Fight for $15 Active Again in New Year

The SEIU (Service Employees International Union) sponsored advocacy group, Fight for $15, continues to push for increased wage minimums in a host of states around the country. The most recent example of their ongoing efforts was seen in the state of New Hampshire, where the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted last week to raise…

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Plastic Still in the Crosshairs

Legislators and environmental activists across the nation continue to target single-use plastic bags, straws and other plastic products for elimination as the new legislative sessions begin. Massachusetts will most assuredly advance a plastic bag ban, although 135 communities already have a local ban of some sort on their books. The state senate approved a sweeping…

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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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Connecticut Sexual Harassment Law Expanded

In our haste to keep an eye on and advise you of all the various legal changes that have occurred over the past few months in all states across the Dunkin’ footprint, we seem to have missed a couple of changes that took effect in Connecticut this week. First, Connecticut’s minimum wage increased by $0.90/hour…

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Maine Salary History Prohibition In Effect

Our friends at the Bennett Law Firm in Portland Maine reminded us that a new law banning employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s salary history took effect this week. The prohibition, which formally took effect on September 18, exists until such time as the employer extends a job offer to the applicant that includes…

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MA Paid Family & Medical Leave effective October 1

Delayed from earlier in the summer, employer obligations under the new Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law (PFML) will begin in a few weeks on October 1, 2019, when covered employers are required to begin contributions to fund the program. The PFML provides temporary income replacement to eligible workers who welcome a new child…

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Government That Governs Least – Not!

In the catalogue of government overreach, or nanny-state actions of late, we’d hasten to submit Oregon at the state level and old favorite San Francisco in the local community category. Just a few weeks ago, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law Senate bill 1019, which provides that beginning in the year 2024, all eggs…

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SEIU Targets Service Plaza QSRs

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and their Fight for $15 effort now appear to be targeting roadside service plazas for their latest unionization efforts, and the strategy will be a tough one to defeat. Clearly, the roadside service areas are government-owned, making protests and rallies at the sights more politically potent. On Wednesday, the…

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California Codifying “ABC Test”?

The California state senate is closing in on final consideration of AB-5, which will codify the Dynamex decision of the California Supreme Court. That decision, rendered in early 2018, established the “ABC Test” for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor as opposed to the historically-accepted Economic Realities Test. Whereas the…

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