Idle Hands Are The Devil’s Workshop

Advocates in the state of Maine are proving that ol’ adage now that Question 1 has been rejected by the voters. Just days after the initiative to add a 3.8% surcharge to incomes over the Social Security limit ($128,400/year) was rejected by voters in the election last week, the Maine People’s Alliance shifted their focus…

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Cook County Sick Leave Mandate

Back at the local level, a handful of communities within Cook County in Illinois have reversed earlier decisions to opt out of the Cook County paid sick leave mandate and are now opting in. Northbrook became the latest when it reconsidered and opted in to mandate that its employers provide workers up to 40 hours…

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New Jersey Paid Leave Starts Monday

New Jersey’s new paid sick leave law becomes effective on Monday, October 29 and in preparation for its implementation, the state labor department last week released final regulations as well as the official notice poster that employers are required to display. Beginning Monday, all employers in New Jersey, regardless of their size, must provide up…

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Cuomo Endorses Expansion of Paid Leave

Although he has still yet to sign the legislation or officially indicate that he will sign it, newly re-nominated democrat New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has made clear that he does intend to expand the state paid sick leave law to allow for bereavement leave of up to 12 weeks. The legislature passed the bereavement…

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Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Maryland franchisees will be pleased to learn that DDIFO will be presenting a luncheon program on October 2, 2018 that will provide details on the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (MHWFA) and help Maryland franchisees understand their obligations under the law. The program, which will be held at the Holiday Inn Columbia East in Jessup,…

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Machinations in Michigan Minimum Wage Chess Match

To summarize, the Michigan State Board of Canvassers was deadlocked (2-2) over whether to certify the validity of a ballot initiative to increase the state minimum wage to $12 by 2022, mandate paid sick leave on private employers and eliminate the tipped wage by 2024. The Michigan Court of Appeals ordered the Board of Canvassers…

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Texas Battles over Paid Leave

The Lone Star State is fighting on a couple of fronts to prevent local communities from mandating paid sick leave benefits on private employers. Last week, a state appellate court blocked an Austin ordinance that, effective October 1, would require private businesses provide paid sick leave to employees. A lower court had previously rejected the…

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Court Clears Michigan Minimum Wage for Ballot

In Michigan, the state Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to send a proposal raising the state minimum wage to $12/hour to the state ballot in November. The ballot initiative, which had been pushed by a group called Michigan One Fair Wage, would increase the current state minimum wage of $9.25 to $12/hour by 2022 and…

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Windy City Blowing Anti-Business?

So it would seem that Chicago is intent on implementing as many policies as possible that win votes, but do little to grow and improve a region’s economy and business climate. First off, last month we noted an initiative by Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar to begin a Universal Basic Income (UBI) pilot program won support…

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US Chamber Endorses WorkFlex Act

The United States Chamber of Commerce this week gave its approval to HR. 4219, The Work Flex in the 21st Century Act, filed by California republican Congresswoman Mimi Walters. The bill does not create nor mandate a paid leave policy, but rather offers private businesses flexibility in tailoring paid leave programs for its employees. Further,…

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