Business Confidence Drops in Face of “Grand Bargain”

We told you last week that Republican Governor Charlie Baker signed the so-called grand bargain into law in Massachusetts. The ‘bargain’ grants an increase in the minimum wage from the current $11 an hour up to $15 by 2023, a five year phase-in. In addition, it provides up to 12 weeks of paid family leave…

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Massachusetts Governor Signs “Grand Bargain”

Speaking of Massachusetts, governor Charlie Baker yesterday signed into law the so-called Grand Bargain compromise that avoids a couple of contentious issues from appearing on the November ballot. The legislation, negotiated over the past several weeks between advocates and some business groups, provides for an increase in the current $11 per hour minimum wage to…

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They Call That A Bargain?

Yes, if fact in Massachusetts, they’re calling it the Grand Bargain and aside from a permanent sales tax holiday for one weekend every August, it also includes an increase in the current $11 per hour minimum wage to $15 an hour and paid sick and family leave. The legislature on Wednesday put all three on…

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Massachusetts Millionaire Tax Tossed by Court

The Massachusetts Supreme Court has thrown out efforts by progressives to implement an additional 4% surcharge on those who earn in excess of $1 million annually. The Millionaire’s Tax or the “Fair Share Amendment” as it is being called, was drafted as a ballot initiative for the November election and would have earmarked the projected…

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Massachusetts Pay Equity Law Starts July 1

Beginning on the first of next month, a new revision of the existing Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA) goes into effect and business owners need to be aware of its provisions. The changes establish tough new penalties for employers who violate pay equity in the Commonwealth, including twice the amount of unpaid wages owed –…

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Phantom Gourmet Joins New Orleans Line-up!

Delivering on our commitment to bring you the best and most interesting and relevant presentations at the 2018 DDIFO National Conference, we are pleased to announce that The Phantom Gourmet will join us and present the opening keynote address on Monday, June 11! Dave Andelman, CEO, founded The Phantom Gourmet, Inc. back when he began graduate school. In…

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Massachusetts Pregnancy Protections

Effective Sunday, April 1, a new law in Massachusetts expressly prohibits discrimination against employees who are pregnant or experiencing pre- and/or post-birth pregnancy related medical needs. Known as the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, the law immediately requires employers to provide their employees with notice of the act in writing by April 1, 2018 – a…

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Pay Equity Laws

On Monday of this week, the New Jersey Legislature gave overwhelming final approval to a gender pay equity bill that will be one of the strongest in the nation. Governor Phil Murphy (D) is expected to sign the measure, NJ A1/S104. The act will prohibit unequal pay for ‘substantially similar work’ and provides that employees…

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Butter/Margarine Class Action Suits

We are aware that numerous Massachusetts Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees have had filed against them civil class action lawsuits involving the alleged use of margarine or other butter substitutes.  We further understand that the lawsuits allege Massachusetts franchisees placed margarine or another butter substitute on customers’ baked products when the customer specifically asked for “butter”. We…

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