Virginia OT and Wages Rising

On the first of May, the minimum wage in Virginia will exceed the federal minimum for the first time, rising from the current $7.25 per hour to $9.50 an hour. The Old Dominion is one of only five that will raise their minimum wage before next January with Connecticut 8/1/21, Florida 9/1/21, Nevada 8/1/21 and…

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Court Validates Salary History Consideration

According to a federal District Court in Virginia, the use of salary history in employment decisions is a reasonable – and legal – tool for employers to consider in making employment decisions. Early this month, the court applied a precedent set by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (Spenser v. Virginia State University) versus a…

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All Around Biz Interruption Insurance

A Boston-based federal district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed last May by the Massachusetts-based high-end seafood chain, Legal Sea Foods. US District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton agreed with defendant Strathmore Insurance Company that the COVID-19 virus did not result in the requisite physical damage to Legal Sea Foods’ property, notwithstanding government ordered shutdowns…

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COVID Capacities Increasing

Following more slowly on the trend set by Texas and Mississippi when last week they removed all COVID related restrictions and shutdowns, a number of states this week have further relaxed their COVID related mandates on businesses operating at a percentage of full capacity. Specifically, the states of Arizona and Maryland have each announced that…

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What’s Brewing: $15 an Hour Minimum Wage, McDonald’s Secrets, New York

Dunkin’ franchise owners were standout performers in the challenging times that followed the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic last spring. While the rest of the restaurant industry has struggled to stay above water, Dunkin’ and other quick-service restaurants have done a remarkable job adapting to difficult circumstances, quickly shifting their focus to app-based delivery and…

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For Philadelphia’s Sonny Ho, the Brand Always Comes First

Black, with cream. Or without cream. With sugar, without sugar. “I drink my coffee any way. I drink the mistakes,” laughs Sonny Ho. There are some who say a person’s coffee order reveals a lot about their personality. In the case of Philadelphia franchisee Sonny Ho, it couldn’t be more accurate. Ho built his career…

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State/Local Updates Around the Country

Staying out west for the moment, on January 25, the Seattle City Council voted – unanimously – to pass an ordinance mandating that certain grocery store employees receive hazard pay during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Seattle minimum wage is currently $16.69 per hour and the hazard pay mandate will add $4 for each…

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Some States Stepping Up Business Relief

Over the past few weeks, we have been glad to be able to advise you of some additional state-sponsored COVID relief and business assistance programs. This week, we’re happy to report on a couple of more that are in the works. First in Harrisburg last week, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a $912 million COVID relief…

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Pandemic? What Pandemic?

As the effort to more than double the federal minimum wage across the country gathers steam with a democratic trifecta at the federal level – albeit a slim one, tone-deaf state politicians continue to pile on small business woes. A couple of examples, as referenced above while the Pennsylvania legislature is putting over $900 million…

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