Employment Law Enforcement Office

Believe me when I tell you, nothing good will come out of a proposal in the Chicago Board of Alderman to create a new Office of Labor Standards that would be charged with enforcing minimum wage and paid sick leave laws in the Windy City. Alderman Ameya Pawar is the lead sponsor among 35 others…

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Maryland Passes Tax Credits As Session Ends

The Maryland legislature adjourned the current session on Monday of this week, but not before passing Governor Larry Hogan’s sick leave tax credit program. Governor Hogan vetoed Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (mandated sick leave) passed at the end of last session, but his veto was quickly overridden by the democrat-dominated legislature at the beginning…

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Paid Leave Updates

The push to add paid leave options in different states is staying in the forefront each week. Just yesterday, a public hearing was held in the New Hampshire state senate on House bill 628, legislation that would create a sick leave insurance plan with an opt-out option. As drafted, the insurance would provide up to…

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Paid Leave Still Percolating

It won’t go away anytime soon, so we should be aware and prepared to fight proposals to mandate additional paid leave for employees. Advocates are not resting as evidenced by the fact that the Austin Texas City Council passed a new paid leave mandate just last week. Under the provisions of the bill, which passed…

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Sick Leave -No Delay in MD, No Changes in DC

It turns out that the Maryland House of Delegates would not follow the state senate and delay the implementation of the paid sick leave law in Maryland, letting it take effect as scheduled last Sunday. After serious lobbying by the business community, the senate had agreed to postpone the mandate until July in order to…

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Federal Sick Leave by “Ivarco”

In Hollywood circles, we had Bennifer (Ben Affleck & Jennifer Lopez) along with Bradgelina (Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie), but now Ivanka Trump and Senator Marco Rubio (could they be jointly ID’d as “Ivarco”?) are joining forces to push for adoption of a national paid sick leave policy. Their idea, which Rubio is still crafting…

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Maryland Senate Votes Sick Leave Delay

In response to a concerted lobbying effort by the broader business community in Maryland, yesterday the state senate voted to delay implementation of the new Maryland paid sick leave law until July. The Healthy Working Families Act, vetoed by Governor Larry Hogan but which was overridden in both branches over the past few weeks, is…

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Miscellaneous

Entrepreneur Magazine released its 39th annual Franchise 500 list and we can proudly report that Dunkin’ Donuts continues to enjoy recognition as one of the country’s best franchises, coming in at #3 on the list. For the first time in almost 20 years, McDonalds topped the ticket, edging out 7-Eleven, which has owned the #1…

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Competitor News

Starbucks had a very difficult reception on Wall Street to its sales and earnings narrative released yesterday. Q1 US same store sales was plus 2, all average ticket, and zero traffic gains from last year. They repeated a now familiar story of weak afternoon and evening business, and declining foot traffic of units inside some…

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What’s Brewing: NLRB, H-2B summer visas, Soda tax, Wages headed up, Sick leave

Good old 2017 ended with a bang, with the Trump Administration making good on its promises to axe a controversial ruling that Dunkin’ and other franchise owners have argued undermines the very foundations of franchising. The National Labor Relations Board has dumped the Obama-era joint-employer rule, which had sowed confusion and stirred fears of unionization…

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