Other Minimum Wage Issues

While that political theater is playing out on Capitol Hill, the issue of a federal minimum wage hike continues to play out in different ways across the country. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released its report on the Raise the Wage Act, which is one of the vehicles in Congress that would mandate…

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Federal Minimum Wage Hike Out, For Now

It would appear that a more than doubling of the existing federal minimum wage from the current $7.25/hour to $15/hour is out of the pending $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill pending in Congress, at least for the time being. In the initial deliberations on the budget resolution (the vehicle by which the Senate will approve…

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Pending Stimulus Bill Includes $15 Minimum Wage

Earlier this week, the US Senate voted to begin debate over stimulus legislation that would use a budget reconciliation process to avoid a potential filibuster by Senate republicans. Budget reconciliation requires only a simple majority of the Senate for passage and comes into play when legislation is deemed to have an impact on the federal…

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Pandemic? What Pandemic?

As the effort to more than double the federal minimum wage across the country gathers steam with a democratic trifecta at the federal level – albeit a slim one, tone-deaf state politicians continue to pile on small business woes. A couple of examples, as referenced above while the Pennsylvania legislature is putting over $900 million…

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House Bill Would Double Federal Minimum Wage

Democratic representatives in Congress made good on promises to file legislation increasing the federal minimum wage this week with The Raise the Wage Act of 2021 being officially filed. As we know there was much talk during the campaign on the democratic side – from President Biden as well as several reps and senators –…

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20 States Raised Minimum Wages This Week

As the New Year arrived one week ago, so too did higher minimum wages in over three dozen state and local jurisdictions. The following 20 states along with 32 cities and counties raised their minimum wage on January 1: Arizona: $12.15; Alaska: $10.34; Arkansas: $11; California: $14 for large employers, $13 for small employers; Colorado:…

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Making a List and Checking It Twice

That lyric from a timeless Christmas classic shouldn’t only apply to Santa at this time of year, but also to every small businessman and woman across the country. Your list however, should be of what legal and regulatory changes will be taking effect on January 1, rather than who’s been naughty or nice! In that…

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More Municipal Mandates

It’s not only governors around the nation that are issuing edicts, imposing restrictions and otherwise getting their pound of flesh from small businesses, municipalities are doing their best as well. The City Council in Denver this week declined to pause the planned minimum wage increase in the Mile High City to $14.77 per hour effective…

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January 2021 Brings Many Changes

As we get closer to the turn of the calendar to 2021, many laws and regulatory requirements will change along with the New Year. It is not too early to focus on the specific changes that will impact your business and, over the course of the remaining issues of Small Regular No Sugar! that publish…

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Election Results They Did Call

While the results of the presidential will not be known, let alone certified for quite some time, such delays are not the case in a host of ballot question issues from around the country. Perhaps having the greatest immediate impact on businesses, Amendment 2 was passed by Florida voters with a 61% plurality (the constitutional…

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