“Hero Pay” Program Takes Effect

Earlier this month, the state of Connecticut launched the application process for its new Hero Pay program for essential workers. The program, funded with a $30 million appropriation in the state budget, may provide up to $1,000 in a pandemic pay premium for eligible, private-sector essential workers. To qualify, employees must be deemed essential workers…

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18th State Enacts CROWN Act

The Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural hair or CROWN Act continues to win favor with state legislatures across the country and Massachusetts became the latest this week as Governor Charlie Baker signed H.4554 into law on Tuesday. The legislation, which has now been adopted in 18 states around the country, was first…

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Little State, Big Tip Protection

It may be known as Little Rhody, but the tiny state of Rhode Island comes up big now with a new tip protection law on the books. Governor Dan McKee signed H7510A into law on June 28 and it became effective immediately at that time. The law prohibits employers from retaining any portion of an…

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Court Clears Millionaire’s Tax for Ballot

The Massachusetts Supreme Court this week cleared the so-called Fair Share Act to appear on the Massachusetts November ballot. The proposed constitutional amendment seeks to impose an additional 4% surcharge on Massachusetts taxpayers with income in excess of $1 million in any calendar year. Currently, the Massachusetts Constitution prohibits any kind of graduated income tax,…

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Maine Requiring Vacation Payout

A law passed by the state of Maine back in March and signed by the Governor on April 7 will take effect in a couple of weeks and require the payment of accrued vacation pay upon termination. The law amends the final wages statute and requires covered employers (being those with more than ten employees)…

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July 1 Triggers Wage Hikes

With the turn of the calendar in another couple of weeks, a number of changes to minimum wage requirement will take place across a host of states. It’s important you take note of them and be sure to remain in compliance. Effective July 1, the following increases become effective: Connecticut will increase its minimum from…

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Paid Leave Changes

Minimum wages aren’t the only legal requirements that will change come July 1, and you’ll want to double check on local and state requirements that may impact your business.  That said, we note that Universal Paid Leave in the Nations Capital will undergo some changes next month as the employers’ contributions will be reduced from…

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Increasing Minimum Wages

Although most states and local communities increase minimum wages at the turn of the calendar, a few of them mandate an increase at the start of the Fiscal Year – July 1. In that vein, Connecticut will hike its current $13 per hour minimum to $14 on July 1. Likewise, Nevada will see its current…

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‘Captive Audience’ Ban

Organized labor appears close to celebrating a big win in Connecticut as the House of Representatives last week passed legislation that will prohibit employers from holding mandatory meetings on unionization and other sensitive subjects. Senate bill 163, which passed the state Senate a few weeks ago, was approved by the House on a vote of…

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Dunkin’ Doings

New Boston Mayor Michelle Wu may or may not run on Dunkin’, but her constituent meetings certainly do! The Mayor’s Office has announced a series of constituent meetings the Mayor Wu will host featuring Dunkin’ coffee and snacks to be held in neighborhoods around the city over the course of the next two months. Billed…

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