The Minimum Wage Impact

We talk quite a bit about the minimum wage and what the impact is of mandating regular increases to the minimum. Well, a study that Harri, the workplace management software company that works closely with restaurants, released a week or so ago underscores the direct impact. Of the 173 restaurants surveyed, 71 percent planned to…

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State Minimum Wage Maneuvers

Speaking of minimum wages, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has asked the Florida Supreme Court to review a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would mandate a $15 minimum. The proposed amendment calls for the $8.46 minimum wage to rise to $10 on September 30, 2021 and increase $1 each year thereafter until reaching $15 per hour…

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Overtime Minimums Higher Than DOL’s

We thought it might be a good time to reiterate that the proposed Department of Labor overtime exemption threshold, which was increased to $35,308 just over one month ago, is not the operable threshold in New York – and some other states (California in particular) as well. Employers in New York are subject to the…

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Pay Equity Law Passes in Maine

The state of Maine became the latest to pass a so-called Pay Equity law that purports to help close a gender pay gap by among other restrictions, prohibiting employers from inquiring into a job applicant’s salary history until a job and compensation is formally offered. An Act Regarding Pay Equality (LD-278), filed by Senator Cathy…

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For this Florida Franchisee Success is All In The (Extended) Family

If there’s one thread that runs through John Griffey’s success story as a Dunkin’ franchisee, it is family—particularly if you include the extended family he’s developed during his two decades in the business. “It really is a family business,” says Griffey. “Myself and my wife Jean, Jim and Judy Yoakum, the Zepka family in Connecticut,…

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Doctor Groups Target Sugary Drinks

Two medical advocacy groups joined the sugary drinks fray this week with issuance of a joint policy statement asking legislators to limit sugary drink consumption. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association are endorsing price hikes on sugary drinks through imposition of new excise taxes as well as adopting limits on advertising…

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Maryland Governor Vetoes Wage Increase

At the other end of the spectrum on the minimum wage debate, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan this week vetoed a minimum wage bill increasing the wage in Maryland to $15/hour by 2025 and by July, 2026 for smaller businesses with 14 or fewer employees. Notwithstanding the Governor’s veto, the legislature quickly – in fact, within…

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New Jersey Bans NDAs, Strengthening Wage Theft

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is the polar opposite of former republican Governor Chris Christie and is signing into law many of the bills that Christie strongly opposed and/or vetoed during his two terms in the corner office. The latest example is new legislation restricting the use of nondisclosure agreements in employment contracts and settlement…

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Different Directions on State Minimum Wages

It could be called a tale of three directions when we look at minimum wage actions in Arkansas, Florida and Maryland within the past two weeks. As we’ve advised in past issues, the Maryland General Assembly has been advancing minimum wage legislation to hike the state minimum to $15/hour by 2025 and just last week,…

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Going Cashless

As technology continues its unrelenting march forward, it is logical to envision more and more retail outlets and restaurants transitioning to cashless sales – even within brick-and-mortar stores. Well, that trend was just nipped in the bud in Philadelphia two weeks ago when the city council gave the final OK to a new ban on…

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