Massachusetts’ Paid Sick Leave Starts

Members with stores in the Bay State are reminded that the state’s mandatory Paid Sick Leave law goes into effect on July 1.  The bill mandates that all employees who work in the state, whether full-time, part-time or temporary are entitled to earn and use up to 40 hours of sick leave per calendar year. …

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Maine Defeats Right to Work Legislation

The Maine legislature voted down an initiative backed by pro-business Governor Paul LePage to make Maine the 26th state in the union with right-to-work laws on its books.  Right to work laws prohibit the mandated payment of union dues as a prerequisite to getting or keeping a job and is staunchly opposed by organized labor. …

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2015 National Conference

Registration for the 2015 DDIFO National Conference at Caesar’s Palace in the heart of the Las Vegas strip is now open and members are encouraged to register early to take advantage of our early bird registration discount, which will expire on July 31.  You can visit the DDIFO National Conference web page for more information…

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Know When To Hold ‘Em, Know When to Fold ‘Em

Starbucks must have been signing the old Kenny Rogers lyrics this week when deciding to close down all of its La Boulange Pastry shops after plunking down $100 million to buy the chain just 3 short years ago.  At the time of the purchase, Starbucks was planning to open more La Boulange cafes in major…

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Los Angeles Adopts $15/hour

They’ve been moving closer and closer over the past couple of weeks with several preliminary approvals, but this past Wednesday, the LA City Council gave its final approval to a $15/hour minimum wage and sent it to the Mayor for his signature.  By a vote of 12 – 1, the City Council increased the minimum…

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Further North on the Left Coast

The City by the Bay, San Francisco will see the so-called Retail Worker Bill of Rights take full effect in a matter of weeks, when it is fully implemented on July 3.  There are many egregious provisions to the law, which you can review on the city website here, but know that its tentacles reach…

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Kentucky, Kalifornia?

I had to read it a couple of times to be sure I got it right, but unfortunately, I had.  The state of Kentucky, home of GOP Presidential Candidate Senator Rand Paul and US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, became the latest to mandate arbitrary $10.10/hour minimum wage for some of its employees!  Governor Steve…

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Connecticut Tightens Controls on Employers

Our friends at the Bennett Law Firm in Portland and Boston (and also our speakers at yesterday’s Maine District Meeting) reminded us that a few weeks back, Connecticut implemented a new law further restricting employers as relates social media.  Governor Daniel Malloy signed a law that prohibits an employer from requesting that an applicant or…

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Maine Legislature Blocks Governor’s Tax Repeal

The Maine legislature succeeded at last this week in thwarting Governor Paul LePage and his effort to repeal the state income tax.  LePage has been pushing for a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the income tax (put in place in 1967) and replace its funding with increases to the state sales tax.  The Maine Senate…

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Earned Sick Leave Arrives in Massachusetts

And, it becomes effective July 1, with a deferred effective date for select employers.  The state’s Attorney General Maura Healey has offered a safe harbor for an additional six months to employers who had a paid sick leave policy of at least 30 hours per year in place by May 1, 2015.  The Attorney General…

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