Fight for $15 Targets Unionizing Chipotle

It would appear that the SEIU’s Fight for $15 campaign, which has long targeted unionizing McDonald’s restaurants, may now be targeting their organizing efforts at Chipotle employees. Last week, the union brought its campaign to Washington, DC, where they were handing out flyers outside of Chipotle locations in the Nation’s Capital. The fliers sought to…

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Back To the Future: ERA Version

Many of our readers likely are young enough to have only heard of the most recent effort to amend the US Constitution with adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment in history classes, but believe it or not, ERA is back in the news. To refresh your memory, amendments to the Constitution require a two-thirds majority…

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Fair Workweek Laws Are New Priority

From those who gave us the $15 minimum wage and dramatic expansion of paid sick leave and other employee benefit mandates across much of the country, they’re establishing a new priority moving forward – Fair Workweek laws. The Fight for $15 and its associated labor groups have seemingly shifted gears and are now organizing in…

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Elections Have Consequences

In most states, elections were held earlier this week and we want to just touch on a couple of results as they may become relevant to business issues in the future. First off, up in Portland Maine, incumbent progressive Mayor Ethan Strimling was eliminated before the final round in the ranked-choice local election. He defined…

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States Pushing Their Own Overtime Rules

Despite such reasonable rulings on overtime and the methods for overtime calculations proposed by the Trump administration, a number of states are dramatically pushing the overtime limits at the state level. On Thursday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) charged the state labor department with expanding overtime eligibility across the state, using the Obama figure as…

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Minimum Wages Hikes Have an Impact

On the positive side of the ledger, one can point to the first increase in the median real wage for US workers in quite some time. But, there’s also a flip side to that coin, and it is taking a toll on restaurants in major cities such as New York City and San Francisco. The…

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New York City Squeezes Speech

The New York City Commission on Human Rights is seemingly ramping up its restrictions on employers with a new Legal Enforcement Guidance on certain protections in the NYC Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). Specifically, a new guidance released this month provides that employers (as well as landlords) could be subjected to fines up to $250,000 for…

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Idle Hands

With his presidential campaign over, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is now back in the city full time – and it’s starting to show. What’s good for America, may not be great for New Yorkers with the Mayor back at Gracie Mansion full time. Last week, his administration brought action against Chipotle with…

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New York Annual Sexual Harassment Training

In that same vein, we also wanted to remind readers that the first anniversary of the state of New York requirement for annual sexual harassment training is coming up on October 9, 2019. By that date, all employees in the state are required to have gone through their annual training session on sexual harassment. You…

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Minimum Wage Veto, Prospects and Impact

We’ve got 3 dimensions of the nation minimum wage debate to report to you this week and each coming from a different east coast state. First, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu stayed true to his word when he vetoed legislation that would have increased the current state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. SB 10…

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