Maine Approves Paid Leave

The legislature in the state of Maine last week approved An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave (LD 369) and sent it to Governor Janet Mills for her signature. Mills is expected to sign the legislation as she was instrumental in negotiating the final product. Taking effect on January 1, 2021, the bill requires employers in…

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Connecticut Hikes Minimum Wage to $15

With final passage of a new minimum wage law in Connecticut happening last week, it is only a matter of time – and likely only days – until it is officially ‘on the books’. Governor Ned Lamont has promised to sign the bill into law. In its final form, HB 5004, An Act Increasing the…

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Governor Vetoes Paid Leave

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu last week vetoed new legislation mandating paid leave in the Granite State. SB 1, which cleared the legislature just a day before the Governor vetoed it, would have dictated that businesses provide paid family leave insurance to all employees (similar to programs in New York and Rhode Island) and would…

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Portland Yields Paid Leave to State Effort

Early this week, the Portland Maine City Council rejected a proposed ordinance to mandate paid sick leave for all employees instead endorsing the idea of one statewide paid leave standard. By a vote of 5-4 on Monday evening, the Council put to bed any further consideration of a local mandate and instead is working with…

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Mass Millionaire Tax Advances

The Massachusetts legislature, meeting in Constitutional Convention (ConCon) this week gave procedural approval to placing a constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2022. The proposal would amend the state constitution by allowing for classes of taxpayers to be taxed at different levels – more specifically, imposing an additional 4% surcharge on incomes exceeding $1 million.…

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Maine Becomes 1st State to Ban Polysterene Foam

The state of Maine became the first state in the nation to ban the use of polysterene foam food and drink containers when Governor Janet Mills signed the restriction into law this week. LD 289, sponsored by Representative Stanley Zeigler, prohibits restaurants and other “covered establishments” from providing food or beverages in Styrofoam containers effective…

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Soda Taxes in Play in Massachusetts

A number of cities across the country have adopted some form of soda tax over the past few years, but no such surcharges have been imposed at the state level since 1992. Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia & West Virginia all have soda taxes, while they are preempted by Arizona, California and Michigan. But the dearth of…

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place!

Massachusetts has relieved a little bit of the pressure on businesses relative to applying for an exemption under the state’s new paid family and medical leave mandate. The original legislation (aka, the “Grand Bargain”) allowed businesses to offer employees a more generous private alternative if they so choose and then apply for an exemption from…

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NE Regional Meeting: Local TV Host Chronicles the Importance of Information

Dunkin’ franchisees from across New England gathered in late April for the annual NE regional meeting. DDIFO invited new business members to join the event at the Sheraton Needham Hotel. Labor attorney Dan Field, a former Chief of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Fair Labor Division, was a featured speaker and touched on critical issues like…

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Franchisee Feedback Driving Next Gen Development

Ari Souliotis bought his first two Dunkin’ restaurants in Vermont during the worst economic downturn in decades. With the Great Recession in full swing and coffee prices skyrocketing, it was tough going. But Souliotis, who had previously launched and built the successful Pizza Chef network in Vermont and New Hampshire, never considered throwing in the…

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