Minimum Wage Veto, Prospects and Impact

We’ve got 3 dimensions of the nation minimum wage debate to report to you this week and each coming from a different east coast state. First, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu stayed true to his word when he vetoed legislation that would have increased the current state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. SB 10…

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More State Law Changes Coming

It seems timely for us again to advise of a number of new laws and changes to existing laws that will be taking effect within the next few weeks. In that vein, we advise owners with interests in the following states read on: Alabama, Maine, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. As to the changes, The Oklahoma…

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Wage Theft Law Now Much Tougher in NJ

With Governor Phil Murphy still on vacation last week, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver signed legislation into law that significantly strengthens the penalties for wage theft in New Jersey. S.1790, which Oliver signed last Friday with much fanfare, updates the New Jersey Wage Payment and Wage Hour laws by increasing penalties and enforcement activities. Under the…

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Fine-tuning Annual Paid Time Off

Maine became the first state to mandate annual paid time off for private employees when the Governor signed the legislation back in May. The state of Nevada became the second shortly thereafter, when Governor Steve Sisolak signed the Nevada version into law two weeks thereafter. The Maine bill, which applies to businesses with more than…

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Stretching the Family (Leave) Unit

There continues to be much movement in a number of states on the paid family leave front, but the state of Oregon is moving the needle much further with an expansive definition of family members. Oregon Governor Kate Brown will be signing House Bill 2005 into law later today (scheduled for 11:15 AM PDT). Once…

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Illinois Authorizes Food Stamps at Restaurants

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed HB.3343 into law a few weeks ago thereby creating a Restaurant Meals Program as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The program will allow a select group of SNAP recipients (over 60 years of age, people with disabilities and homeless people who use food stamps) to use their…

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Miscellaneous

For a period of time, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was said to be contemplating a primary challenge against President Donald Trump for the republican presidential nomination. He decided against that undertaking, and accepted the Chairmanship of the National Governors Association instead. That job might be equally challenging as the organization had been hemorrhaging staff since…

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Heading To the Ballot?

Speaking of minimum wage increase proposals, advocates in two states are aiming to put a minimum wage increase question on the ballot for voters to decide. First, in Florida, attorney John Morgan, who has been spearheading an effort to increase the state minimum wage (currently $8.46/hour), claimed this week that he had collected over a…

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Paid Leave Fights in Court

Liberal local communities continue their push to win and enforce their own paid leave mandates and the fights continue in courts in blue and red states. In Texas, state Attorney General Ken Paxton, who last year convinced the 3rd District Court of Appeals to strike down an Austin paid sick leave ordinance, prevailed again –…

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Salary History and Plastic Bag Bans

State legislatures continue their parade to ban this or that from the business toolbox and this week we have 2 more with Delaware and New Jersey. Delaware Governor John Carney signed a new plastic bag ban on Monday of this week, making Delaware the 4th state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags. The…

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