8.30 per hour and…

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Municipal Minimum Wages

Aside from statewide initiatives, efforts, mainly in California, to mandate wage increases at the local level passed in most cities where they were considered as well.  Eureka, California was the exception that proves the rule as its voters rejected a measure that would have increased the minimum wage within the Humboldt County City to $12/hour. …

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