Maryland Overrides Veto, Bans the Box

Despite a veto of SB. 839 by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan last May, the Maryland legislature went ahead and overrode that veto last week and thereby became the 14th state in the nation to “Ban the Box”.  “An Act Concerning Labor and Employment – Criminal Record Screening Practices (Ban the Box)”  prohibits employers with 15…

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Vermont Upholds Paid Leave Veto, Waits on Wage Hike

Vermont Governor Phil Scott vetoed a bill last Friday that would have mandated paid family and medical leave for all employees in the Green Mountain state but that veto was upheld this week by the Vermont House of Representatives. Despite holding a so-called “supermajority”, the democrat-controlled House fell one vote shy of the 100 needed…

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New Jersey Considers “Fair Workweek”

Just days after Governor Phil Murphy signed a dramatic expansion of the WARN Act (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) and only a week after the governor pushed for a millionaire tax in his State of the State address, New Jersey activists unveiled plans for push for legislative passage of Senate bill 921, the so-called Fair…

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Pennsylvania Expands Overtime Coverage

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf had asked the legislature to reach a compromise and present him with a bill increasing the state minimum wage. The legislature couldn’t agree by the deadline Governor Wolf set and the state regulatory apparatus flexed its muscle. The state labor department proposed new increased salary thresholds for overtime exemption and the…

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Ohio Petition Clears Two Hurdles

A constitutional amendment pending in Ohio moved two notches closer to the ballot this week as Attorney General David Yost approved the summary language of the proposal and state election officials certified the initial 1,000 voter signatures.  As we advised just last week, the “Raise the Wage Ohio Amendment” would increase the current $8.70 state…

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Colorado Raises Overtime Threshold

Colorado became the latest state to dramatically increase its overtime threshold last week when the state Department of Labor and Employment released its new rules governing minimum wages and overtime requirements. Under the new rules, the state threshold will mirror the federal trigger of $35,568 until January 1, 2021, at which time the Colorado threshold…

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NYC Bans Cashless Retail

New York City last week joined the parade of local communities banning retail stores from refusing to accept cash as payment when the City Council approved a local ban on cashless businesses by a lopsided vote of 43 – 3. The ordinance, which will take effect 90 days after Mayor Bill de Blasio who supported…

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NJ Governor Signs “Toys R Us” Bill

Just a couple of weeks after the legislature gave it final approval, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act into law. The legislation, which has also at times been dubbed the “Toys R Us” bill in reference to mass layoffs at the former giant toy retailer, amends…

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States Codifying 80/20 Rule

Almost a full year and a half ago, the US Department of Labor (DOL) officially rid the federal regulatory bureaucracy of the so-called 80/20 Rule, which governed minimum wage calculations and requirements for tipped employees when they perform ‘non-tip’ functions. Since then however, individual states have sought to adopt their own versions of the 80/20…

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New York City Targets DoorDash

To welcome in the New Year, New York City Councilor Ritchie Torres filed legislation in the Council that seemingly targets tipping policies of a number of third party delivery companies such as DoorDash. Torres’ legislation, if it passes the council and is approved by Mayor de Blasio, would require certain businesses within The Big Apple…

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