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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New Injury Reporting Procedures from OSHA

Last week, we advised you that OSHA fines were being dramatically increased to “catch up” with inflation since they were last hiked in 1990.  This week, we want you to be aware of a new procedure for reporting work-related injuries that takes effect on January 1, 2017, with specific prohibitions on retaliation against employees that…

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Massachusetts Sick Leave Law

We would remind all of our members with franchises in Massachusetts that the Commonwealth implemented a new earned sick leave law which took effect one year ago, in July, 2015.  The Attorney General’s office has developed a very informative and easy-to-navigate web site to provide detailed guidance on what the law requires of employers.  The…

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Competitor News

It was reported this week that Starbucks is acquiring an ownership stake in Italian bakery Princi, with 4 locations in Italy and one in central London.  The company also made headlines this week when it announced that it was increasing wages across the board by 5% up to the manager level and adding further enhancements…

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Miscellaneous

There are several interesting reports that were released this week relative to the business climate of different geographic locales.  We noted that CNBC released its annual ranking of the top states for business this week and their results are always interesting.  Based on 60 different measure of competitiveness, Utah, Texas and Colorado were best overall,…

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Court Rejects Swipe Fee Settlement

The “swipe fee” class action suit is back in play after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision upholding the settlement.  A $7.25 billion settlement had been reached back in 2012, but that agreement was challenged in court by the National Restaurant Association and the National Retailers Association on antitrust…

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DOL Increases Penalties for FLSA, FMLA Violations

Coming on the heels of their significantly increasing the overtime exemption threshold, the Department of Labor (DOL) has now issued an interim final rule that increases civil penalties for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and all laws under their jurisdiction.  Under the new regulation, which…

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OSHA Fines Hiked As Well

As one of the agencies that operate under the jurisdiction of the Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will also see their fines and penalties increased significantly by the latest interim final rule.  OSHA penalties will be adjusted for the first time since 1990 and they’re certainly making up for lost…

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Ohio AG Rules Against Local Wage Minimums

In a ruling issued a week ago, Ohio Attorney General Michael DeWine has issued an opinion invalidating any locally mandated minimum wages in the Buckeye State.  Ostensibly, the question arose as a result of the ongoing effort in Cleveland to establish its own minimum wage beyond the state minimum of $8.10 per hour.  That rate…

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Washington Voters to Decide Wage & Sick Leave Issue

Voters in the state of Washington will have the opportunity to vote on the question of increasing the state’s minimum wage (currently $9.47) and mandating paid sick leave come this November.  Advocates have succeeded in collecting the required signatures to put Initiative 1433 on the ballot.  The initiative provides for specific increases in the state…

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