Maine Is Legislative Hotbed

Although one might not normally identify the state of Maine as a hotbead of legislative activity, it is certainly fitting that bill thus far this year.  Maine’s pro-business Governor Paul LePage has been advocating legislation that would prohibit individual cities and towns from creating their own minimum wages, and representatives of his administration spoke in…

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Pennsylvania Looks To Go In Different Direction

It’s a long way from becoming law, but we’re glad to be able to report that the Pennsylvania Senate is at least considering the needs of small business as relates unnecessarily increasing labor costs.  We noted this week that the senate on a vote of 37 – 12 passed a bill that would overturn a…

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White House Planning “Worker Summit” for Fall

As if the administration’s egregious actions regarding minimum wages, union elections, paid sick leave and joint employer rules weren’t enough mischief, the President, as he vetoed the “ambush election” fix (above), reiterated his intention to host a workers summit later this year, ostensibly to rally organized labor and other activists for more pro-union initiatives and…

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At the State Level

As legislative sessions begin to get more involved, we’re seeing more action now in state houses across the country.  The Maine legislature recently hosted a packed public hearing at which they took testimony on a number of different proposals to increase the minimum wage by various amounts.  Negotiations are now underway to find a suitable…

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Paid Sick Leave Filed in Congress

It’s been percolating in several state houses and city halls around the country and now, Congress is getting into the Mandatory Sick Leave business.  Last week, sick leave legislation was filed in both the US Senate and the House of Representatives.  Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) filed the so-called Healthy Families Act, which would mandate that…

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Philadelphia Mandates Sick Leave

Although he vetoed sick leave mandates on two occasions in the past, apparently the third time was the charm for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter who signed the mandate into law last week.  The Philadelphia City Council had passed the sick leave bill, which mandates one hour leave for every 40 hours worked, earlier on February…

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Sick Leave As A Presidential Campaign Issue

Most will remember that President Obama called for adoption of mandatory sick leave for all employees earlier this year in his State of the Union address.  Now, in the wake of Philadelphia passing it into law, and two bills being filed in Congress to mandate it, presumed democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton quickly tweeted out her…

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Still More From Cities

Aside from minimum wage issues, mandated paid sick leave continues to make news as Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who previously vetoed mandatory sick leave (twice!) has now signed on to the notion as his Chief of Staff informed the press.  With that nod from the Mayor, the Committee on Public Health and Human Services unanimously…

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Paid Sick Leave Spreading Like the Flu

It began back in 2006 when San Francisco mandated paid sick leave for every worker in the city at a rate of 1 hour paid leave earned for every 30 hours worked.  It was followed by Washington, DC and Milwaukee just 2 years later.  (The Milwaukee law was never implemented and after Wisconsin Governor Scott…

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