Complying with the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

At the beginning of the 2018 session in January, the Maryland legislature overrode the veto of Governor Larry Hogan and as a result, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act became effective on February 11, 2018. The law can have a major impact on what private businesses must provide their employees by way of paid and…

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Sexual Harassment Training Mandates

The state of Delaware joined New York, California, Maine and Connecticut in mandating sexual harassment training for private employers when Governor John Carney signed HB 360 into law just over one week ago. The new law, which effective on January 1, 2019 broadens the categories of workers covered by the state Discrimination in Employment Act,…

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Sexual Harassment on Two Fronts

A couple of important dates are coming up relative to employer responsibilities regarding sexual harassment in New York over the next 2 months. First off in New York City, the Stop Sexual Harassment Act, a series of bills signed into law by Mayor de Blasio on May 9, requires all employers beginning on September 6,…

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New Jersey Will Pay the Pickets

One week ago, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law A3861, a bill that will allow for striking workers in the Garden State to collect unemployment benefits when they are out of work because they are on strike against their employer! Under the legislation, which had previously passed the legislature but was vetoed by…

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Janus Decision Hitting Public Employee Unions Hard

Public employee unions around the country must now comply with SCOTUS’ Janus decision, prohibiting the collection of “fair share” fees from employees that choose not to belong to the union. In direct response, some of the larger public unions in the nation are losing big money causing the unions to rethink their priorities. A couple…

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Succeeding as a Business Owner in the Next Generation

As Dunkin’ Donuts tests a Next Generation store concept and innovations in coffee products, franchisees must decide how they will make the leap into the next generation themselves. Moving forward in a competitive landscape can be both exciting and challenging. With 70 years of history behind the brand, Dunkin’ Donuts has evolved and diversified to…

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What’s Brewing: Sick Leave, Soda Wars, Rising Wages

Looks like it could be a long, hot and potentially expensive summer for Dunkin’ and other quick service franchise owners around the country. Several states and cities hiked their minimum wage on July 1, with a few now even pushing past the much ballyhooed $15 an hour mark. Activists pushing for sick leave mandates are…

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Summer Season Help Wanted

These are the vacation spots that symbolize an idyllic summer: Cape Cod to Mackinac Island; Ogunquit, Maine to Hilton Head. They’re as American as apple pie. But increasingly, these hot spots have relied on foreign workers to do jobs that would otherwise go unfilled. With an unemployment rate hovering around 4 percent and a scarce…

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Delaware Latest to Hike Minimum Wage

We tried to advise you in last weeks issue of the many states and localities that increased their effective minimum wage with the coming of the new fiscal years on July 1, but doing so is shooting at the ultimate moving target. As a case in point, the Delaware legislature debated throughout the weekend and…

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July 1 Trigger Date

Each year as July rolls around, and with it the start of state and municipal fiscal years, we also see many minimum wage hikes taking effect. In the interest of keeping our readers informed of these changes, we believe that the following minimum wages increases take effect Sunday: Washington DC from $12.50 to $13.25; Chicago…

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