Michigan Minimum and Tipped Wages

It seems the closer the midterm elections get, the more “business-friendly” some elected officials become. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is a prime and recent example. It seems Governor Whitmer, who has long been a proponent of increasing minimum wages in the Wolverine State, is now urging caution over reinstating a $12 minimum wage. The Michigan…

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California Governor Signs Pro-Worker Bills

The California legislative session ended on August 31 and the Governor had until September 30 to sign or veto all legislation passed before September 1. Well, as the old saying goes, ‘watch out what you wish for, you might get it!’ And, we got it good. First in a negative to franchise owners, the Governor…

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New DC Employer Obligations

Beginning on October 1, a number of changes will take effect with the DC Universal Paid Leave program which employers must be aware of. Among the changes which were adopted in July, the maximum duration of paid leave benefits is increased to 12 workweeks for qualifying parental leave (up from 8 weeks), increased to 12…

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Court Resets Minimum Wage

A Michigan Court of Claims judge ruled this week that lawmakers violated the Michigan state constitution back in 2018 when they passed a pending ballot petition and then amended it to a format more to their liking. A provision in the state constitution, known as the adopt and amend provision seemingly allows the legislature to…

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Other Calendar Notes

As we turn the calendar today July 1, 2022, are a number of employer obligations become effective around the country that employers need to be aware of. In Maryland, employers of 50 or more workers are required to submit a report to the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights regarding any sexual harassment settlements they’ve entered…

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Paid Leave Changes

Minimum wages aren’t the only legal requirements that will change come July 1, and you’ll want to double check on local and state requirements that may impact your business.  That said, we note that Universal Paid Leave in the Nations Capital will undergo some changes next month as the employers’ contributions will be reduced from…

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New Guidance on COVID Caregivers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) early this week issued a new guidance on employers responsibilities and obligations regarding employees who may be caregivers for children, elderly or other vulnerable individuals relative to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact that it may have had on them and their ability to work. The agency reiterated that…

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Illinois Expands VESSA

Effective January 1, HB 3582 took effect and expanded the types of crimes for which victims are entitled to take leave under the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA). With enactment of the law, VESSA leave, which was previously limited to sexual or domestic violence, is now available to workers in Illinois who are…

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California Dreamin’

But some are bad dreams for certain employers! Fresh off surviving a recall election just two weeks ago, California Governor Gavin Newsom, signed a couple of pieces of legislation into law over the past two weeks that won’t bode well for business going forward. Assembly Bill 1003, provides that employers found guilty of intentional theft…

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Treasury, IRS Sick Leave Wages Rule

Earlier in September, the US Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued updated guidance providing information for employers on how to report on Form W-2 the amount of qualified sick and family leave wages paid to employees for leave taken in 2021. Notice 2021-53 provides guidance under recent coronavirus legislation including the…

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