Minimum Wages Grabbing More Headlines

Speaking of minimum wages, this past week the US House Education and Labor Committee held a full committee hearing on the Raise the Wage Act (H.582 – filed by Sanders, House Chairman Bobby Scott and a host of others) that lasted better than 7 hours. The bill would mandate an increase in the current $7.25…

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Maryland Entertaining Combined Reporting

To the dismay of a number of retail and restaurant groups within Maryland, state senator Ron Young is now pushing legislation in Annapolis that would mandate combined reporting for state income purposes and potentially generate an additional $50 million in revenue for the Terrapin State. Combined reporting, which is currently the law in 27 states…

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Portland & Augusta Both Looking At Paid Leave

One question might be where will it be enacted first, as the Portland City Council and the Maine state legislature are both considering adoption of paid sick leave mandates for private businesses.  The statewide legislation, LD369 filed by Senator Rebecca Millett, is similar to legislation she has filed in the past. It would apply to…

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Shunning Single Use

As we all know, many states and locales focused legislative efforts on banning plastic bags, straws and single-use bags in 2018. In that vein, we found an interesting article earlier this week on QSRWeb entitled ‘Single-use’ – QSRs ‘dirty word’ for 2019 and it may be more prescient than originally thought, speaking to an environmental…

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Mixed Bag on State Minimum Wages

The Florida Supreme Court rejected local minimum wages this week when it dismissed an appeal brought by the city of Miami Beach. Recall that Miami Beach passed its own minimum wage in excess of the state minimum (currently $8.46 per hour as of 1/1/19) back in 2016, setting a local minimum wage that would gradually…

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Court Blocks San Francisco Soda Warnings

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, unquestionably the most liberal federal court in the nation, surprised many last week when it unanimously upheld an injunction against a San Francisco law mandating health warnings on ads for soda and sugary drinks. The City by the Bay adopted legislation back in 2015 that mandated specific language relating…

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More Minimum Wage Hikes in the Works

As we predicted over the past few weeks, New Jersey gave its official blessing to more minimum wage increases up to $15 per hour effective by 2024 yesterday when both branches of the New Jersey legislature passed S.15 and sent it on to the Governor. The bill has enjoyed support from Governor Phil Murphy for…

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‘Grand Bargain II’, The Regulations

Although many in the business community saw the “Grand Bargain” (the name given to a legislative/gubernatorial deal to raise wages and mandate paid leave in Massachusetts) as troublesome, but palatable, it appears that the regulations to implement the law could be ‘the straw that breaks the camel’s back’! At the first of seven planned public…

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And Another 25 Cents for the Cup!

You really couldn’t make this stuff up, but the Berkeley California City Council unanimously approved a new ordinance this week that will require restaurants to charge customers $0.25 for disposable cups. The Single Use Disposable Foodware and Litter Reduction Ordinance, which sailed through on the recommendation of the City’s Zero Waste Commission, also requires that all…

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Agreement Reached on $15 Minimum Wage

After battling all through last year over the issue, democrat NJ Governor Phil Murphy agreed with the democratic-controlled legislature on a bill that will lead to a state minimum wage of $15 per hour as soon as 2024. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, who has not always seen eye to eye with Murphy, finally brokered the…

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