Union Work Pays Off for Labor

Organized labor was active as usual in the elections this past Tuesday, but this year those efforts apparently paid some pretty good dividends for the unions. Unions (especially SEIU and the Fight for $15) are claiming credit for a couple of gubernatorial victories – the defeat of Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Illinois Governor…

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Minimum Wages Hike Passes on Both Ballots

As we’ve advised in the past, questions on raising the minimum wage were put to the voters in both Arkansas and Missouri this week and unfortunately, voters in both states agreed with advocates and approved the initiatives. In Arkansas, the current $8.50 minimum will increase to $9.25 in January 2019, then to $10 per hour…

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One Win, One Loss on Soda Taxes

Two other states sent questions to the voters about soda taxes and the voters gave one a yes and the other a no. Oregon voters rejected Measure 103 by an overwhelming margin of 57 – 43%. The proposal would have banned most new taxes on grocery items – especially soda and other sugary beverages. The…

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Voters Guard Against Other Taxes

Maine voters rejected applying another surcharge to certain individual incomes. By a lopsided margin of 63-37%, voters rejected the idea of authorizing an additional 3.8% surcharge on incomes over $128,400 per year. The revenues generated would have funded the provision of “free” in-home care for the state’s elderly and disabled residents, regardless of their need…

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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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Changes in Illinois Employment and Tax Law

In light of this electoral climate, DDIFO’s upcoming Chicago Regional meeting, Don’t Risk Your Network!, seems particularly timely. The program, which includes lunch, will be held next Tuesday, November 13 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue in Rosemont, beginning at 11:30 AM and concluding around 3 PM. The meeting will feature Attorney…

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Firsts Aplenty in 2018 Midterms

If nothing else, the 2018 midterm elections certainly left their mark by leaving a significant number of firsts in its wake, especially for those who like to check boxes or otherwise focus on identity politics! In Michigan, Democrat Rashida Tlaib became the first Muslim woman ever elected to Congress; At age 29, Democrat Socialist Alexandria…

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Don’t Risk Your Network! Learn more at the Illinois Franchise Meeting

Learn how to protect your network from employment nightmares. Illinois elected officials are passing more laws mandating that employers provide more benefits to their employees. In fact this week, Northbrook opted in to the Cook County paid sick leave law! And, just over the past month or so, Illinois expanded the reach of the Illinois Wage…

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NLRB Extends Joint Employer Comment Period

The National Labor Relations Board this week extended the deadline for public comments on its proposed joint-employer rule for an extra month. The 60-day public comment period was scheduled to end on November 13, but the agency postponed that deadline now until December 13. Public comments will be accepted until that time and until December…

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The Mid-Term Elections

Much is being said about the importance of the midterm elections and many of us may wonder what exactly is the big issue? Why are the 2018 Midterm elections sooooo important. The answer is essentially who holds to keys to the US government for the next two years. As to Supreme Court Issues, the President…

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