There’s Still Minimum Wages

Notwithstanding some major improvements in the regulatory and legal environments as evidenced above, we still must remain diligent on other issues that can and will directly impact our businesses. Toward that end, and with the New Year just over a week away, we can’t be too hesitant in reminding our subscribers about the upcoming changes…

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Staying In Compliance

There may be much happening now in DC, but we must stay on top of the changes that are regularly taking effect at the state and local level – and ensuring that we are in compliance with the dictates. A good case in point is New York City, where “fair workweek laws” became effective just…

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New York Paid Leave is Nation’s Most Generous

It was actually signed into law by Governor Cuomo back in 2016, but within one month, the New York State Family Leave Law will take full effect. Beginning January 1, 2018, the state’s family leave program will provide New York employees with paid leave and job protection for a number of reasons including to care…

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Massachusetts Ballot Issues Advancing

The proponents are already claiming they’ve collected enough valid voter signatures in Massachusetts to put a couple of wage and paid leave proposals before the voters on the 2018 state ballot. The non-profit RaiseUp Massachusetts said last week that their wage ballot and paid leave measures each had more than double the required 64,750 valid…

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Senate OKs National Paid Leave Proposal

It isn’t the egregious and dictatorial type of paid leave mandate we’ve seen in a number of cities and states around the country, but the US Senate is endorsing the creation of a national paid leave policy. A moderate paid leave policy filed by Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer made its way through the Senate Finance…

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Paternity Leave For Millennials

We can expect the proliferation of paid leave across the nation that we’ve seen in several states, cities and towns to continue as new reports and studies identify paid sick and family medical leave and more specifically, paternity leave as a top priority of so-called Millennials. More than previous generations, millennials demand the benefit from…

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Maryland Governor Files Sick Leave Bill

As a further case in point as to the spread of paid sick leave, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced he will file two paid sick leave bills for consideration during the upcoming legislative session. Last session, the Maryland legislature passed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, a sick leave bill which Hogan vetoed as being…

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Minneapolis Minimum Wage Challenged

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has formally challenged the Minneapolis $15 minimum wage ordinance in Hennepin County District Court. The business group contends the ordinance, which increases the minimum wage to $10 per hour effective January 1, is illegal in that it violates state law, which reserves the power to establish minimum wages to the…

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Paid Sick Leave State Laws

On the subject of paid sick leave, as the trend of government mandating employee benefits for private employees continues – and specifically, paid family medical or sick leave – we found this Business Journal article particularly helpful in understanding who does and does not require paid leave as well as which states and or municipalities…

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Miscellaneous

Dunkin held a CFO call yesterday, during which there was no discussion of the $100 M “fund”. Apparently that will be left for February 2018 meeting, but they did reveal that DD US fees and royalty income to date was tracking a bit higher than last year and that out year accounting standards will cause…

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