NJ Wage Increases

With its minimum wage now tied to inflation, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the minimum wage in January 2019 will increase to $8.85 per hour. The minimum wage hike, put in place by New Jersey voters in a 2014 referendum, brought the wage up to the current $8.60 and then tied it to inflation…

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Pennsylvania IRRC Concerned over Overtime Threshold

Back in the summer months, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) released proposed revisions to the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act overtime exemptions (currently set at $250 per week or $13,000 per year). The proposal recommended increasing the state overtime exemption threshold in each of the next three years with the first increase in…

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New York City Adds Third Gender

This week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation into law adding a third gender to birth certificates for individuals born in the Big Apple. The bill, as passed by the City Council last month, allows individuals to change the M or F gender designation on their New York City birth certificate to…

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Sign of The Times

As the US Senate begins taking procedural votes this morning leading to the possible confirmation of judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), and the new sexual harassment training mandate takes effect in New York (effective on October 9), we want to forewarn our New Jersey members and subscribers that…

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Dunkin’ and the No-Poach Clause

Many franchisors utilize so-called “no-poach” clauses in their franchise agreements, and such clauses may be structured in a way that limits a franchisee’s ability to hire employees of other, same-brand franchisees and/or employees of the franchisor. Recently, a group of state attorneys general and prominent legislators began pressing franchisors to cease use of so-called “no-poach”…

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New Jersey Adopts SALT Workaround

In the context of tax reform and last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the state of New Jersey this week adopted regulations that would allow its taxpayers to skirt the new federal limit of $10,000 on state and local tax deductions. Under the New Jersey scheme, local governments across the state would be allowed…

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More Involvement Required on Accommodations

Staying in New York for the moment, New York City’s expansion of the reasonable accommodation requirement takes effect the following week on October 15, 2018. More specifically, a January amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) requires that employers with four or more employees engage in a detailed “cooperative dialogue” with any…

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Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Maryland franchisees are encouraged to consider attending a luncheon program on October 2, 2018 that will provide details on the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (MHWFA) and help them understand their obligations under the law. The program, which will be held at the Holiday Inn Columbia East in Jessup, Maryland, will feature Ms. Tralene Putnam,…

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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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Complying with the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

At the beginning of the 2018 session in January, the Maryland legislature overrode the veto of Governor Larry Hogan and as a result, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act became effective on February 11, 2018. The law can have a major impact on what private businesses must provide their employees by way of paid and…

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