SCOTUS Rejects Other Joint Employer Case

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) missed an opportunity to put the issue to bed once and for all this week when the court announced that it would not take up a case addressing whether DirecTV is a joint employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act. By rejecting the Petition for a Writ…

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More States Look At Paid Leave

One issue that we can all expect to see being seriously deliberated in state houses throughout the nation is mandating the adoption and/or expansion of paid sick leave benefits by states and cities. To that point, the New Hampshire House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to legislation that will mandate up to 12 weeks’ paid…

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Heads or Tails?

Well, that wasn’t quite the question that determined control of the Virginia House of Delegates, but it might as well have been. The election for the 94th house district in the Old Dominion state ended in an absolute tie with both candidates – democrat Shelly Simonds and republican David Yancey – collecting 11,608 votes in…

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Dunkin’ Doings

We want to offer our congratulations to longtime Dunkin’ SVP for US Operations Scott Murphy on his promotion this week to Chief Operating Officer, Dunkin’ Donuts US. With Dunkin’ Brands since 2004, Scott will also assume responsibility for restaurant development and construction. In addition, we want to welcome Rick Colón to Dunkin’ Brands as the…

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Follow Iceland?

Well, at least on the idea of mandating equal pay and eliminating the so-called pay gap, former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders suggests the United States follow Iceland’s lead in mandating equal pay. Iceland became the first country to make it illegal to pay different amounts to men and women with a new law that took…

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Miscellaneous

The tightening of the labor market isn’t showing any signs of letting up. Just yesterday, the Department of Labor released unemployment enrollment numbers showing the lowest number of people collecting unemployment benefits at the end of 2017 in 44 years. At the end of last year, DOL recorded 1.87 million collecting unemployment insurance, the lowest…

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IRS Extends Forms to Employees Deadline

The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) has extended the due date for distributing 2017 health coverage information forms to employees. The deadline, originally set for January 31 has now been extended to March 2, 2018. Self-insured employers and all employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees now have until March 2, 2018, to provide Form…

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DOL Issues Proposed Rule for Expanded Health Plans

The Department of Labor continued issuing business-friendlier regulations yesterday when it proposed new regulations to expand association health plans (AHPs) and thereby create more affordable health care options for small businesses. Back in October, President Trump issued an executive order promoting health care competition. That order specifically directed federal agencies to loosen restrictions on associations…

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More Minimum Wage

Now that we’ve turned the calendar and 2018 is officially here, we want to remind you once again that as of this past Monday (January 1, 2018), the minimum wage in 18 different states was increased. We advise and caution all to ensure that you are in compliance with the state minimum wage , whether…

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Minimum Wage vs. Jobs

It has long been debated what impact minimum wage increases actually have on job prospects for those same low income individuals the minimum wage is designed to help. A study released a few weeks ago by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) says that California raising the minimum wage as it has could cost the state…

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