US Senate Forms Federal Family Leave Group

The issue itself has been kicking around for a couple of years now, but the US Senate Finance Committee this week advanced the priority of the issue with the appointment of a bi-partisan work group to study federal family leave. Senator Maggie Hassan, a democrat from New Hampshire will co-chair the federal family leave work…

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Maine Approves Paid Leave

The legislature in the state of Maine last week approved An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave (LD 369) and sent it to Governor Janet Mills for her signature. Mills is expected to sign the legislation as she was instrumental in negotiating the final product. Taking effect on January 1, 2021, the bill requires employers in…

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Minimum Wage Study Verifies Impact

The small town of Emeryville outside Oakland, California adopted an aggressive living wage law back in 2015. Just one month after the city council passed the minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave ordinance on June 2, the $9.00 minimum wage increased to $12.25 for small businesses (55 or fewer employees) and to $14.44 for large…

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Colorado Ups Wage Theft to Felony

One week ago yesterday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed HB 1267, An Act Concerning Penalties for Failure to Pay Wages, into law. The law provides that employers who refuse to pay a wage claim, falsely deny a wage claim with an intent to not pay, or underpay a claim as a means to harass or…

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Governor Vetoes Paid Leave

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu last week vetoed new legislation mandating paid leave in the Granite State. SB 1, which cleared the legislature just a day before the Governor vetoed it, would have dictated that businesses provide paid family leave insurance to all employees (similar to programs in New York and Rhode Island) and would…

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Alabama House Delays Fair Franchising Vote

Notwithstanding the momentum that the Alabama Franchisee Association and local franchise owners across the state have generated in support of the Protect Alabama Small Business Act (SB 129/HB 352), the Alabama House has postponed a final vote on the bill that was expected to happen this week. There is still a strong possibility that the…

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Alabama Senate Approves Franchising Bill

The Alabama state senate this week approved the Protect Alabama Small Business Act by an overwhelming vote of 26 -2! The bill now moves to the Alabama house where it has an equally encouraging chance of passage and could be brought for a final vote as early as next week. The Protect Alabama Small Business…

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Portland Yields Paid Leave to State Effort

Early this week, the Portland Maine City Council rejected a proposed ordinance to mandate paid sick leave for all employees instead endorsing the idea of one statewide paid leave standard. By a vote of 5-4 on Monday evening, the Council put to bed any further consideration of a local mandate and instead is working with…

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Paid Sick Leave, And Then Some in New York

The state of New York has long mandated that private employers provide paid sick leave for its workers, but now they’re taking leave mandates to a whole new level. In the FY 2020 state budget passed just about a month ago, legislators saddled private businesses with more mandates as they approved a $175 billion spending…

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Mass Millionaire Tax Advances

The Massachusetts legislature, meeting in Constitutional Convention (ConCon) this week gave procedural approval to placing a constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2022. The proposal would amend the state constitution by allowing for classes of taxpayers to be taxed at different levels – more specifically, imposing an additional 4% surcharge on incomes exceeding $1 million.…

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