Paid Leave Updates

The push to add paid leave options in different states is staying in the forefront each week. Just yesterday, a public hearing was held in the New Hampshire state senate on House bill 628, legislation that would create a sick leave insurance plan with an opt-out option. As drafted, the insurance would provide up to…

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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…

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Minimum Wage Volatility

At the state level, states have been actively considering changes in state-mandated minimum wages over the past several weeks with mixed results. Over the course of the past two weeks or so, an Arizona state senate committee advanced legislation amending a voter-approved initiative ($12 minimum wage) by reducing that minimum to $10 if the amendment…

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Thriving in the Green Mountain State

Most everyone within the Dunkin’ Donuts system knows that Vermont is among the most challenging markets. The Green Mountain state has the second smallest population in the U.S. and is far-removed from major urban centers along the East Coast. In 2015, Forbes Magazine ranked Vermont as the 42nd best state in which to do business.…

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Paid Leave Debates Ongoing

It’s possible to next become law in Maryland as Governor Larry Hogan seems to be considering signing a paid sick leave mandate into law. That fact is worth noting given that Hogan had previously announced the proposal “dead on arrival”. The Governor had previously proposed his own paid sick leave bill that applied to 50…

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Rethinking Sick Leave Ramifications

Hard to believe, but some states that have seen sick leave laws passed dictating that employers (those who actually create jobs!) provide additional benefits to employees are now taking a 2nd look at the question. Specifically, the Pennsylvania state senate is considering legislation that would preempt the city of Philadelphia from continuing to enforce its…

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Obama Signs GMO Labeling Law

The battle, at long last, is effectively over now as President Obama signed federal GMO labeling legislation into law one week ago today.  The law, which has been working its way through Congress for the past few years, requires food manufacturers to notify consumers of the presence of GMOs in packaged foods by one of…

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GMO Labeling Passes Congress

It has languished for quite some time since the state of Vermont passed what was effectively the first mandatory GMO labeling law in the country back in 2014, but a federal voluntary version has finally been approved by Congress.  The Senate passed the bipartisan Roberts-Stabenow bill on a 63-30 vote last week and sent the…

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Vermont GMO Labeling Law Effective Today

The Vermont law mandating the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) becomes effective today.  The law, which originally passed back in 2014 and has since survived a number of legal and political challenges, requires that any food product that contains at least 75% bioengineered content have a label specifying that the product is…

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July 1 Brings New Laws

There are two dates every year when we have to be especially conscious of changes in government laws and/or regulations – one is January 1 and the other is today, July 1, the start of many government fiscal years.  With so much new regulation being piled on to the business community, we thought it might…

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