House Committee Advances $15 Federal Minimum

To nobody’s surprise, the House Education and Labor Committee voted 28-20 along party lines to advance a Democratic bill more than doubling the current federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The committee’s Democratic majority also voted in lockstep to kill 7 different Republican amendments before sending the bill out to the House floor. The…

Read More »

Parallel Paid Leave Tracks

Congress will soon be debating two different versions of federal paid leave laws as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD.) joined Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Don Beyer (D-VA) and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introducing the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act earlier this week. Although the immediate focus of the democrat bill is solely on federal government…

Read More »

Tax Extenders Bill Filed

In a rare show of bipartisanship, the two leaders of the Senate Finance Committee have filed critical legislation to renew dozens of expired tax breaks. The tax provisions that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) and ranking member Ron Wyden (D-OR) seek to renew expired at the end of 2017 in most cases while…

Read More »

NJ Governor Wants Millionaire Tax

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy continues to push for so many of the progressive programs and initiatives that were blocked in prior years by his republican predecessor, Chris Christie. This latest initiative, incorporated in the Governor’s $38.6 billion state budget for FY20, seeks to expand the universe of the multi-millionaire tax (incomes over $5 million)…

Read More »

Fair Workweek Bill Filed in Los Angeles

The City of Angels is the latest to consider adoption of Fair Workweek legislation with three city councilors filing a motion to enact fair workweek legislation last week. Council President Herb Wesson, along with Councilors Curren Price and Paul Koretz, announced the filing at a press conference last Friday. The motion, which was referred to…

Read More »

Upcoming Events

Dunkin’ franchisees in the Northeast will want to mark your calendars for the Northeast Regional DDIFO meeting at the Sheraton Needham Hotel (Needham, Massachusetts) on Tuesday, April 23. The meeting, scheduled to run from 11:30 AM until 3:00 PM, will feature Attorney Dan Field, partner with Boston employment law firm Morgan, Brown & Joy, along…

Read More »

Competitor News

The only Tim Horton’s franchisee in Minnesota filed suit against the brand and its parent, Restaurant Brands International, last week in US District Court. The franchisee, Tim-Minn, had planned to open 280 stores in the state, but in its lawsuit, claims the brand used false and misleading information to attract Tim-Minn participation. According to the…

Read More »

We Will Not Publish Next Week

As I will be out of the country on vacation for next week, we regret that we will not be able to publish Small Regular No Sugar! on March 15. We will resume publication the following week with the next issue hitting your computers on Friday, March 22. Thank you for your understanding!

Read More »

New York DOL Dropping “Call-in Pay”

We saw reports yesterday that the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) was dropping its regulation requiring employees to be paid “call-in pay” when they are called in to work or have a planned shift cancelled with less than a 14 day notice. The call-in pay requirement was originally written into draft regulations the…

Read More »

House Hearing on Paycheck Fairness Act

The House Education & Labor Committee, having made a 180 degree turn under democratic Chairman Representative Bobby Scott (VA), held a public hearing this week on H.R.7, known as the Paycheck Fairness Act. With 240 cosponsors in the House (all 239 democrat members and 1 republican), the legislation would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act…

Read More »