State COVID Relief Programs

After the success of its initial funding round ($25.7 million distributed to 741 businesses), the state of Delaware opened up a second round of its popular DE Relief Grant program on October 1. The program, which is a joint initiative of the state and New Castle County, was funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and…

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Fight for $15 Aims At Delaware Next

As legislators in Delaware returned to the state house in Dover last week, they were met by a group of labor activists demanding that the legislators increase the state minimum wage to $15/hour. Fight for $15, the advocacy group funded by the Service Employees International Union, (SEIU), held a rally at the state house seeking…

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Salary History and Plastic Bag Bans

State legislatures continue their parade to ban this or that from the business toolbox and this week we have 2 more with Delaware and New Jersey. Delaware Governor John Carney signed a new plastic bag ban on Monday of this week, making Delaware the 4th state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags. The…

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Delaware and New Hampshire Minimum Wage News

As a number of legislative sessions around the country grind to a halt this weekend, it appears that Delaware legislators were unable to agree on legislation to increase the state minimum wage primarily out of concern that the proposed increase for state workers would cost the First State millions of dollars. If the increase is…

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More on Minimum Wages

Two weeks ago in Small Regular No Sugar!, we told you of a possible change of heart by the city fathers in Emeryville, California. The city council there saw the negative impact that its aggressive increases to the minimum wage were having on businesses and gave initial approval by a 3-2 vote to delaying the…

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Sexual Harassment Training Mandates

The state of Delaware joined New York, California, Maine and Connecticut in mandating sexual harassment training for private employers when Governor John Carney signed HB 360 into law just over one week ago. The new law, which effective on January 1, 2019 broadens the categories of workers covered by the state Discrimination in Employment Act,…

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Delaware Latest to Hike Minimum Wage

We tried to advise you in last weeks issue of the many states and localities that increased their effective minimum wage with the coming of the new fiscal years on July 1, but doing so is shooting at the ultimate moving target. As a case in point, the Delaware legislature debated throughout the weekend and…

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Minimum Wage Roller Coaster

An increase in the Louisiana minimum wage suffered the same fate as pay equity legislation when the senate voted down a bill that would have increased the state minimum wage to $8 in 2019 and $8.50 in 2020. Louisiana is one of only 5 states that do not have a state minimum and hence, defer…

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More States Look At Paid Leave

One issue that we can all expect to see being seriously deliberated in state houses throughout the nation is mandating the adoption and/or expansion of paid sick leave benefits by states and cities. To that point, the New Hampshire House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to legislation that will mandate up to 12 weeks’ paid…

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All in the Family . . . Leave

It may be slipping under the radar somewhat of late, but there has been a lot of activity relating paid sick and family leave mandates in a host of states over the past few weeks. Delaware Governor John Carney signed legislation this week making it easier for state workers to donate sick time and annual…

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