RI Senate Approves $1 Minimum Wage Increase

For the second straight year, the Rhode Island state senate has passed a new increase in the state minimum wage that could take effect on October 1, 2020 – just over one month before Election Day. The proposal, which increases the current state minimum of $10.50 per hour to $11.50 per hour, must still pass…

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Court Upholds Salary History Ban in Philadelphia

A ban on salary history inquiries by employers in the city of Brotherly Love was upheld by a federal court some three years after the challenge was filed by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit last week vacated a preliminary injunction that had been granted on…

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St. Louis Joins Ban the Box Parade

Last week, we advised you that the Maryland Legislature wasted little time before it overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the Ban the Box legislation in the First State. Keeping in that vein, the city of St. Louis, Missouri approved its own ordinance a few weeks ago and became the third city in the Show…

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Dunkin’ Doings

One week after Dunkin’ held its Q4 and year-end earnings reports seems like a good time to catch up on some announcements out of Canton that we hadn’t gotten to over the past few weeks. In that vein, DDIFO wants to congratulate Jill McVicar Nelson on her promotion to Vice President for Marketing Strategy for…

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Miscellaneous

As the US economy continues its longest expansion ever recorded, now into its eleventh year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) last week reported that some 266,000 new jobs were added in January. In light of the good news all-around from the BLS January report with unemployment basically unchanged at 3.6%, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome…

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New Form I-9 Released

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new version of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9) for use by employers effective this week. Federal law requires that all employers complete a Form I-9 to document verification of the identity and employment authorization of each new employee hired after November 6, 1986,…

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US House Approves PRO Act

As we anticipated – and reported to you last week – the US House of Representatives last night approved the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act) on a vote of 224-194 and sent it to the Senate. The PRO Act (H.R. 2474) would strengthen collective bargaining rights for workers in private companies, and…

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Maryland Overrides Veto, Bans the Box

Despite a veto of SB. 839 by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan last May, the Maryland legislature went ahead and overrode that veto last week and thereby became the 14th state in the nation to “Ban the Box”.  “An Act Concerning Labor and Employment – Criminal Record Screening Practices (Ban the Box)”  prohibits employers with 15…

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Vermont Upholds Paid Leave Veto, Waits on Wage Hike

Vermont Governor Phil Scott vetoed a bill last Friday that would have mandated paid family and medical leave for all employees in the Green Mountain state but that veto was upheld this week by the Vermont House of Representatives. Despite holding a so-called “supermajority”, the democrat-controlled House fell one vote shy of the 100 needed…

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New Jersey Considers “Fair Workweek”

Just days after Governor Phil Murphy signed a dramatic expansion of the WARN Act (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) and only a week after the governor pushed for a millionaire tax in his State of the State address, New Jersey activists unveiled plans for push for legislative passage of Senate bill 921, the so-called Fair…

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