Baltimore Minimum Wage Vote Set for Next Month

The Baltimore City Council is set to decide next month whether it will mandate a city minimum wage of $15 per hour.  Last week, the City Council’s Labor Committee unanimously voted to send the bill to the full council for a vote.  Council President “Jack” Young is staunchly opposed to a $15 minimum as a…

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Other Minimum Wage Issues

Elsewhere, we note that minimum wage in Minnesota will increase effective August 1 for both small and larger employers.  Minnesota provides for two different minimums based on the size of the employer business.  Large employers (at least $500,000 gross annual revenues) will be required to pay $9.50 per hour beginning next month, while small employers…

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Unintended Consequences

Arguably, one of the greatest works in English literature is The Canterbury Tales. This collection of 24 individual stories is presented as a story-telling contest by pilgrims traveling to visit a shrine at Canterbury Cathedral back in the 14th century. In this iconic work, author Geoffrey Chaucer is credited with giving birth to the first…

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What’s Brewing: Payroll challenges, Menus, Labor Costs

Warning: A tidal wave of minimum wage laws and food labeling red tape may soon be headed your way. Dunkin’ and other quick service franchise owners are facing what is shaping up to be a challenging and unpredictable 2016. A no-holds-barred presidential race has pumped new energy into an array of activist causes, from the…

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SCOTUS Lets Seattle Minimum Wage Stand

In a major disappointment to the International Franchise Association as well as the broader franchise community, without comment, the US Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that ratified the law.  Joined by a handful of local franchisees, the IFA brought suit claiming the law violated a…

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Minimum Wage Actions and Protests

Notwithstanding that they have enjoyed a certain amount of success in the push to increase the minimum wage, organized labor advocates organized a number of protests around the country again yesterday.  Despite it being just a week after New York and California governors each signed legislation adopting the magical number of $15/hour, protest organizers were…

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New York City Expands Protections, Raises Minimum Wage

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio last week signed legislation expanding protections for employees under the NYC Human Rights Law, by adding “caregiver status” as an additional protected category.  The Mayor added the “caregiver” category to the list of those protected from being fired, demoted or denied promotion because they’re a caregiver or perceived…

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Starving Airport Workers and Elected Officials

Maybe it’s the next phase of the so-called Fight for $15, but airport workers around the country undertook a 24-hour fast this week to bring attention to their working conditions and allegedly low wages.  Not surprisingly, SEIU is integrally involved in the protests.  In Massachusetts, the union’s VP explained why, saying that “decades-in-the-making dysfunctional contracting…

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SEIU Makes Political News

That same national union that is leading the so-called Fight for $15 as well as airport hunger strikes and a host of other initiatives to try and grow their membership made political news a few weeks ago with a presidential endorsement to much fanfare.   The national union’s Executive Board last week announced its endorsement of…

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Cuomo Accuses Business of Stealing

Incredibly, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo accused businesses of stealing from the taxpayers because the state provides financial assistance to residents earning below certain levels of income.  On a “push the legislature for $15/hour wage” tour, the Governor said that “Business is stealing from the taxpayers of this state” because workers making less than $15/hour…

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