Cook County Sick Leave Mandate

Back at the local level, a handful of communities within Cook County in Illinois have reversed earlier decisions to opt out of the Cook County paid sick leave mandate and are now opting in. Northbrook became the latest when it reconsidered and opted in to mandate that its employers provide workers up to 40 hours…

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Machinations in Michigan Minimum Wage Chess Match

To summarize, the Michigan State Board of Canvassers was deadlocked (2-2) over whether to certify the validity of a ballot initiative to increase the state minimum wage to $12 by 2022, mandate paid sick leave on private employers and eliminate the tipped wage by 2024. The Michigan Court of Appeals ordered the Board of Canvassers…

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The Proliferation of Progressive Politics

It was a major upset and a total shock to the political establishment when back in June, New York bartender Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez handily beat 20-year Congressional incumbent Joseph Crowley for the democratic nomination for New York’s 14th Congressional District. Crowley was Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, essentially the 3rd most powerful democrat in the US…

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Texas Battles over Paid Leave

The Lone Star State is fighting on a couple of fronts to prevent local communities from mandating paid sick leave benefits on private employers. Last week, a state appellate court blocked an Austin ordinance that, effective October 1, would require private businesses provide paid sick leave to employees. A lower court had previously rejected the…

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Windy City Blowing Anti-Business?

So it would seem that Chicago is intent on implementing as many policies as possible that win votes, but do little to grow and improve a region’s economy and business climate. First off, last month we noted an initiative by Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar to begin a Universal Basic Income (UBI) pilot program won support…

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Congressional Committee Hears Workflex Bill

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a public hearing this week on H.4219, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act. The bill, which was filed by Representative Mimi Walters (R-CA), would exempt companies from state and local paid-leave laws if they meet minimum federal paid leave standards and flexible work requirements. A…

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Sick Leave Still Spreading

The state level push to add, and in some cases expand existing, paid sick and family leave benefits for workers continued over the past few weeks with California expanding its already-generous family leave law and Rhode Island legislators approving up to 5 sick days leave on an annual basis. California lawmakers sent Governor Jerry Brown…

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Speaking of Paid Sick Leave

There are two fronts to cover this week on the broader subject of paid sick leave – one at the federal level and the other from the west coast. In Washington, DC, first daughter and presidential advisor, Ivanka Trump, continues to push adoption of a paid leave policy on a national basis that she describes…

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Arizona, Washington Enact Sick Leave

As evidence of the above comment, the states of Arizona and Washington added themselves to the litany of states mandating that private employers provide paid leave to their employers. In Washington, Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law earlier this week that provides eligible employees with 12 weeks of paid time off for the…

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Preparing for Paid Leave

That preemption veto notwithstanding, mandatory paid leave becomes effective in the Twin Cities at the end of this month. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have paid leave mandates on their books that will take effect on July 1. Except in those communities that have opted out of the county mandates, paid sick leave also becomes…

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