July Brings Minimum Wage Increases

As states around the country begin or advance the re-opening of their economies, one could easily overlook the mandated increases in state and local minimum wages that are already on the books. To avoid that problem, we advise that you check in with your employment professionals or legal counsel on changes that may be happening…

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California Business Asks Minimum Wage Freeze

In the face of the unprecedented coronavirus crisis and the havoc that the global pandemic is wreaking on the American economy, California business groups have called on Governor Gavin Newsom to delay the next installment in the gradual raising of the California minimum wage. When the $15/hour wage law passed in 2016, Governor Jerry Brown…

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What’s Brewing: Drive-thrus, Fight for $15, Labor Law Repealed

You win some, you lose some. That’s the short version of the outlook for quick-service franchise owners as we head towards the end of the first quarter of 2020. On the plus side, the Trump Administration has finally nixed the controversial “joint-employer” rule that has roiled the quick-service sector for more than a half a…

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RI Senate Approves $1 Minimum Wage Increase

For the second straight year, the Rhode Island state senate has passed a new increase in the state minimum wage that could take effect on October 1, 2020 – just over one month before Election Day. The proposal, which increases the current state minimum of $10.50 per hour to $11.50 per hour, must still pass…

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Florida Supreme Court OKs Wage Question to Ballot

Shortly before Christmas, the Florida Supreme Court wrapped up and handed Orlando attorney/activist John Morgan a big present with its approval of a proposed state constitutional amendment that would increase the minimum wage in the Sunshine State to $15/hour in 2026. Morgan was instrumental in the drafting of the proposed amendment and has essentially been…

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Independent Joe #58 October/November

Each of us makes commitments that help define the direction of our lives. These include personal commitments to our spouse, family members and friends, and professional commitments to our employer, co-workers and partners. Webster’s defines commitment as, “The state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.,” and Matt Light, our featured speaker…

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Elections Have Consequences

In most states, elections were held earlier this week and we want to just touch on a couple of results as they may become relevant to business issues in the future. First off, up in Portland Maine, incumbent progressive Mayor Ethan Strimling was eliminated before the final round in the ranked-choice local election. He defined…

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Florida Wage Question Clearing Signature Hurdle

The effort to put a minimum wage increase to $15 on the Florida ballot has moved that much closer to reality as advocates have submitted over 763,000 valid voter signatures already. Florida For a Fair Wage, the primary sponsor of the initiative, must to collect and submit at least 766,200 voter signatures by February to…

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Target Goes To $15, Cuts Hours

Retail giant Target is just one of a host of major retailers that, with much fanfare, announced they would raise the minimum wage for all of their employees to $15/hour. Target made the announcement back in 2017, followed by a number of other big-box stores, committing to bring all employee pay up to a minimum…

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Minimum Wage Veto, Prospects and Impact

We’ve got 3 dimensions of the nation minimum wage debate to report to you this week and each coming from a different east coast state. First, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu stayed true to his word when he vetoed legislation that would have increased the current state minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. SB 10…

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