Portland & Augusta Both Looking At Paid Leave

One question might be where will it be enacted first, as the Portland City Council and the Maine state legislature are both considering adoption of paid sick leave mandates for private businesses.  The statewide legislation, LD369 filed by Senator Rebecca Millett, is similar to legislation she has filed in the past. It would apply to…

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Shunning Single Use

As we all know, many states and locales focused legislative efforts on banning plastic bags, straws and single-use bags in 2018. In that vein, we found an interesting article earlier this week on QSRWeb entitled ‘Single-use’ – QSRs ‘dirty word’ for 2019 and it may be more prescient than originally thought, speaking to an environmental…

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‘Grand Bargain II’, The Regulations

Although many in the business community saw the “Grand Bargain” (the name given to a legislative/gubernatorial deal to raise wages and mandate paid leave in Massachusetts) as troublesome, but palatable, it appears that the regulations to implement the law could be ‘the straw that breaks the camel’s back’! At the first of seven planned public…

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Agreement Reached on $15 Minimum Wage

After battling all through last year over the issue, democrat NJ Governor Phil Murphy agreed with the democratic-controlled legislature on a bill that will lead to a state minimum wage of $15 per hour as soon as 2024. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, who has not always seen eye to eye with Murphy, finally brokered the…

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Pushing Paid Leave

Not stopping at increases to state minimum wages, a number of states appear poised to push for passing mandatory paid sick leave. Again in Virginia, paid family leave bills have been filed in both the Senate and the House of Delegates, despite both branches having slim republican majorities. As filed, both proposals would create a…

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It’s Baaaaaaack!

For those who thought the idea of the so-called Millionaire Tax had run its course, think again. You will recall that Massachusetts advocates had teed up a ballot question for last November’s ballot that would have allowed the Bay State to apply a 4% surcharge to incomes over $1 million. The Massachusetts Supreme Court ultimately…

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Take Care of the Business, and The Business Will Take Care of You

Neal Angelini reflects on his three decades as a franchisee The year was 1989. Microsoft released its Office suite for the first time, “The Simpsons” made its television debut, George Herbert Walker Bush was inaugurated as the 41st President of the United States and Neal Angelini entered the donut business. Born and raised in Connecticut,…

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Paid Family Leave at the Forefront

New York’s Junior US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was the latest to throw her hat in the 2020 presidential test pool this week with her announcement that she had formed a presidential exploratory committee. More importantly to small business interests, in her late night TV show announcement, she highlighted paid family leave among a host of…

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More on Massachusetts’ Grand Bargain

We’ve been advised by our employment counsel, Morgan Brown & Joy of an apparent glitch in Massachusetts’ legislation signed into law back in the summer. The law, known as the “Grand Bargain” for reasons that elude me, included a 5-year gradual elimination of mandatory premium pay for work on Sundays and holidays in exchange for…

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Banned in Boston, Not in Ohio

They haven’t completely gone after straws yet, but the push to ban single use plastic bags kicks into high gear in Boston this week with the city plastic bag ban becoming effective one week from today, on December 14. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh signed the measure back in December of last year after the city…

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