Fine-tuning Annual Paid Time Off

Maine became the first state to mandate annual paid time off for private employees when the Governor signed the legislation back in May. The state of Nevada became the second shortly thereafter, when Governor Steve Sisolak signed the Nevada version into law two weeks thereafter. The Maine bill, which applies to businesses with more than…

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Stretching the Family (Leave) Unit

There continues to be much movement in a number of states on the paid family leave front, but the state of Oregon is moving the needle much further with an expansive definition of family members. Oregon Governor Kate Brown will be signing House Bill 2005 into law later today (scheduled for 11:15 AM PDT). Once…

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Illinois Authorizes Food Stamps at Restaurants

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed HB.3343 into law a few weeks ago thereby creating a Restaurant Meals Program as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The program will allow a select group of SNAP recipients (over 60 years of age, people with disabilities and homeless people who use food stamps) to use their…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Dunkin’ released its Annual Sustainability Report for 2017 – 2018 earlier this week and highlighted some significant advances in its efforts to become a more-environmentally conscious company. Among other highlights, the report points to the 5-year agreement Dunkin reached in 2018 with World Coffee Research – the non-profit coffee collaborative to which Dunkin’ donates a…

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Thanks But Please, Don’t Help!

That seems to be the clear message being sent by a number of restaurant employees to SEIU and the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC). Bartenders and servers have joined forces to create a website, Our Industry Our Voice, through which they advocate for the preservation of the tipped wage (and the tip credit). The website…

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Register Now for DDIFO National Conference

Early bird pricing is available for Dunkin’ franchise owners to attend the 2019 DDIFO National Conference at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut on October 28 & 29, 2019. One of the exceptional panels we will present this year is Dunkin’, Its Competitors and Wall Street – A Look at Today and Tomorrow. The panel,…

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Miscellaneous

For a period of time, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was said to be contemplating a primary challenge against President Donald Trump for the republican presidential nomination. He decided against that undertaking, and accepted the Chairmanship of the National Governors Association instead. That job might be equally challenging as the organization had been hemorrhaging staff since…

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DOL Eases Path for Multiemployer Retirement Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor unveiled its final rule this past Monday on multiple employer plans (MEPs), expanding the possibility of smaller businesses creating and using them as a vehicle to encourage retirement savings by employees. The new rule, which goes into effect on September 30 of this year, will allow businesses or associations with…

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Federal Wage and Paid Leave Musings

Both branches of the US Congress were delving into worker benefit mandates this week with a bi-partisan proposal to create a federal paid family leave mandate and a declaration by one of the “squad” calling for a $20/hour federal minimum wage. First, let’s talk about the realistic suggestion. Louisiana republican Senator Bill Cassidy joined with…

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Heading To the Ballot?

Speaking of minimum wage increase proposals, advocates in two states are aiming to put a minimum wage increase question on the ballot for voters to decide. First, in Florida, attorney John Morgan, who has been spearheading an effort to increase the state minimum wage (currently $8.46/hour), claimed this week that he had collected over a…

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