The Impact of Minimum Wage Hikes

It has long been a subject for debate whether an increase in the minimum wage has a negative impact on local economies, but in response to 43 state and local minimum wage hikes over the past several years compiled by the Employment Policies Institute, business owners from across the country have reported that they have…

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Is Nothing Sacred? de Blasio Pushes Confiscation

Speaking of New York, let’s check on the latest from the Mayor of the Big Apple. Considering his hands-on support of socialism under the Sandinista government in Nicaragua, it shouldn’t be a surprise that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is now pushing confiscation of private property as a top priority. The second term…

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Paid Family Leave at the Forefront

New York’s Junior US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was the latest to throw her hat in the 2020 presidential test pool this week with her announcement that she had formed a presidential exploratory committee. More importantly to small business interests, in her late night TV show announcement, she highlighted paid family leave among a host of…

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Miscellaneous

Important to note, in the context of wages and worker benefits, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that real average hourly earnings for all employee increased 0.5% from November to December. The increase stems from a combination of 0.4 percent increase in average hourly earnings coupled with a 0.1% decrease in the CPI. Real…

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Save These 2019 Dates

These dates are important, so we wanted to give them to you again! Mark your calendars now for the DDIFO National Conference, October 28-29 at the Foxwoods Casino and Hotel in Connecticut. The National Conference, last year held in New Orleans, is a program highlight of the DDIFO year and an event you don’t want…

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Senatorial Shutdown?

Well, not formally, but as far as confirmation of Presidential nominees is concerned, it might as well be. As the partial government shutdown enters its 3rd full week, the Senate’s block on the re-nomination of democratic Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner Chai Feldblum is complete with her term expiring after nine years with the agency. President…

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Shutdown Causes Taxing Times

And, speaking of the partial government shutdown, with tax deadlines and annual income tax filing obligations approaching, the impact on the operations of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is of growing concern to a number of businesses and individuals. Notwithstanding, the administration announced this week that tax refunds will be paid out during the shutdown…

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NJ Tax Amnesty Ending

On the subject of tax obligations, those New Jersey taxpayers who may not have met all legal obligations regarding their state tax liabilities from February 2009 through August 2017 still have a few days to make amends – the New Jersey Tax Amnesty program will expire next Tuesday, January 15, 2019! The program, which began…

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de Blasio Wants Mandatory Vacations

As if driving up the cost of business with higher minimum wages, mandatory paid sick leave and “predictability pay” under the NYC Fair Workweek law (predictive scheduling) weren’t enough, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes to go one better – mandatory vacation time! In his annual State of the City message, de Blasio…

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Cuomo Vetoes Paid Leave Expansion

At the New York state level, the news was more favorable of late as Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill expanding the state paid leave mandates. The expansion, which was passed by the legislature back in the summer, would have expanded the availability of employee paid family leave to include bereavement for family members. Back…

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