Revisiting Poster Requirements

It may seem inconsequential at first blush, but employers must remain diligent in displaying labor law posters and the like as required by federal, state and local governments. Earlier this month, New Jersey adopted new regulations regarding the posting of civil rights notices in places of public accommodation. One change that can be viewed in…

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New Tip & OT Rules in Pennsylvania

We advised you last month and want to remind you that new tip rules will take effect in Pennsylvania today, August 5. The new rules bump the minimum amount of money an employee must receive in tips from the previous $30 per month to $135 per month before the employer can reduce the employee’s hourly…

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Court Adds Travel Time to Paychecks

The Maryland Supreme Court ruled this month that hourly employees must be compensated for time spent traveling from one workplace to another under certain circumstances. The court determined that the federal Portal-to-Portal Act, which provides that travel to and from a primary worksite is generally non-compensable, was never adopted in Maryland. Conversely, Maryland wage laws…

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New Tip Rules Effective August 5

The Pennsylvania Attorney General has approved a 2021 proposal by the state Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) to dramatically amend the state regulations governing wage payments for tipped workers. Current law provided a monthly tipped employee threshold of $30 in tips before an employer could take the tip credit and pay the authorized tipped…

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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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Big Apple Cuts Regulations

For the first time in memory, the regulatory pendulum in New York City swung in the opposite direction last week when Mayor Eric Adams cut the regulatory burden for restaurants. Through a mix of executive orders, regulatory changes, penalty reductions and introducing cure periods, NYC businesses will enjoy a (relatively) more business-friendly relationship with City…

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12 States Now Require PFML

As expected, Delaware Governor John Carney signed the Healthy Delaware Families Act into law last week. The law creates the Delaware Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program, of which we advised you last month. The program will be funded by both employee and employer contributions and when fully operational, will provide up to 80% of…

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NYC Postpones Pay Transparency

The New York City Council overwhelmingly voted last week to delay the effective date of its new pay transparency law by five months. Originally scheduled to become effective one week from Sunday, on May 15, the law will not now take effect until November 1. The ordinance requires employers with 4 or more employees to…

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A New Jersey Man’s Truck Route to Dunkin’

“It’s kind of like a mild toothache; it never goes away,” laughs Bill Mulholland, describing life as a franchisee. “It’s more than a job, or even a business; it’s a different culture and a way of life.” In many respects, the New Jersey native grew up steeped in that culture, watching his father put in…

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Independent Joe #73 April/May 2022

“Skin in the game,” is how Dunkin’ President Scott Murphy explains the decision to increase the number of corporate-owned locations. “It demonstrates to our franchisees that anything we ask them to do, we will now be executing at a large scale alongside them.” While Dunkin’ has acquired franchise units from time to time – including…

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