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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Minimum Wage Study Verifies Impact

The small town of Emeryville outside Oakland, California adopted an aggressive living wage law back in 2015. Just one month after the city council passed the minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave ordinance on June 2, the $9.00 minimum wage increased to $12.25 for small businesses (55 or fewer employees) and to $14.44 for large…

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Colorado Ups Wage Theft to Felony

One week ago yesterday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed HB 1267, An Act Concerning Penalties for Failure to Pay Wages, into law. The law provides that employers who refuse to pay a wage claim, falsely deny a wage claim with an intent to not pay, or underpay a claim as a means to harass or…

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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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Alabama House Delays Fair Franchising Vote

Notwithstanding the momentum that the Alabama Franchisee Association and local franchise owners across the state have generated in support of the Protect Alabama Small Business Act (SB 129/HB 352), the Alabama House has postponed a final vote on the bill that was expected to happen this week. There is still a strong possibility that the…

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State Preemption Efforts

As local communities across the country continue to pass their local mandates on such things as environmental policies, employee benefits, minimum wages and the like, some states have responded with state preemption laws prohibiting local communities from getting involved in dictating certain issues. We have a recent example out of Florida and one still brewing…

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New York State of Mind

In building a file to produce Small Regular No Sugar on a weekly basis, extreme policies proposed, considered, or enacted in New York City are regular entries for consideration – some are held until further action, others dismissed because “there’s no way they can be serious!” Well, with yesterday’s announcement that NYC Mayor Bill de…

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Alabama Senate Approves Franchising Bill

The Alabama state senate this week approved the Protect Alabama Small Business Act by an overwhelming vote of 26 -2! The bill now moves to the Alabama house where it has an equally encouraging chance of passage and could be brought for a final vote as early as next week. The Protect Alabama Small Business…

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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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