New York Extends HERO Act Again

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has again extended the designation of COVID-19 as a “highly contagious communicable disease” and thereby kept the provisions of the Health and Essential Rights Act (HERO Act) in full force and effect. The designation, now extended to February 15, triggers obligations for New York employers to keep their airborne infectious…

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Law Restricts New Owners

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy this week signed into law A6246 / S4295, legislation that was passed on the last day of the prior session. Currently, the law applies only to hotel owners, but the possibility that it could be replicated for other industries (including QSRs) is concerning. The law provides significant restrictions on the…

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Council Approves Non-Citizens Voters

Last week, New York City joined a handful of much smaller towns and cities in granting the right to vote in local municipal elections to non-US citizens. By a vote of 33-14, the New York City Council passed the Our City Our Vote Act into law, granting the right to vote to green card holders…

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Keeping an Eye on Minimum Wages

As we move closer to the New Year, we’ll focus more attention and provide you with details on upcoming increases in state minimum wages across the country. In the meantime however, we want to keep you abreast of some of the wage trends and initiatives we’re still seeing around the country. We told you a…

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DC Mayor Lifting Mask Mandate

Washington DC is lifting its indoor face mask mandate for the first time since it was reimposed back in July. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who is running for a third term, will lift the mandate effective next Monday, November 22. Masks will still be required in a number of settings – transit, schools, libraries, nursing homes,…

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And Still, More Minimum Wage

Speaking of unions and SEIU, their push for a $15 minimum wage across the country continues, notwithstanding the ongoing labor shortage and the electoral shellacking many progressive generally received in Tuesday’s elections. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has repeatedly called to raise the state minimum wage (currently $7.25/hour) every year since he was elected in 2014.…

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Independent Joe #70 October/November 2021

Back in 2014, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees were adding amenities like free Wi-Fi, comfortable seating and even conference rooms to appeal to a growing sector of people staying connected and working remotely. By then, Dunkin’ had already established itself as a leader in drive-thru service—having helped pioneer the modern drive-thru experience. But in the late 2000s…

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Electoral Lessons for Business

In this article, I have to ask your indulgence a little bit. As a political scientist by education, I always tend to look at the political winds that blow across the electoral landscape as an abundance of teachable moments. The famous 1948 Chicago Tribune headline “Dewey Defeats Truman” should have taught all journalists to wait…

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Helicopter Pilot Brews his Post-Military Career with Dunkin’

For Army veteran George Hart, a second career as a Dunkin’ franchisee began as a joke. “I’m from New Jersey originally, and I grew up on Dunkin’. To me, that’s what coffee tastes like, but when I was in the Army, I couldn’t get a good cup of coffee anywhere,” laughs Hart. “I would joke…

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New York Mandates Retirement Plans

New York Governor Kathy Hochul last week signed AO3213A into law thereby mandating that private employers with 10 or more employees who do not provide a retirement savings plan must automatically enroll their workers in the New York State Secure Choice Savings Plan. The Secure Choice Savings Plan was first filed in 2015 and ultimately…

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