How About Tipped Employees?

As we’ve reported in past issues, liberal employee advocates are often pushing elimination of the tipped wage because ‘tipped workers can’t live on the wages they earn’, even though tipped workers like their current setup. We’ve advised of two major ballot questions on this issue being decided on November 8 in Washington DC and Portland…

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Ballot Measures, a Potpourri

Over the past few weeks, we’ve focused on various ballot initiatives around the country by subject matter – minimum wages last week, right to work laws the week prior, etc. Without getting too far into the weeds, that leaves us a couple to call to your attention. In Massachusetts, there’s a Millionaire’s tax on the…

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Maryland Expands Anti-discrimination Laws

In May, 2022, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation that repealed and reenacted certain provisions of Maryland state law relating the anti-discrimination statute. Those provisions all became effective on October 1, 2022. First off, the obligation to provide a reasonable accommodation for an employee’s disability has been expanded to include applicants for employment as well.…

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Salary Transparency Effective November 1

Back in January, the New York City Council passed legislation amending the city Human Rights Law and requiring that employers include salary ranges in all job postings effective in April of this year. Ultimately, the final version that won the approval of Mayor Eric Adams was to become effective on May 15, 2022 but the…

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Economic Trends

Consumer sentiment with the U.S. increased slightly in early October, reaching its highest level since April. According to the University of Michigan preliminary estimate of its consumer sentiment index, consumers are slightly more optimistic with the index hitting 59.8 in October, up from 58.6 in September. The index measuring American consumer assessment of current economic…

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EEOC Releases New Rights Poster

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) this week released a new employment law poster that must be posted in a conspicuous spot in the workplace. The new updated “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal” poster includes the following notation at the very bottom of the poster: (Revised 10/20/2022). This one that should be used…

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NLRB Extends Comment Period

Last Friday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced an extension in the time allowed for public comments to be submitted regarding a proposed new rule on the joint employer standard. The agency extended the comment period by an additional 30 days and will now accept public comments through the close of business on Wednesday,…

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E-Verify Webinar Schedule

E-Verify, the web-based software system for confirming employment eligibility, has announced the schedule of instructional webinars that will be available to employers through the end of November. The webinars provide instructions on employee rights as well as employer responsibilities in addition to refresher programs for existing users and I-9 overview and completion webinars. E-Verify is…

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2022 Ballot Questions: Minimum Wages

With only a few weeks remaining before the critical midterm election on November 8, we again want to highlight some of the ballot questions that will be decided around the country, with this week’s focus on labor issues in general, and minimum wage hikes in particular. A ballot initiative in Nebraska would raise the state…

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Tale of Two States

With apologies to Charles Dickens, our tale of two states is quite a bit different from the Dickens classic by a somewhat similar name. Earlier this month, the departments of two separate states, Oregon and Washington, jointly announced a new guidance that would govern paid family leave in both Pacific Northwest states. In a joint…

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