Agreement Reached on $15 Minimum Wage

After battling all through last year over the issue, democrat NJ Governor Phil Murphy agreed with the democratic-controlled legislature on a bill that will lead to a state minimum wage of $15 per hour as soon as 2024. Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, who has not always seen eye to eye with Murphy, finally brokered the…

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Pushing Paid Leave

Not stopping at increases to state minimum wages, a number of states appear poised to push for passing mandatory paid sick leave. Again in Virginia, paid family leave bills have been filed in both the Senate and the House of Delegates, despite both branches having slim republican majorities. As filed, both proposals would create a…

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A Night to Remember: Joy in Childhood Foundation

This past holiday season, the Dunkin’ Brands Joy in Childhood Foundation celebrated #GivingTuesday in a big way, announcing $2 million in grants to 150 nonprofit groups that bring joy to children battling hunger or illness. Earlier in November, the Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic chapter held its second annual gala at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square, featuring…

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Is Nothing Sacred? de Blasio Pushes Confiscation

Speaking of New York, let’s check on the latest from the Mayor of the Big Apple. Considering his hands-on support of socialism under the Sandinista government in Nicaragua, it shouldn’t be a surprise that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is now pushing confiscation of private property as a top priority. The second term…

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NJ Tax Amnesty Ending

On the subject of tax obligations, those New Jersey taxpayers who may not have met all legal obligations regarding their state tax liabilities from February 2009 through August 2017 still have a few days to make amends – the New Jersey Tax Amnesty program will expire next Tuesday, January 15, 2019! The program, which began…

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de Blasio Wants Mandatory Vacations

As if driving up the cost of business with higher minimum wages, mandatory paid sick leave and “predictability pay” under the NYC Fair Workweek law (predictive scheduling) weren’t enough, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes to go one better – mandatory vacation time! In his annual State of the City message, de Blasio…

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Maryland, New Jersey Minimum Wage Outlook

With a new legislature taking office this past week in Annapolis, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan can anticipate using his veto pen on a host of proposals should they make it to his desk. Legislators in the Terrapin State have already begun pushing another increase in the state minimum wage from the current $10.10/hour to a…

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Jersey City OKs Payroll Tax

A couple of weeks ago, the Jersey City Council unanimously approved a new 1% payroll tax on businesses operating within the city. The tax, which will be paid by the businesses and not by employees, is being earmarked to address a financial “crisis” within the Jersey City school district. The “crisis” was created when the…

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Enough’s Enough, Suit Filed Against NYC Scheduling Law

It’s reared its ugly head in enough places of late that the International Franchise Association (IFA) has joined forces with the National Restaurant Association and the New York Restaurant Association to sue New York City over its Fair Workweek law. The lawsuit, filed in the New York state supreme court on Monday, challenges the scheduling…

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Maximum Movements on Minimum Wages

The current push for increasing minimum wages really began back in 2012, but it doesn’t seem to be slowing much at all. But first, let’s look at the exception that proves the rule. With democrat Gretchen Whitmer poised to take over as Michigan Governor from republican incumbent Rick Snyder, the republican state senate voted Wednesday…

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