National Biz Groups File Alternative To DC Paid Leave

Concerned about the economic impact that passage of the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2016 (currently pending in the DC Council) would have, a number of national business groups headquartered in the nation’s capital have submitted an alternative to the DC Council for their consideration.  The Employer Mandate plan put forth by the business coalition…

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de Blasio Pushes Scheduling, DC Council Tables It

We could say it is a tale of two cities, but we won’t.  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing hard in the Big Apple to mandate so-called secured scheduling, almost identical to the edict recently enacted in Seattle.  But, de Blasio is specifically looking to target the fast food industry with his mandate. …

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DC Delays Family Leave and Scheduling Bills

The Washington DC City Council has postponed further action on two proposals pending before it that are of interest to small business.  Although it was thought both the paid sick leave and predictive work scheduling bills would receive a preliminary vote this week, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson withdrew the proposals from this week’s agenda.  Discussions…

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DC Approves New Minimum Wage Hike

The state of Maine may be waiting for input on the minimum wage issue from the electorate, but not so much, the Washington DC City Council.  The capital’s legislative body unanimously approved an ordinance to hike the hourly minimum of $10.50 to $15/hour in 2020.  The minimum was already scheduled to increase by $1 to…

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Minimum Wage Movement

It seems to be a topic that just won’t go away, but there is still more activity to report on relative to minimum wage increases across the country.  In the District of Columbia, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced in her state of the District address that she will file legislation to mandate a minimum wage of…

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DC Council Considers New Paid Sick Leave Plan

In the sober light of day, the District of Columbia City Councilors are hopefully starting to realize how expensive these feel good mandates can be.  A paid leave proposal being considered in DC would require employers to pay into a fund from which employees would be paid up to 16 weeks paid leave for employees…

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DC Pushes Expansion of Living Wage Law

Home of the nation’s capital, the District of Columbia has had a Living Wage Law on the books since 2006.  Its City Council is now looking to expand the reach of that law to include any business that “directly or indirectly benefits” from government contracts or various government assistance programs.  The proposal, filed by Councilwoman…

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CFA Day Forum

With all of these kinds of anti-business initiatives being bandied about at the state and local level, it seems the perfect time to get active politically within your own state.  At the same time, you can make a significant impact at the federal level as well by attending the CFA (Coalition of Franchisee Associations) Day…

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Independent Joe #35 December/ January

After enduring weeks of holiday messages and late-night comedians’ jokes about New Year’s resolutions, now is the time people decide just what they will accomplish in 2016. Jokes about losing weight, getting in shape or giving up bad habits can yield some laughs, but they often don’t result in action. Still, it’s important to look…

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Military Training Makes this Colonel an Effective Dunkin’ Operator

The transition from serving his country to operating a string of successful Dunkin’ Donuts franchises in the Washington D.C. area may seem like a radical change for retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Jerome Johnson, but apparently it was less of an adjustment than one might imagine. Johnson, who retired from active duty after a 22-year career,…

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