State Loan Programs

Aside from the loan and other financial components contained in the pending federal CARES Act, a number of states and cities are also looking to create and fund business loan programs to help get the economy back on track. Toward that end, 10 days ago the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program was launched…

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Maine Latest to Consider Overtime Adjustment

Maine lawmakers held a work session yesterday on a bill that would dramatically increase the overtime threshold in the state. LD 402 would guarantee overtime pay for all Maine workers earning less than $55,000 per year, a significant increase over the current threshold of $36,000 per year. The bill, currently pending in the Committee on…

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Vermont Overrides Minimum Wage Veto

Last week, the Vermont state legislature formally overrode a veto by Governor Phil Scott of legislation mandating another increase in the state minimum wage to over $12 per hour by 2022. The legislation, which is now law, provides for increasing the minimum wage from $10.96 to $11.75 next year and then to $12.55 by 2022.…

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Fair Franchising in Play in Vermont

Fair franchising legislation has been filed for consideration this year in the Vermont legislature. Several weeks ago, 10 state legislators co-sponsored House bill 890, An Act Related to Regulating Franchise Agreements. The bill seeks to restore some semblance of balance to the franchisee – franchisor relationship and focuses on a number of specific points raised…

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RI Senate Approves $1 Minimum Wage Increase

For the second straight year, the Rhode Island state senate has passed a new increase in the state minimum wage that could take effect on October 1, 2020 – just over one month before Election Day. The proposal, which increases the current state minimum of $10.50 per hour to $11.50 per hour, must still pass…

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Vermont Upholds Paid Leave Veto, Waits on Wage Hike

Vermont Governor Phil Scott vetoed a bill last Friday that would have mandated paid family and medical leave for all employees in the Green Mountain state but that veto was upheld this week by the Vermont House of Representatives. Despite holding a so-called “supermajority”, the democrat-controlled House fell one vote shy of the 100 needed…

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States Codifying 80/20 Rule

Almost a full year and a half ago, the US Department of Labor (DOL) officially rid the federal regulatory bureaucracy of the so-called 80/20 Rule, which governed minimum wage calculations and requirements for tipped employees when they perform ‘non-tip’ functions. Since then however, individual states have sought to adopt their own versions of the 80/20…

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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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